A front page Boston Globe story on Councilor Gerly Adrien following last week’s virtual city council meeting depicted her and the council at odds, with the council president calling her a “problem” who had been trying to destroy our city from day one.”
Those were the exact words of Everett City Council President Rosa DiFlorio as published in the Boston Globe on the front-page Saturday.
By themselves, they are a stunning affirmation of Adrien’s claims that the council treats everyone with respect but her – and that they have answers for everything except for what she asks about.
“I honestly think it has to do with me being a Black woman,” Adrien said. “What could happen if we let this Black woman change things or make noise? I’m getting a lot more popular and they’re acknowledging that. And I think they’re scared of it.”
“First Black woman on city council stands alone.“
The Boston Globe, June 26
At the last meeting, Adrien sponsored 14 resolutions and dominated a debate that stretched for nearly four hours, according to the Globe report.
A similar report was published in last week’s Leader Herald, highlighting the animus that exists between Adrien and DiFlorio and many of the city council members who make a visible and audible effort to segregate her from the pack.
Exelon, Everett’s largest taxpayer, is fighting for its right not only to continue producing energy at its plant but to do so long after its twilight and end had been planned for in 2024.
Environmentalists in Greater Boston are fighting to close down the power plant, which produces enormous amounts of energy for 1 million New England consumers but does so with an unmatched record locally for polluting the environment.
The Boston Globe published a news piece Monday that hit Exelon like a hammer over the head.
“The towering smokestacks of the state’s largest power plant have loomed for decades over the Boston area, spewing pollutants that produce smog, warm the planet, and exacerbate asthma and other respiratory illnesses, such as the coronavirus,” wrote the Globe.
The Mystic Generating Station as it is known locally, which is located on a sliver of land abutting Everett, was slated to close two years ago.
The City of Everett is presently involved in a law suit seeking more tax money from the entire Exelon position on the Everett coastline. The city has made the claim that the $15 million a year coming into the city treasury does not account for the true value of the company’s real estate and manufacturing assets.
The Boston Globe has touted the dramatic changes taking place in the Everett political community with an article noting that the city has elected its first black female councilor, first Vietnamese councilor and first Latina councilor.
With a feature story published last week, the Globe noted the seismic shift in ward and at-large citywide political choices being made by new voters as well as longtime voters.
The article featured Gerly Adrien, who topped the ticket in the at-large contest as well as Stephanie Martins, a Latina who defeated Jason Marcus who was trying a comeback, and Jimmy Tri Le, who is Vietnamese. Le won easily against a write-in candidate backed by the mayor and his crew.
The mayor did not support these three new voices elected to the council.
In fact, he gave no support whatsoever to Adrien, none to Martins and ran a tenant of his against Le.
In addition, the mayor ran his best friend against Councilor Mike McLaughlin, who drubbed the mayor’s candidate.
The debate rages on about what is going to happen as the decision presumably comes closer everyday as to whether or not the Encore Casino owned by Wynn Resorts will receive a license from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
The MGC has given no indication when or how it is going to rule.
Here in Everett, this coming MGC decision is the vote of a lifetime for the city.
Everett awaits the outcome with baited breath as everything about the city’s immediate financial future hangs on the vote made by the MGC.
The mayor is believed to have cancelled his annual state of the city address until the vote is decided. After all, the state of the city depends almost entirely on Wynn Resorts getting a gaming license.
The mayor is said to be extremely jittery and nervous about the outcome of the MGC’s deliberations.
“He could not get himself to address the city without knowing about the outcome of the vote first,” said a source close to the mayor.
“Can you imagine him speaking about the state of the city without knowing what the MGC is going decide?” added the source.