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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The Botched Inauguration

ECTV managed again to make us fools by failing to accomplish the successful live broadcast of the inauguration of Mayor DeMaria, the City Council and the School Committee Monday night.

For many of us, the inauguration came to an end at 6:10 p.m. just as Father Cha Cha of the Immaculate Conception Church delivered the invocation at the beginning of the ceremony.

The ceremony began at 6:00 p.m.

Then the screen went blank with this notation: “This video file cannot be played. (Error Code:232400)”

Others we spoke with regarding the gaffe indicated the ceremony broadcast went on and off, more off than on.

Ours never came back on.

Others complained the stage was not properly illuminated, and that the camera was too far away from the stage, making it difficult to identify the new members.

Let this botched broadcast be a reminder – ECTV is not the mayor’s personal television station.

It is not his decision what is to be shown and what is to be deleted.

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New City Government Inaugurated; Mayor Begins Four More Years

Mayor Carlo DeMaria. (Photo by Katy Rogers)

Hanlon to Chair Council; Cristiano to Chair SC

By Josh Resnek

The 2022 Everett City Government was sworn in at a virtual inauguration held at Everett High School early Monday evening.

Family members and those inaugurated were the only members allowed in the auditorium.

The inaugurations of the mayor, the City Council and School Committee were followed by organizational meetings of those two bodies.

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