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UPDATED Suspended Miami Lakes mayor makes no mention of arrest in end-of-year email


It landed in inboxes on Dec. 31: an email titled "New Year's Message" from suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi.

"Dear Friends," it began before rattling off a list of accomplishments, including a street expansion and the construction of a new fire station.
Left unsaid: the fact that Pizzi had to send the message from his personal Gmail account -- and not on Miami Lakes letterhead -- because he was busted by the feds in August. Pizzi has pleaded not guilty to allegedly taking $6,750 in kickbacks.
Since his arrest, Pizzi has often turned to email to declare his innocence and vow to fight the corruption charges.
But there was no mention of that in his end-of-year greeting. All was hunky-dory.
"Nothing else that happened this year takes away from my great sense of joy as I watch our Town flourish under the programs that we initiated and all the things we talked about the State of the Town address got done," Pizzi wrote. "Going to the ribbon cutting does not matter, but helping the people does. That is all that ever matters."
He wasn't being disingenuous, Pizzi said in a follow-up email to the Miami Herald. He's just proud of his achievements, he said, noting the irony of projects coming to fruition now that he's out of office.
"I think everyone in Miami Lakes is aware of what happened to me," Pizzi wrote. "I can assure you that I'm aware of it everyday, as is my family. Not a fun Christmas."
This post has been updated with comments from Pizzi's follow-up email.