Despite reports Feingold not to pursue reinstatement as city attorney

By Kimberly Porter….
City attorney Laurence Feingold resigned at the last commission meeting after being led to believe there were enough votes to force him out. As the Miami Herald reported March 7th, knowing now that might not have been the case Feingold considered asking for his job back. He has since decided against it.

“Upon advice of counsel I have a legal right to get my job back but the thought of spending perhaps three more years next to the Queen of Mean is detrimental to my health and welfare,” Feingold said.

The “Queen of Mean” is in reference to the infamous Leona Helmsley, legendary for mistreating staff. It is also Feingold’s new nickname for Vice Mayor Valerie Newman. Both the attorney and some of the commission board believe his ousting was the maneuvering of Newman alone. He said, “This lady was my dear friend and she turned on me.”

Vice Mayor Newman allegedly had Feingold believe that Commissioner Velma Palmer would vote against him if he did not step down willingly. Palmer actually spoke up in defense of the attorney during the March 1st commission meeting at which he resigned, wondering where the Vice Mayor got the power to single-handedly make personnel decisions. Palmer called Newman’s move “hateful,” “vindictive,” “spiteful” and “destructive.”

When asked why Newman wanted him out, Feingold said “She tells me I spend too much time with the Mayor. She doesn’t like the way I rule. She tells others I’m too political. She’s told different people different things.”

Feingold says he took an oath to never plead a false case, so he cannot interpret the law always to Newman’s liking. He noted a comment made online under the Miami Herald article, saying that it is “unreal to hear that a retail clerk is telling an attorney with nearly 50 years of law experience what to do with any type of contract.” Feingold has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1962 and previously served as the City of Miami Beach’s city attorney for six years.

“I will honor my resignation unless the city needs me for a short time thereafter while finding my replacement,” concludes Feingold.

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4 Comments on "Despite reports Feingold not to pursue reinstatement as city attorney"

  1. DonnaShelley | March 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply

    Chaos is the only way to keep control. Recommend, hire, set 'em up to fail, fire. That's the way it goes and goes and goes. And we get to pay the bills and have little to no forward motion.

  2. south miami resident | April 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply

    You are so right.. When the vice mayor stays in charge and creates such havoc, it keeps people in a constant state of flux and chaos and then anything goes..And it does, and so do some pretty good people.

    • this attorney was head honcho in Miami Beach and was over qualified but took the job becuase he was a South Miami resident. He brought in Goldstein former Hallandale City Attorney and personally paid Goldstein from his salary. Now we got a guy who has no municipal experience at all but knows Walter Harris. Well wecan no loonger say the Pork Choppers are all upstate,

  3. makes me ill | April 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Reply

    South Miami hires a city attorney with no experience>WHY

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