Canvassing Board Approves Recall Votes

MIAMI (CBS4) – The Miami-Dade County canvassing board has officially approved the votes from Tuesday’s recall election. That means, that Carlos Alvarez and Natacha Seijas are now former city officials. Both former Mayor Alvarez and Commissioner Seijas lost by overwhelming numbers in Tuesday’s vote.

Seijas and Alavarez lost by a nearly 9-1 margin.

According to the board, 184,652  voters voted yes to recall Alvarez while 24,796 voted against the recall. The results show that 17,677 voted yes to recall Seijas while 2,485 voted against removing the commissioner.

With a population of more than two million people, Miami-Dade is now the largest county in the country to ever recall a top politician.

The Miami-Dade commission now has 30 days to appoint a replacement for Alvarez. If they appoint someone, that replacement will be mayor until the next countywide election which is scheduled for January 2012, during the Republican presidential primary.

It was a former colleague who was tasked with signing the paperwork that officially terminated Alvarez and Seijas.

“This was very difficult for me to participate in, especially when we are considering one of my colleagues as well as the mayor who I have worked closely with,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. 

CBS4 News has learned that County Manager George Burgess who resigned Wednesday will collect on his contract, which entitles him to one year’s salary and benefits. 

The total amount is $420,000. 

Former Mayor Carlos Alvarez, however, does not have a contract and his compensation package has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, the winner of that election would have to run again in November 2012 when Alvarez’s term is up. An appointed replacement will not serve out the remainder of Alvarez’s term. They will only serve untik January.

If the commission does not appoint a replacement then they have to set a day for an election, to be held within 60 days, probably sometime around end of May or early June.

The winner of that election would serve out the remainder of Alvarez’s term, which ends in November 2012.

A number of candidates have already said they plan to run for the Mayor’s job if Alvarez was ousted, but in a recent Miami Herald-CBS4-Univision poll no clear front runner had emerged.

Alvarez and Seijas faced removal from office because both supported a county budget that raised the tax rate, and the taxes of many Miami-Dade residents, even as it granted raises to thousands of county employees, including some members of Alvarez’s personal staff.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve this community for the past 35 years,” Alvarez said in his statement. “The voters have spoken and a time of healing and reconciliation must now begin. No matter which side of the recall issue, one thing is certain: we all care very deeply about this community.”

“I wish the next Mayor of Miami-Dade County much success.”

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  1. Luis Bonilla says:

    CARLOS & NATACHA,

    TODAY IS A GREAT DAY. OFFICIALLY U BOTH INCOMPETENT SH**S ARE OUSTED FROM YOUR POSITIONS. TO THE REST OF THE CUBAN MAFIA THAT RUN THIS CITY, BE AWARE, THE CITIZENS ARE FED UP AND YOU WILL BE NEXT.

  2. JOSE PELIER says:

    WHEN IN A POND THE WATER DO NOT RUN THE WATER GETS ROTTEN,
    WE MUST BRING NEW FLOW OF WATER TO THE POND. SO, EVERYTHING CAN FLORISH AND REVIVE, WE NEED FLOW OF NEW WATER IN THIS TOWN TO BRING LIFE TO THE POND . SO, ALL AROUND WILL FLORISH, PROSPER AND PRODUCE FRUITS..
    GOOD BY ALVAREZ AND NATHACHA.

    JOSE PELIER

  3. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

    Both ALVAREZ & SEIJAS are out!
    Now let’s not do something stupid like elect Julio Robaina from Hialeah, he is one of Natacha’s Seijas croonies… Robaina could put the county under!

    1. No Robaina!!!! says:

      You are totallly right Gain and Agein!! Robaina is the worst thing that can happen. Mr. Braman, don’t ruin your legacy on the Recall, and allow this to happen. Robaina went to every Public Meeting on the Marlins at the City and County to plead for the Stadium. See, the Marlins bribed him with a promise of a baseball youth academy in Hialeah. Now Robaina is on Cuban radio saying that the reason the Stadium wasn’t built in Hialeah was that it was a bad business deal!! Are you kidding me!!!! Mr. Braman, this man fought hard to push the Stadium on all the taxpayers in Miami-Dade County, including his own constituents in Hialeah!! At this point, anyone but Robaina should be the mantra. He has the highest Salary in the County as Mayor of a City. His entire comp package is pensionable. So, after only 6 years as Mayor, his pension will be close to $130K. His comp package is valued at over $250K. He is forcing his employees to take a 20% cut in pay. Fine, problem with that, is that, like Alvarez, he is protecting himself, and the members of his administration, by only taking a nominal 3% paycut. Like Alvarez, but worse, as I said. At least Alvarez gave all the County employees a pay increase, he just gave himself and his cronies a higher increase. Robaina would be a complete disaster for this County!!

  4. Carla says:

    Well after,few days out of Miami…Either Robaina,Carlos Gimenez or the One from Doral(He said,Made Doral..??) will,NOT have my Vote..When,the recall for ALL the Rest..Miami Mayor??? too..City of Shame…Stop the same names…all over again..Let’s change for Smith’s…or ???

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