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Pizzi blasts Miami Lakes attorney for pursuing mayor case

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely Judge ruled Tuesday, March 31, 2015, that former Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi can return immediately to his duties as mayor and receive back payments, allowances and benefits from Aug. 13, 2013, to the present. Michael Pizzi in court as Ely hears arguments ruling on the case involving Miami Lakes Mayor Wayne Slaton and Pizzi on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely Judge ruled Tuesday, March 31, 2015, that former Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi can return immediately to his duties as mayor and receive back payments, allowances and benefits from Aug. 13, 2013, to the present. Michael Pizzi in court as Ely hears arguments ruling on the case involving Miami Lakes Mayor Wayne Slaton and Pizzi on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

One day after winning a legal victory to regain his job as Miami Lakes mayor, Michael Pizzi railed against town attorney Raul Gastesi for appealing the town's loss and accused him of wasting taxpayer money.

"It's unconscionable and contrary to the public interest for the town attorney, Mr. Gastesi, to commit an enormous amount of tax money to an appeal without first giving the town council and the public an opportunity to digest the judge's opinion and perhaps decide to respect the judge's ruling," Pizzi told the Miami Herald on Wednesday.

"I'm convinced that none of the council members would be willing to waste more tax dollars after reading that opinion.”

The Miami Lakes council discussed appeals and other factors associated with the mayoral case at a March 3 meeting, during which they voted to give attorneys the greenlight to file an appeal, if needed.

“The town council authorized the attorneys to file an appeal and to protect the town’s and the mayor’s rights,” Gastesi said to the Miami Herald Wednesday. “We are holding an executive session on Friday April 3 at 7:30 a.m. to discuss strategy; thereafter, if any additional action needs to be taken in form of a vote, it will be done at a properly noticed meeting of the town council.”

The next Miami Lakes council meeting is will be 6:30 p.m. April 14 at Town Hall, 6601 Main St., Miami Lakes.

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