Thursday, November 03, 2011

The way we were...Hialeah politics and Miami cops

Miami News, Nov 3, 1971

40 years ago, Nov. 3, 1971:

Hialeah voters elect Henry Milander to a 14th term as mayor, despite the fact that he was on probation following a conviction on grand larceny charges the year before.

One of Milander's challengers, William Lockward, told the Miami News he would file suit to have the election returns inspected. "It's unbelievable. I don't think the people would endorse a convicted criminal," Lockward said.

Also victorious was Francis A. (Tony) Benedetto, candidate for the city council. The Miami News reported Benedetto "served on the city council for 15 years before he was convicted in 1969 ... of possessing untaxed cigarettes with the intent to sell them. He is currently under indictment on charges of accepting a payoff for fixing a traffic ticket."

Miami News, Nov. 4, 1971

Meanwhile, in other news 40 years ago, the Miami Police Benevolent Association decided to spend $20,000 to fight a lawsuit filed by black cops who were seeking admission to the all-white union.

Miami News, Nov. 3, 1971

1 comment:

  1. Good thing a different culture took over in Hialeah and cleaned that political mess up, huh?

    Might even ask the same about Miami.


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