Hallandale Beach leaders to discuss Vice Mayor scandal

HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Hallandale Beach officials will discuss allegations that Vice Mayor Bill Julian gave a favorable vote so his favorite charity would receive a van, Wednesday night.

The allegations stem from an accidental voicemail recording that caught Julian saying, “What I did was I voted against an extra $25,000. We are already gonna get $25,000. I didn’t want to (inaudible) for more because what they don’t know is they’re buying the food bank a new van, but I couldn’t tell everybody.”

After the voicemail recording came out, Hallandale Beach commissioners Keith London and Michele Lazarow called for Julian’s resignation. It resulted in an altercation between the commissioners.

“Stick a sock in it,” Julian told them at the time.

“Stick a sock in it? You should’ve done that, you should’ve done that,” Lazaro responded.

The commissioners were escorted out of that meeting. Later Julian said, “I’ve been ordered not to make comments right now.”

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper would only say that anything that happens in her city is of concern to her.

“Anything that happens in my city, is a great concern, anything that’s good, anything that’s bad,” Cooper said.

London believes the Governor’s officer should step in and investigate. “I can’t help that if we’re the minority,” London said. “We’re trying to clean this disaster up of corruption. I can’t help that the leadership here wants to sweep it under the rug and say it’s OK.”

Meanwhile, other commissioners expressed frustration that other tasks have fallen by the wayside during the scandal.

“We can’t even be adult enough to conduct city business,” Commissioner Anthony Sanders said.

London said that the commission will discuss further action at Wednesday night’s meeting.

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