The same Florida Mayor who couldn’t recall who gave him the use of a $100,000 luxury sedan, is now in the midst of another controversy. North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre has admitted to holding on to over $100,000 in donations to Haiti earthquake victims since March of this year pending the collection of pledges from two neighboring communities, of another $75,000. Pierre claimed that he was waiting to collect at least $200,000 before sending the funds off to Haiti.
The politician told his city council members Tuesday that Mayor Shirley Gibson of Miami Gardens pledged $25,000, while Juan Carlos Bermudez of Doral promised $50,000. According to Pierre, the other communities had not yet sent the monies because they were waiting to hear how the monies would be spent. However, after being contacted by the Miami Herald, both mayors denied ever discussing any pledges or donations with Pierre.
Even North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin was surprised that Pierre claimed to have some arrangement with the neighboring communities. “I was certainly never involved with any discussion about a $200,000 goal,” said Galvin.
On Tuesday evening, the city council voted to send the monies off to Haiti immediately amid criticism from donors that the money should have been sent earlier. The Haiti disaster occurred on January 12, 2010.