Payment to Mayor Followed Threats Against Cornelio to Cut His Office Budget and To Ruin His Life
LEADER HERALD STAFF REPORT
Everett’s City Clerk Sergio Cornelio says Mayor Carlo DeMaria stole $96,000 from him as a result of Cornelio’s sale of a property at 43 Corey Street.
“When the mayor found out what I was going to receive from the sale of the property, he told me in no uncertain terms he wanted a piece of the action,” Cornelio revealed to the Leader Herald.
Cornelio told the Leader Herald he was badgered and bothered by the mayor for the payment to the point of it affecting his health and well-being.
“I gave up against the weight of his power over me and his threats to ruin me,” he told the Leader Herald.
Before the sale, Cornelio apparently met with two well-known local developers to measure their interest in buying the property from him.
“The mayor told one developer not to touch it if he wanted to do business with the city in the future.” He told the second developer, ‘This is my score. You are to have nothing to do with Corey Street. It is mine,’” according to Cornelio.
The case of the missing city council video will not be solved any time soon following a thorough investigation by the mayor’s office, the mayor’s chief of staff Erin Deveney informed the council Monday night.
The efficacy of allowing the mayor’s office to investigate the missing video was not questioned.
The missing video from the meeting several months back detailed how Councilor Gerly Adrien was harangued and asked to resign by several of her colleagues because she refused to attend the meeting in person, among other difficulties her colleagues had with her presence on the council.
Adrien believes the attacks on her were racially motivated, a sentiment expressed by many of those who watched the proceedings that night.