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Suspended Miami Lakes mayor resigns post as Medley town attorney

@Paradise_Afshar and Theo Karantsalis

Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi has stepped down from his role as Medley town attorney.

His resignation — which is effective Thursday — was announced during a special council meeting Wednesday night by John Griffin, a labor attorney.

“I am happy that the matter was resolved amicably and with class and professionalism,” Pizzi said in a phone interview with the Miami Herald. “In my entire career as a public servant, and as an attorney, I have always acted in the public’s and my client’s best interest.”

On Aug. 6 Pizzi was arrested by federal agents in his Miami Lakes office on charges of conspiring to commit extortion.

“I fully expect to be exonerated,” Pizzi said. “But as an attorney I feel right now, with the distraction going on and the necessity of me resolving my personal issue, I made the determination that this will be in the best interest of the people of Medley.”

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