Adrien, Capone call it greedy, shocking, say $140k more like it
By JOSH RESNEK
Revelations the mayor is making more than $232,000 a year working part-time hours sent shock waves throughout the politically connected in this city where politics is a blood sport.
If the city provided for health insurance is included, the mayor’s salary is in the $250,000 a year range, substantially higher than big-city mayors across the nation, according to a Leader Herald story published last week.
The mayor remained silent about protests concerning his bloated compensation and assertions by Adrien that he works part-time hours.
Adrien said last week the mayor’s salary should be in the $140,000 territory, irrespective of what others make working their jobs in city government.
Adrien’s mayoral campaign Facebook site attracted hundreds of visitors to the story, many of whom (well over 100) left comments deriding the salary as “too much”, and as “a waste,” with many visitors expressing outrage and shock that the mayor is being paid so high a salary.
Last week’s ECTV broadcast of the city council meeting from the high school library was another failure.
For more than an hour, it was impossible trying to watch the meeting and to understand what the participants were saying.
Once again, the ECTV technician was unable to run a meeting so that the city councilors could be understood.
Some of us believe the ECTV people must be humorists or comedians and that they are deliberately trying to get us to laugh when we can’t understand what the councilors are saying.
After all, there is something poetic about such a scenario.
It is magnificent watching some of the councilors go on and on about nothing and we can’t make out what they are saying. Allowing this to go on, sometimes for 15 minutes, is hilarious, with many of the councilors simply pleased with themselves, delighted to be on tv talking but not really knowing anyone can make out what they are saying!
The Everett city council at-large race is taking on the appearance of a Kentucky Derby with 11 candidates so far taking out papers for a seat.
Five at large seats are up for grabs.
At-large councilors, Gerly Adrien, who is running for mayor, and Wayne Matewsky, will be stepping aside.
Matewsky has announced he will be running in Ward 1.
Three longtime candidates for re-election are not assured seats.
Re-elections are not guaranteed.
However, John Hanlon, Mike Marchese, and Richard Dell Isola, Jr. must be considered odds on favorites to maintain their positions because of their popularity, favorability, and widespread name recognition.
Councilor Mike McLaughlin is coming out of the same starting gate with a good position.
He has told the Leader Herald he will be taking out papers for an at-large run.
McLaughlin’s election is not assured but he has shown citywide strength in recent council contests and is expected to do the same if he runs at large.
With the support and swift work of our many volunteers, I am honored to become the first candidate to have collected and submitted the necessary signatures to get on the ballot.
“On Monday morning, I submitted over 600 signatures from Everett residents to officially get our campaign on the mayoral ballot this fall. Last week, our campaign launched a volunteer-led, multi-neighborhood effort to engage with local residents across the city about our campaign vision that supports creating a better quality of life for everyone in Everett.