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In New Year's message, ex-Homestead mayor facing corruption charges says he'll be 'exonerated'


It's fair to say that 2013 wasn't the best year for former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman. Bateman was arrested on corruption charges in August, arrested again for campaign finance violations in November and lost his bid for re-election. 

Still, Bateman focused on the positive in a "Happy New Year" greeting he distributed via e-mail and Facebook. 

"I feel strongly that I left the city better than when I found it," Bateman wrote. "Together, we have made Homestead a better place for your family and mine." 

While some argue that Bateman's public downfall was a black eye for the city, Bateman boasted that his time in office included the opening of a free trolley system, the issuance of more than 700 new business licenses, and "many other key projects." 

"With respect to my legal issues, I believe that justice will prevail and that I will be exonerated," Bateman wrote.