BY BUDDY NEVINS
Sunrise Deputy Mayor Don Rosen owns a company which has “a business relationship” with the man seeking to build a garbage transfer station in his city, according to a city document.
Rosen, who has been the most outspoken commissioner lobbying for the project, does work for Ace Waste Services, which is owned by one of the same waste executives behind the Sunrise waste proposal Jim Feeley Jr.
“James Feeley Jr. is a principal in one of the entities that owns GREEN (Now LLC), and he is also the principal and owner of ACE which has a business relationship with Deputy Mayor Rosen’s business,” City Attorney Stuart Michelson explained in a November 3 letter to the state Ethics Commission.
Green Now LLC is the firm seeking to build the Sunrise waste project.
The Michelson letter, obtained by Browardbeat.com, confirmed a charge Commissioner Sheila Alu made at the recent commission meeting. She said Rosen and Mayor Roger Wishner were in the pocket of those who wanted to build the waste transfer station.
Michelson wrote the letter supposedly to find out whether Rosen can vote on the Sunrise project. But the city attorney seems to have made up his mind before receiving an ethics opinion.
Michelson bends over backwards in his three-page letter, repeatedly stating reasons why Rosen should be allowed to vote.
Since the project appears to have the support of Wishner and Commissioner Larry Sofield, Rosen is the potential third vote needed to approve it.
Rosen also was a key vote to hire Michelson without taking bids from other attorneys.
“Mr. Feeley is an officer and director of ACE, and Deputy Mayor Rosen is an officer and director of EVETON, and there is no direct business relationship between Mr. Feeley and Deputy Mayor Rosen, or ACE and Deputy Mayor Rosen. Accordingly, there would not seem to be a conflict…” Michelson wrote.
The commission’s Chief Assistant General Counsel C. Christopher Anderson III agreed with Michelson in a letter dated November 16. He wrote that Rosen can vote on the waste project because it is a separate corporate entity from the firm Rosen’s firm does business with.
Regardless of what the toothless Ethics Commission staff attorney says, politically this deal stinks.
And there are other agencies out there who might be interested in this seemy deal — the State Attorney’s Office? The FBI?
I warned voters about Rosen before he was re-elected. Not only does he have a questionable past of alleged harassment of women in law enforcement, but this is the guy who lied to the public about having a college degree and has never changed his story.
I don’t believe Don Rosen has the moral fiber to be a commissioner.
Rosen is doing everything he can to facilitate construction of a garbage dump in Sunrise….for a guy he does business with.
Now we know the backstory.