Positions for At-Large Primary set on Ballot

By Josh Resnek

Ballot positions have been chosen and ballots set for printing for the at-large primary contest which will take place in September.

Coming out number 1 on the ballot – which doesn’t necessarily translate into coming out number 1 in the primary – is Councilor at Large and Council President Richard Dellisola, Jr.

The number 1 position on a ballot is believed to aid in bolstering ones vote, sometimes by as much as 5%, as many voters are inclined to give a vote to the number 1 placeholder just as a matter of habit.

Dellisola can use the boost.

He made it on to the at large position last time out by less than ten votes.

Now he has candidate Gerly Adrien breathing down his back, campaigning hard, and set in the number 2 position on the ballot.

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Mayor Readying to Turn Over Private E-mails as Directed

By Josh Resnek

City Clerk Sergio Cornelio is preparing to turn over a number of the mayor’s private e-mails to a local news organization following an order from the Secretary of State’s office requiring them to do so.

After first refusing to hand over the mayor’s private e-mails used for public business, the request from MassLive.com was appealed to the Secretary of State’s office.

About two weeks ago, the mayor and Cornelio were given ten days to respond by the state’s supervisor of records, Rebecca Murray.

“The city is working right now to comply with our order,” said a lawyer with the Secretary of State’s office who wished to remain unnamed in response to a query about the situation from the Leader Herald Monday morning.

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Diversity Absent in Everett Work Force; Work Force Make-Up Unrepresentative

By Josh Resnek

Everett’s work force at city hall is not reflective of the vastly changed place that Everett has become in the past ten years, according to a review of demographic statistics provided by the US Census bureau.

Despite the mayor’s promise to make Everett a better place, excluding minorities from positions of importance in percentiles representing the new Everett growing up all around us, is not considered fair or reasonable public policy.

Despite huge numbers and growing percentiles of residents who are Hispanic and Black or African American, city hall’s workforce is largely absent of Black, African American or Hispanic department heads and even lags way behind neighboring cities in percentages of rank and file city employees of color and ethnicity from those racial groups.

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Encore Income Figures Meet all Expectations; Spectacularly

By Josh Resnek

Encore Boston Harbor’s $48.6 gaming income for July was over the top, according to figures compiled by the company and released by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

In fact, the three casinos in Massachusetts cumulatively generated $81.4 million in July revenue, with Encore Boston Harbor in our city accounting for about 60% of that figure.

Bottom line – Encore’s predictions of what it would generate were right on the mark.

The state is pleased as well, as 25% of Encore’s $48.6 million translates into more than $12 million in tax revenues for the state.

The Massachusetts state budget had earmarked slightly more than $100 million in taxes during Encore’s first year in business.

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Sunshine over Everett

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KC and the Sunshine Band performing at Encore. (Photos by Joseph Prezioso)

Leader Herald Staff Report

Close to 1,500 Red Card members and their friends boogied the night away to the Grammy Award-Winning Artist, KC and the Sunshine Band.

The concert opened with people crowding the dance floor as smoke filled the room and the band members started playing their classic tunes,“That’s the way (I like it)” and “Shake your booty” among other classic disco hits they created.

Band leader, Harry Wayne Casey (KC), soon hit the stage to add the vocals. He wasn’t alone, either. Four stage dancers, dressed like go-go girls, also came out to pick up the groove in the room and get everyone feeling the vibe.

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