The mayor announced with some fanfare at a meeting last week that reports the city is broke are “garbage” distributed by the city’s real and only perceived but unnamed adversary, the Leader Herald.
‘The city is not broke,” the mayor said to his colleagues in government last week.
This statement followed several weeks of mayoral posturing about the city’s financial condition in the wake of a spate of reports in the Leader Herald that all might not be well with the city’s finances.
Since Wynn Resorts began making in lieu of tax payments, the mayor has repeatedly touted the city’s solid financials, reports apparently backed up and certified by his Chief Financial officer Eric Demas.
However, during an interview given to the Independent and published last week, all is not what it might appear to be.
The School Department is speeding ahead with efforts to hire back several dozen teachers and aids in order to shrink the size of classrooms which had been ballooning since the School Department cut 100 teachers and aids before the present school year began.
Although awaiting the city council’s affirmative action to release $2.5 million to make the hiring possible, the School Department was already in a major hiring mode, according to Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kevin Shaw.
The council is expected to approve the mayor’s request at its November 13 meeting.
State Senator Sal DiDomenico and the rep flew to victory yesterday with ease. They had no opponents and scored big votes.
Governor’s Councilor and former Everett resident and well known local attorney Terrence Kennedy scored a convincing victory against his opponent, Vincent Dixon. Dixon ran against Kennedy as an unenrolled/independent candidate. Two well-known longtime elected public officials with large followings in Everett, Michael Sullivan and Maria Curtatone, Clerk of Courts and Register of Deeds in Middlesex County respectively, scored impressive votes. Neither of them had opponents.