Legal Fees Paid to Mintz Levin Approaching $1 Million

And without a contract!

By Josh Resnek

The city’s tab for legal services from the law firm Mintz Levin has akyrocketed to over $870,000 and is growing everyday and will shortly reach $1 million, according to reliable sources at Everett City Hall.

The Leader Herald has learned that a special transfer of $600,000 is being made this week into the City Treasury so the Purchasing agent can cut checks to the Boston legal firm Mintz Levin for soaring invoices it has sent to the city for payment.

The Leader Herald reported at the beginning of February that the city paid more than $400,000 to Mintz Levin for legal fees associated with the law suit the city has taken against Exelon, the energy giant, to force them to pay more in taxes.

The actual figure paid to Mintz Levin was larger than what was officially reported in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by the Leader Herald for all the invoices which were received on February 7 from Everett City Solicitor Colleen Mejia.

The city produced invoices totaling $400,000 through December.

However, the invoice for January was not provided. February has passed accruing another invoice.

Those invoices were expected to be in the $100,000 range together as the city has been paying the law firm about $50,000 a month.

Exelon has paid $15 million a year in property taxes to Everett City Hall for the past decade.

The law suit filed by the city against Exelon contends that Exelon owes much more in taxes to the city because the value of its sprawling property along the Everett waterfront is worth much more than what it was worth when the city negotiated the TIF contract 20 years ago.

Exelon is the city’s largest single taxpayer until the casino opens its doors.

Former Governor William Weld is leading the bevvy of lawyers at Mintz Levin believed to be piling up rich hourly fees to prepare the case for the city which is shortly coming up.

A state law exempts a written contract between a municipality and the law firm it is paying, however many municipalities place caps on outside legal expenses.

Not Everett, Mintz Levin represents not only the city of Everett but Wynn Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel as well.

City Hall Wasting Taxpayer’s Dollars Failing to Cap Electric Charges

$200,000 Down the Drain and Growing?

By Josh Resnek

A report in last week’s Leader Herald revealed that the city wasted $140,000 on electric charges for one month because the city had apparently let its 3 year contract run out.

The city’s contract, which apparently ended sometime before the start of the new year, was brokered by Mario Cornelio for Patriot Energy in 2014.

Mr. Cornelio is the brother of City Clerk Sergio Cornelio. Continue reading City Hall Wasting Taxpayer’s Dollars Failing to Cap Electric Charges

Maddox Won’t Survive the Cut

Wynn Company Has Real Problems Saving its License

By Josh Resnek

Matthew Maddox will not be leading Wynn Resorts when the casino it is building in Everett has been completed.

This, according to sources familiar with the investigation now being conducted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and where it is leading. Continue reading Maddox Won’t Survive the Cut

Milestones and New Beginnings

What a week for the Everett High School Athletic Department. On March, 1 Crimson Tide basketball coach John DiBiaso (left) won his 500th game, as Everett cruised past Chelmsford in the opening round of the MIAA Div. 1 State Tournament. On Friday, March 2, Theluxon Pierre (right) was named head coach of the Crimson TIde football team. And on Saturday, March 3, Ghared Boyce became the first player in program history to score 2,000 points Continue reading Milestones and New Beginnings

500 Wins!!

500 WINS

Everett High School boys basketball coach John DiBiaso won his 500th game Thursday night, as the Crimson Tide dispatched Chelmsford, 66-46, in the opening round of the MIAA Div. 1 State Tournament. EHS will be back in action on Saturday, March 3 when it hosts Waltham in the Div. 1 North quarterfinals. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. in the EHS Gymnasium.

 

Everett, the No. 1 seed in Div. 1 North, improved to 20-1 with the win over Chelmsford. The winner of Saturday’s Everett-Waltham quarterfinal will play either Lowell or Lynn English in the sectional semifinals.

ROLL TIDE!