Vows to pass on $56K in perks to respect taxpayers, calls extra cash ‘obscene’
By JOSH RESNEK
Mayoral candidate Fred Capone has called the $40,000 yearly longevity payment to the mayor “pure greed” and promised he will not take such a payment or an additional $6,000 car allowance the mayor presently receives.
Capone referred to the mayor’s car allowance as “added insult to injury” and “represents excessive compensation.”
The at-large race proves once again how difficult it is to move into the big leagues of city council territory.
Balloting last week showed clearly that two seats are available and that it is most likely only those two seats that will turn over.
Anything is possible.
If the past is an indication of the future, two bright lights in the over 2,000 voter range will be hard to beat among the incumbent at large candidates who will be returning to council unless something highly unusual takes place on November 2.
Stephanie Smith received 2,164 votes and seems as sured of an at-large seat in November.
Ilene Cardillo also seems assured with a seat after scoring 2.061 votes.
Incumbents John Hanlon, who topped the ticket with 2,255 votes, Mike Marchese, with 2,174 votes, and Richard Dell Isola with 1,934 votes appear in good position to retain their seats.
What goes on at Everett city hall – or what doesn’t go on at Everett city hall or what might go on as the future unfolds at Everett city hall is the major concern throughout the neighborhoods of this city and inside city hall with two weeks remaining before voters come out for the primary.
Not as many voters will be coming out for the primary compared with elections when presidents, senators, and governors are up for election or re-election and primary votes grow bloated.
We are told again and again by those who claim to know that about 52-5500 out of Everett’s 23,000 registered voters will cast a vote in the primary.
Six thousand voters coming out for the primary would be a stampede.
How to look at what might happen with any certainty?
This is almost as impossible as predicting the weather – which changes here from hour to hour, day to day.
This we know: there will be two winners on primary night September 21.
First the mayor said he was coming then he said he was not coming, according to event organizers.
That ended the mayoral debate scheduled for Saturday night by the Everett Haitian Community Center.
Fred Capone had expressed concern earlier in the day that the event was being held on a third floor walk-up in the Sky Plex Venue at 427 Broadway making it impossible for the handicapped or the elderly to attend.
At first, Capone said he was not going to attend the debate.
Later on Saturday afternoon, Capone e-mailed the event organizers he would attend.
Capone also informed the Leader Herald, “I will be there.”
Gerly Adrien and Capone would have been forced into the unenviable position of debating one another.
The mayor’s decision not to attend was part hubris, part racism, part insecurity and part political posturing.
Eleven students at the Pioneer Charter School of Science have been invited to attend the prestigious MIT Beaverworks Summer Institute this upcoming summer where they will attend a 4-week intensive course on STEM programs.
MIT Beaverworks Summer Institute (BWSI) is a research and education center that is jointly operated by Lincoln Laboratories and MIT’s School of Engineering. It consists of a rigorous pre-requisite online course that students must take in the spring semester and the 4-week long Summer Institute. During the Summer Institute students will participate in their choice of program from technology-based topics ranging from how to build a satellite, autonomous Grand Prix racing, cybersecurity and cryptography and remote sensing for disaster response among others.