The Casino Land Deal
“We Will Do Whatever Must Be Done to Get Justice”
By Josh Resnek
The Wynn Resorts casino story has taken yet another odd twist with a lawsuit filed in Federal Court last week asserting that Anthony Gattineri is owed $19 million for his share of the land conveyed to Wynn Resorts.
He claims he is owed this money and that the deal was made with a handshake!
Gattineri, one of the owners of FBT Realty, alleges that Robert DeSalvio, a senior executive at Wynn running the Everett Encore project, offered him $18.7 on a handshake if he’d sign paperwork that paved the way for the highly contested land sale to Wynn for $35 million instead of the negotiated price of $75 million.
The negotiations for the land the casino is being built upon are epic – the stuff of a novel – with a gangster, and a former business partner of the Gaming Commission chair all involved in the land deal.
“This law suit is not designed to interfere with the building of the casino,” said Attorney Stephen Gordon, who is representing Gattineri.
“A handshake is an enforceable contract. It is the equivalent of a legally binding agreement. I will do everything that is necessary for my client. Everything,” he said.
Council’s Hearing on EPS Budget Earns a Grade of … Incomplete
By Josh Resnek
The School Department meeting with the City Council last week featured a huge crowd of concerned teachers, the entire School Committee and Superintendent of Schools Fred Foresteire with his entire team, discussing the new budget.
Foresteire told the council that even with an additional $6 million or so provided by the city to the schools, the budget will be about $5 million short.
Several councilors, led by Councilor Mike Marchese wondered aloud how to cut school spending.
Marchese toyed with the idea of cutting the day care and early morning child care, from the all day schooling which Everett’s youngest students are provided.Continue Reading
— EYE ON EVERETT–
This Budget Debate is Priceless
By Josh Resnek
The debate about school department spending in this city by the city council and the mayor defies logic.
Mind you, there is nothing wrong with the mayor and the city council questioning school department spending.
What is wrong is questioning how to cut school spending. School spending cannot be cut.
Running the city’s schools is an expensive proposition from year to year.
Far more expensive and imperative is keeping up an espirit de corps, so all the troops working for the kids believe that this is something to live for and to devote ones life to.
You can put a price tag on public school education.Continue Reading
Top Ten Taxpayers in Everett
By Kate Resnek
The top ten taxpayers in Everett are giving the city a combined amount of about $27 million dollars in property taxes, a review of assessing records at city hall reveals.
These ten taxpayers are as varied as night is from day. They provide a number of different goods and services for the City of Everett and the State of Massachusetts. From one of the largest powerplants in the state, to scrap metal recycling, to banking, investments, and real estate; the top ten taxpayers are a varied group.
The Mystic Power Plant owned and operated by Exelon currently pays the highest property taxes in the city with a yearly tax of $15 million dollars. This they pay for their 66-acre plot of land which is valued by the assessor’s office at around $444 million dollars.
The next highest taxpayer is DDRC Gateway LLC which owns and operates the Gateway Shopping Center on Mystic View Road. In comparison to the Mystic Power Plant however Gateway’s contribution is comparatively more modest at $3.8 million each year for their 97-acre property.Continue Reading
The Gaming Commission, Gambling, and McDonalds
By Josh Resnek
We welcomed Wynn Resorts as a savior of the city.
In fact, Wynn Resorts and Steve Wynn were welcomed as geniuses, successes,and as money makers supreme.
If we knew then what we know now, would Everett voters have approved the gaming referendum here?
I doubt it.
The embarrassment Steve Wynn’s degenerate behavior – and the company’s efforts to cover up nearly everything having to do with systemic sexual harassment – made us uncomfortable and put the eyes of the world on us.
The media glare was ugly. It remains something reverberating inside many of our minds.
We are left to wonder, did the city do the right thing welcoming this giant misfit company into our midst? That’s a good question.Continue Reading
Gerly Adrien Challenges Opponents to Forum/Debate
Gerly Adrien, candidate for the democratic primary for State Representative, sent out certified letters to opponents, State Representative Joe McGonagle and Stephen Stat Smith for 2-3 forums or debates held prior to the democratic primary on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
“Everett voters want to hear more about why we are running. Many have asked me when will there be a setting where this will happen. I am committed. I have no reservations. I hope my opponents make a commitment as well,” Adrien stated.
City Launches Dock-Free Bikeshare Program
On Thursday, June 7th the Everett mayor joined Lime, the leading U.S. smart mobility company, and supporters of better, affordable transportation to launch a citywide dock free bikeshare program.
The mayor and Lime officially “unlocked” the bikes outside of Everett City Hall, and demonstrated how Everett residents will now be able to enjoy a reliable and fun way to get around the city.
“Providing alternative and active transportation for Everett residents is key to reducing congestion, air pollution and growing economic opportunity, health and well-being in the City,” the mayor said. “I’m excited to be partnering with LimeBike to bring bike sharing to the City that will help us achieve these goals.”Continue Reading
Softball Team Ends Successful Season With 13 Victories
By Lorenzo Recupero
Everett High School softball was dropped from the MIAA playoff ranks on Sunday with a, 9-4, loss to top-seeded Concord- Carlisle in the first round, but how they improved before it ended suggest the team’s headed for a new start.
Yes, the Crimson Tide may have lost to maybe the best overall softball team on the north side of the division 1 bracket, but the team actually took giant steps towards making next season an even greater success.
Following the playoff loss, the team finished 13-9 — its best overall record in the last 3 years.
“People expected us to be slaughter-ruled and we went out there and gave it what we got,” said EHS head coach Stacy Schiavo on playing top-ranked CC. “The turnaround in the girls play shocked a lot of people I think,” she said.Continue Reading
First water shuttle in Everett’s history coming to life at Casino
By Josh Resnek
The initiation of a ferry service between several locations along the waterfront in Boston, across the Mystic River and ending at the casino in Everett, marks a major event in the evolution of the Mystic River waterway.
Wynn Resorts LTD has tapped a Charlestown boat builder to construct three water shuttles, sleek but sturdy ferries to move casino goers and anyone else who wishes to explore the distance between the Boston waterfront and Everett once the casino is up and running.
This is historic in every way.
This will allow tourists from all over the nation to take advantage of the near $100 million of improvements made by Wynn Resorts to the environment in and around the casino/hotel and especially to the shorefront where the project is situated.Continue Reading
Mayor Continues Aggressive Campaign to Reduce Stormwater Runoff
On Thursday, May 24th Everett High School Art teachers and students painted sea animals and flowers coming out of the storm drains at City Hall. This is part of the Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s aggressive campaign to reduce stormwater runoff and improve the quality of our rivers and streams.
Stormwater runoff is the largest contributor to water pollution in our rivers and streams. By reducing the amount of stormwater runoff you will reduce the amount of nutrients and pollutants being carried from streets, parking lots and roofs to rivers and streams. Nutrients lead to increased algae and plant growth, which robs marine life of oxygen and can lead to large fish kills.Continue Reading