Monday, February 13, 2017


By Jim Barton
From The Brownsville 

Many of us, without the debilitation of three strokes and a seizure episode and the associated memory loss, wish we could forget the extraordinarily unethical city attorney, Mark Sossi.
City Attorney Mark Sossi
(Caricature by Nena)

Sossi, who came to Brownsville with a well-deserved bad reputation, after stealing $167, 363 from a previous employer, pocketing $20,711.63 earmarked for employee unemployment benefits, then, once in Brownsville, encountered two malpractice lawsuits, huge liens from the I.R.S., and alleged involvement in a scam to defraud Brownsville businessmen, the so-called "Bannergate."

All the while the City Attorney was under contract with the City of Brownsville for legal services at the rate of $10,000 per month or $120,000 per year and with a city board dispersing tax dollars for economic development, the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, at the rate of $5,000 per month or $60,000 per year.

Recently, the City Commission, with their heads totally in the sand over Sossi's lack of ethics, rewarded him by making him a full-fledged city employee with benefits.

A motion was made by Rick Longoria, seconded by Cesar de Leon (actually John Villarreal) and unanimously approved by the City Commission to make Mark Sossi a city employee with full benefits. This foolish action, not in the city's best interests, may have been prompted by Sossi's recent fathering of a child with a woman he recently met in a strip club. The benevolent city commissioners may have had the interests of the child in mind, not so much protecting the city from the dangers of incompetent, unethical legal advice.

Sossi's good fortune in finally being made a full-fledged city employee despite his many ethical transgressions may be tempered by his likely loss of the contract to be GBIC's legal eagle.

Agenda item #8 for the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation's meeting schedule for 2/16/17 is all about replacing Sossi in his $5,000 per month, $60,000 per year gig with the GBIC. The agenda item reads:

8. Discussion and action to grant the Interim Executive Director authority to solicit Requests for Proposal and curriculum vitaefor legal services to the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation.
As a GBIC board member stated:

"Well, I think he might be instructing us to make changes that are not proper. He green lights things that shouldn't be done, and even worse- they are his suggestions. He thinks he's a board member himself."


Anonymous said...

Who gives a fuck!

Anonymous said...

Sossi means Save Our Ship Stupid Idiots

Anonymous said...

Who gives a double fuck!?

Anonymous said...

So is his ex-wife available for parties?

Anonymous said...

La que le puso los cuernos ella es available for everybody 😅La younger women es ex entertainment!! Dummy cómo va estar disponible your so dumb