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Crist picks Taylor for Palm Beach County commission seat

by George Bennett | July 3rd, 2009

Gov. Charlie Crist today crossed party lines and named Democratic state Rep. Priscilla Taylor of West Palm Beach to fill the minority-dominated Palm Beach County commission seat of retired Addie Greene.

Taylor’s appointment runs through November 2010, when an election will fill the District 7 seat for the next two years. Taylor recently opened a 2010 campaign, saying she planned to run for the seat regardless of whether she was appointed by Crist.

Taylor will be the county’s only black commissioner, as was Greene. District 7, which runs from Lake Park to Delray Beach, is about 48 percent black and 40 percent white.

“This particular District 7 needs representation…I’m just ready to get in and get to work,” said Taylor, who said she was “grateful” that Crist chose her from more than 20 applicants.

Commissioners now are trying to craft a 2009-10 budget at a time when plummeting real estate values have made it more difficult to reap big property tax revenue windfalls.

“I don’t know everything” about the county budget, Taylor said, but she said he hopes to quickly get up to speed.

In District 7, Democrats outnumber Republicans by roughly a 4-to-1 margin.

Many Republicans publicly urged the Republican governor to name a GOP appointee to the seat. County GOP Chairman Sid DInerstein was among those calling for a Republican appointee, but he conceded Republicans probably would not be able to hold the seat in an election.

Some Republicans said privately they would not object to Taylor because she has maintained cordial relations with the business community.

Taylor, 59, owns an insurance agency and was a Port of Palm Beach commissioner before winning election to the state House in 2004. A special election will fill the final year of her current state House term.

Greene was reelected to a new term in November 2008, but announced in March that she planned to step down because of health concerns. Her last day in office was April 30. Greene wanted Crist to name Taylor as her replacement and recently expressed disappointment that the seat had remained open for two months.

Today, however, Greene was pleased.

“Boy, what a beautiful Fourth of July,” Greene said. “I told her (Taylor) I never did give up on the governor even though it took him so long.”

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10 Responses to “Crist picks Taylor for Palm Beach County commission seat”

  1. Google Alert – is the post office open today | All Days Long Says:

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  2. Dr. Moore Says:

    I sure hope this lady is smarter than her predecessor. I have seen few people as inept as Addie was. She just proved that if you carve out a district right anyone can get elected. I hope Ms. Taylor’s first agenda item is to see Addie Green sharing a cell with Miss Piggie.

  3. PBC Citizen Says:

    Priscella…….please follow Bob Weisman’s plan and keep this county great!

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  5. sarah Says:

    Just what this county didnt need… THANKS CRIST!!!!

  6. state rep. darryl rouson Says:

    Rep. Taylor now Commr. Taylor,

    Congratulations on your excellent appointment. I enjoyed so much serving with you in the House. As you know, I relied on your sage advice and willing guidance on many issues. You were an excellent source of information and history for me on the Committees we served on, particularly, Civil and Criminal Justice Appropriations. Don’t leave me!!! The people of District 7 are getting a hard worker and a savvy stateswoman.

    darryl rouson

  7. REAL COMMISH Says:

    Comfort Inn has no vacancies – and dont park in the lot.

    I will be coming for my seat soon.

  8. Mordy Ki Says:

    HURRICANE SCAM ALERT!!!

    Here’s how it works. You suffer damage to your property. Your insurance company refuses to pay the full amount that it will take to repair your property. Someone recommends a Public Adjuster Claim Service to you. The salesman (who works on commission) states that his company is the best in the business, guarantees that he will get you the additional money that you need to fully repair the damage and will do all of this quickly. All of this is offered for a fee of 20% of the additional money you get when the claim is settled. Out of financial and emotional desperation, you sign their contract. You are now officially scammed.

    Be advised that a Public Adjuster Claim Service is nothing more than a licensed insurance salesman. He has no more influence over your insurance company than you do.

    Before you sign a Public Adjuster Claim Service contract (they are all from the same “boilerplate”), know that this contract can NEVER be cancelled (after the three-day right to rescind has passed), does not have a termination or expiration date, does not specify what will be specifically provided or delivered, lives on until the claim is settled, cannot be terminated for failure to deliver (breach of contract) and the Public Adjuster Claim Service is legally entitled to receive his fee (because of the contract wording) even if he has nothing to do with the settlement. In fact, he doesn’t have to do a thing to collect his full fee!

    In my case, after I signed his contract, it was filed away waiting for someone to settle the claim. It is guaranteed money to the Public Adjuster Claim Service.

    The Public Adjuster Claim Service that I contracted with did nothing for seven months – not even call me. I fired them – I thought. I hired an attorney who settled the case/claim 15 months later. Because of the Public Adjuster Claim Service contract, I was still obligated to pay his $19,000 fee.

    If this sounds like sour grapes, call the State of Florida Consumer Protection Agency (877-693-5236) and ask them to verify my statements and the reputation of the Public Adjuster Claim Service. The only way to stop this cheating scam is to change the law. Better yet, don’t sign a Public Adjuster Claim Service contract.

    Hire an attorney if you need to and don’t let them charge you more than a 20% fee. And a reputable contractor will provide a free quote to repair your damage that can be given to your attorney to forward to your insurance company.

    BEWARE. DON’T HIRE A PUBLIC ADJUSTER CLAIM SERVICE. You will be scammed like me.

  9. will Says:

    this seat has only served to benefit the person that held it, nothing of substance has come from having a lone black person on the commission. one vote among six it only counted when Greene was the deciding vote on Scripps. we need to go back to five member at large voting.

  10. Dean Says:

    Congratulations to Commissioner Taylor! My only wish was that it happened two months ago.

    She’s a fine person and has the qualities to be an excellent commissioner. If Shelley Vana is any indication, getting someone from the legislature is a move that will benefit Palm Beach County government.

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