City Council Features New Faces, New Voices, and New Leadership

President Hanlon Leads the Council

By Josh Resnek

The second official meeting of the New Year for the city council brought together four new members in their first moments under fire in the city’s most influential elected body.

Councilors at Large Stephanie Smith and Irene Cardillo took seats next to Councilors Wayne Matewsky and Richard Dell Isola respectively.

Councilors Vivian Nguyen and Al Lattanzi sat next to Councilors Stephanie Martin and Anthony DiPierro respectively.

Councilor at Large Mike Marchese, who topped the ticket, has chosen to sit away from the group out of respect to the COVID-19 social distancing protocol.

Only Councilor Nguyen wore a mask among her colleagues.

A wide variety of issues were discussed and sent to committee – a questionable parliamentary procedure the council is now using rather than to debate issues on the floor as they come up.

A measure seeking to deal with the homeless living in tents in the vicinity of Santilli Circle was sent to committee for discussion and the comments of city officials from ISD.

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Marchese Demands Mayor’s Longevity Be Stripped; Council to Take Up Longevity in Committee Meeting

By Josh Resnek

Councilor Mike Marchese called the mayor’s $40,000 a year longevity payment a travesty.

“It stinks,” he told the council at Monday night’s meeting.

A measure he proposed to erase the longevity as an ordinance didn’t make muster for a vote of the council.

Instead, the council passed by voice vote a measure offered by Councilor Stephanie Martins calling for the issue to be discussed among others at a committee hearing to be held in the next two weeks.

Marchese and Councilor Wayne Matewsky were adamantly opposed.

Marchese insisted the wording of the ordinance is simple, and easily understood. He repeated again and again that the mayor taking the $40,000 a year is all wrong.

“It’s supposed to be $2,500 a year – not $40,000 a year. Someone changed this somewhere. There’s no way it’s $40,000 or $50,000 a year. Let’s get rid of this. Even the mayor isn’t taking the money because he knows it stinks,” Marchese said.

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The New City Council

We urge the new city council to act responsibly with the city government and the people who elected them instead of becoming the mayor’s rubber stamps.

The first order of business for the new city council is to suspend, delete or to drastically reduce the mayor’s $40,000 a year longevity payment and to make him pay back what he has received at interest.

Let law enforcement do the rest.

The new city council must assert itself.

Ticket topper Mike Marchese needs more than his own voice to lead the council away from its subservience to the mayor. The council must not and cannot follow the mayor’s lead through his de facto city councilor and chief, his cousin Anthony DiPierro.

DiPierro would jump off a 20 story building head first for his cousin the mayor. He would do better to show the same kind of blind dedication to the residents and the taxpayers of this city. His absolute allegiance to the mayor is all about conflict of interest. Don’t let him fool you claiming it isn’t.

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Council Requests AG’s Investigation of Mayor’s Longevity Payments

“Look into the mayor’s longevity payments, please.”

By Josh Resnek

The city council wants answers from State Attorney General Maura Healey about the mayor’s questionable $40,000 a year longevity payments.

“This letter is a request that was made at our December 13th Council meeting for your office to look into the longevity bonus the Mayor of Everett is receiving,” wrote City Clerk Sergio Cornelio to the Attorney General.

“The City Council discussed an ordinance to delete longevity for the Office of the Mayor at the December 13th council meeting and the ordinance failed to pass. The members who asked for the deletion of the ordinance believe that the ordinance, which was passed in 2016, is being incorrectly interpreted and that the mayor has been receiving a larger amount and more frequent payments than is allowed by said ordinance,” Cornelio wrote.

The letter was signed by Councilor at Large Mike Marchese on behalf of the city council.

Cornelio counter signed the request. As the city clerk, and the official clerk for the city council, Cornelio was required to do so.

Marchese and several of his colleagues, including Fred Capone, expressed outrage about the mayor receiving a $40,000 a year longevity payment when he and other councilors believe it should be $2,500.

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Carlo’s Deception

By Stephen Pinto

Unfortunately, the majority of the city council rolled over and played dead Monday night.

They gave numerous excuses as to why they couldn’t, shouldn’t and wouldn’t vote to repeal the mayor’s outrageous longevity payment (bonus) of $40,000 each year.

All their speeches about how they represent the taxpayers, are only speeches.

The argument to rescind this abuse of longevity pay for the mayor couldn’t have been more clear.

A child could understand the language. But not our city council.

The council thumbed their nose to all taxpayers.

They pretended they couldn’t understand the language in the ordinance.

How convenient.

The council could have repealed it and then let the new council address the issue of longevity.

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