The Mayor’s Legal Expenses: Marchese Wants Answers

by Josh Resnek

Why is the mayor paying hefty monthly legal fees for criminal attorneys to represent him? This is a question Councillor Mike Marchese has raised in response to a Herald Leader investigative report last week which revealed the mayor has paid, and is likely continuing to pay, huge legal fees, so far $130,000, to criminal attorneys.

That report included detailed records of the payments made, when they were made, who they were paid, to and how much they were.

The criminal attorney fees are all being paid from the mayor’s campaign account.
The bulk of the fees have been paid to Greenberg Traurig, a huge national law firm with an office at International Place in Boston. Greenberg Traurig specializes in representing individuals involved in Federal investigations and other criminal matters.

Marchese says the mayor paying such fees from month to month indicates something could be wrong. He said a number of his constituents and friends asked him questions about the report over the weekend.

“This is not just about the mayor, rather, it is about the city and the right to know if he’s facing criminal legal problems,” said Marchese. “If the mayor is facing a legal problem, a criminal investigation by the FBI and the US Attorney’s office, then I believe the council as a whole needs to know what’s up. The mayor needs to meet with us and let us know what’s going on,” Marchese told the Leader Herald.

Marchese said he will be filing a motion for the entire council to meet in executive session with the mayor within two weeks to let him discuss the matter and to explain exactly what is going on.

The mayor did not answer a request for comments on the matter. Several councilors reached by the Leader Herald declined to comment until the mayor was given the right to explain what exactly is going on.

“Every councilor has a responsibility to the city charter, which requires us to ask questions of the mayor if we believe the well being of the city might be compromised,” Marchese said. “Everett as a host city could be at risk if the mayor is in trouble,” Marchese added.

When Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll was asked whether or not the city’s host city status could be effected if the mayor is under a Federal investigation or another criminal matter, she said she wouldn’t answer a hypothetical comment.

“I decline to comment,” she said.

In answer to a question asking whether or not anyone on the Gaming Commission was under criminal investigation, Driscoll said, “No.”

An e-mail request to Greenberg Traurig’s Director of Media Operations, Lourdes Brezo Martinez, for information about the representation being provided by the law firm for the mayor was unsuccessful.

Looking Back in Everett: 1978

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Shown above is the noted sculptor Douglas Abdell in Everett at Duncan Galvanizing during the summer of 1978 when he was just starting out. His sculptures have been purchased by galleries and private collectors all over the world. He now lives in Spain.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The internationally renowned sculptor and artist Douglas Abdell did much of the casting for his giant sculptures at Duncan Galvanizing right here on Norman Street in Everett between 1977-1979.Since 1890, Duncan Galvanizing, located in Everett, MA (just outside of Boston) has enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest hot dip galvanizing companies in the United States. Today, it is the recognized leader in full-service architectural metal coatings. Back then, when I was young, Abdell and I were buddies and we have remained buddies for nearly a lifetime. Since becoming the publisher of the Everett Leader Herald, knowing how I was hanging out in Everett so many years ago gave me an interest in sharing this bit of art history with our readers.

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Real Estate Prices Highest in City’s Long History

This year so far reflects the highest median prices paid for single family homes and condos in Everett, while the prices for multi-family homes has gone through the roof.

In the January – February period in 2018 the median price for a single family home went up dramatically compared with the same time period last year going from $405,000 to $420,000

The median price for a condo in Everett also soared. Continue reading Real Estate Prices Highest in City’s Long History

[Commentary] Missing the Point, Again and Again

By Josh Resnek

The mayor begging for Wynn Boston Harbor to remain the developer and owner of the casino project again misses the point.

He is begging for a train that has left the station to return.

If you are a woman in charge of your own life, the mayor missing the point about the Wynn Resorts failure to protect the rights of its female employees, is an extraordinary failure to understand what is at stake. Continue reading [Commentary] Missing the Point, Again and Again

Sale Likely; Mayor Begging Company to Stay

Claiming there is a grander vision here than just a casino, the mayor has again said he wants Wynn Boston Harbor to remain the developer of the casino.

The mayor insists that Wynn Resorts, and this Everett project, is far too important to the city, and especially to where the casino is being located, for any changes in ownership to be made.

“I am deeply concerned that a new owner would not honor that vision and could have plans that fall far short of what we want to see happen- a complete transformation of an area that had been blighted, contaminated, and underutilized before the Wynn development team arrived,” said the mayor. Continue reading Sale Likely; Mayor Begging Company to Stay