City council pummels mayor about huge criminal legal fees he’s paying

Council again questions fees

By Josh Resnek

With the mayor away, his paid lawyers came to play…before the city council Monday night.

Assistant City Solicitors Keith Slattery and Matt Lattanzi, representing the mayor but making the case they are representing the council, attempted to persuade the council the mayor’s excessive personal legal expenses are not for any criminal actions but rather, are being made to assure the mayor of his political future.

“What the heck does that mean?” Councilor Mike Marchese said Tuesday morning.
Councilor Fred Capone echoed Marchese’s concerns.

“We are no closer to knowing what the mayor is paying these legal bills for than we were last week. There must be clarity on this issue – and transparency, said Capone.

Capone has said he is running for mayor in the next go around.

He sounded like a smart lawyer Monday night.

In the end, the council voted 6-4 to order the mayor to appear sometime at the end of March to explain the legal fees, again.

In this vote, the council showed its ability to challenge the mayor, whereas last year such a vote against the mayor would not have been possible.

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City preparing for coronavirus Likelihood; planning in place

 

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People board a MBTA Bus at the corner of Ferry St. and Broadway. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

It is certain to show up

By Josh Resnek

The city’s health officials and the entire apparatus of the city government are fully aware of the possibility that Everett will be visited by the coronavirus.

Efforts have been made to determine what exact steps must be taken to protect residents when a case is reported and residents are forced to be quarantined.

Public schools in Massachusetts – in Plymouth, in neighboring Malden (a charter school) and in several municipalities across the state – have shut their doors upon the first indication that coronavirus has infected their spaces.

Such a scenario happening here in the public schools or among teachers is expected to have the same result – the immediate closure of the public schools.

That would precipitate other closures in the city.

If city hall becomes infected, city hall will be closed, and likely for several weeks.

In neighboring Chelsea, officials there are planning to close city hall upon the first evidence of coronavirus infecting public employees. City employees there have been told to expect at least a two week closure upon evidence of coronavirus.

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EVERETT DEMOCRATIC CITY COMMITTEE TO HOLD 2020 CAUCUSES

The Everett Democratic City Committee is pleased to announce that they will hold their Annual Caucus on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Connolly Center, 90 Chelsea Street, Everett. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m., the meeting will be called to order at 10:00 a.m., and registration will close at 10:15 a.m. Once registration is closed and the caucus begins, no additional registration will be permitted.

The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates and alternates to the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. The convention will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, where delegates will cast a vote for their preferred Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate.

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Coronavirus unknowns outweigh Our ability to deal with it

City braces for possible outbreak

By Josh Resnek

The city has taken early and special caution to deal with the possible outbreak of the coronavirus in Everett, according to public health officials here.

In fact, it was reported yesterday by a public official here who wished to remain unnamed that two students in the public schools have apparently been quarantined as a precaution.

The prevailing question is not whether or not the virus arrives here, but whether or not it is already here, and to what extent it will effect the city’s ability to operate.

The figures concerning those possibly infected in the United States have been changing from hour to hour, and have been changing as well in countries all around the world.

The virus is spreading rapidly but not yet precipitously, allowing all of us working here and living in this city to take comfort that for the time being, life goes on normally.

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Matewsky running for rep?

By Josh Resnek

The political grist mill this week was rife with reports that former Rep and councilor Wayne Matewsky is considering running for the rep seat against Joe McGonagle.

“I am definitely considering a run,” Matewsky told the Leader Herald Tuesday.

The rep announced he is seeking re-election last week.

He will be facing Councilor Mike McLaughlin, who has already taken out papers and is actively campaigning for the position.

Matewsky said his consideration is serious but tempered with the reality that he is his mother Marion’s most important source of support.

She is 91 and Matewsky is extremely devoted to her well-being.

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