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Hialeah Mayor Julio ROBAINA BUYING VOTES with Taxpayer Money (Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate)

Posted by FactReal on May 21, 2011

This is how Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina gets citizens to vote in mass for him
(Hat tip: DatosReales)
Just days before the special election to vote for a new Miami-Dade County mayor, the article below comes out subtly promoting City of Hialeah Mayor and Miami-Dade County mayoral candidate Julio Robaina as the new Robin Hood giving away houses to the “poor.” The article confirms what we have been reporting: Mayor Julio Robaina is using the Obama so-called stimulus package (a.k.a. ARRA) to finance Hialeah projects that are visible to the voters.
Under Robaina’s administration, voters have seen new projects in Hialeah and many have benefited directly from Robaina’s giveaways despite the severe economic recession. But do they know that Robaina’s spending is adding to our debt, and thus, perpetuating the economic crisis?

Robaina, of course, uses every event to self-promote (i.e., a speech, a photo-op) and to let citizens to believe that “he did it” and “he built it” – as if he did it with his own money. He learned this very well from his über-leftist mentor Raul Martinez. Robaina fails to mention how he has added to the debt by using Obama’s “stimulus.” In other words, Robaina takes all the credit while voters around this nation and generations to come will be paying for his liberal largesse and pet projects.

Read the article carefully. The recipient of this taxpayer-funded house is a carpenter. The article doesn’t mention why this carpenter qualified for so much government assistance. He has a 1 year old, which indicates that he has enough physical stamina to…work.

Here is a rush translation:

Jeadciel Pupo, a carpenter who arrived seven years ago with his family from Cuba, made the dream of home ownership on Thursday in Hialeah, thanks to a housing subsidy program for low-income people.

Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, Pupo gave the keys to the residence of 720 East 6th Street. The property of three bedrooms and two bathrooms is worth $ 140,000, but Pupo only pay $ 300 a month for the next 20 years.

“I cannot believe it. I’m still dreaming,” Pupo said El Nuevo Herald. “This is the great American dream, I am very grateful.”

Pupo, who lives with his wife Emma and their children Jesse, 9, and Jazhiel, 1, is the first in the City of Hialeah to be benefited by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program from grants the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said Frederick Marinelli, director of the Department of Human Services Grants and the City of Hialeah.

The program is promoted by the government to acquire, rehabilitate and sell foreclosed or abandoned homes to low-income residents.

Marinelli said that by being a first-time home buyer, Pupo received additional support under the federal stimulus program, American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA), created in 2009.

Last August, the City of Hialeah bought the house in $ 82,000 to Wells Fargo Bank, who had seized it for nonpayment. Then invested another $ 60,000 repairing it completely. The renovation work included building a new bedroom, bathroom and laundry area.

In February, Emma went to the city to obtain information on homeownership assistance programs.

“I filled out some papers and I left,” said Emma. “In the following months they interviewed us a couple of times. Last Friday they called us to tell us that we had qualified for the house. We could not believe it.”

Since 2008, Pupo and his family occupied an apartment of two rooms at the Palm Center building, at 60 East 3rd Street. The landmark building of the Hialeah Housing Authority, painted in yellow and orange, is occupied by low-income tenants who pay moderate rents. Pupo paid $ 772 a month.

“We are very fortunate,” Pupo said. “Before we were getting aid to rent an apartment, but now they have given us tremendous help to make us homeowners.”

Marinelli said that as part of commitment to be a beneficiary of the program, Pupo may not sell the house in the next 20 years. If he does, he will have to pay the house value.

He added that because of the federal stimulus of about $ 3 million, the City will complete in July the construction of two new buildings, one of 33 apartments and one of nine, to be occupied by low-income people.

More on Mayor Julio Robaina here.
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