Hanlon tops at-large ticket, Marchese, Smith, Cardillo, Dell Isola have big day

SEPTEMBER 21: Primary day “I Voted” sticker wait for voters to collect them. September 21, 2021 in Everett, Massachusetts. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By LEADER STAFF

John Hanlon, Mike Marchese, Stephanie Smith and Irene Cardillo scored huge votes in primary balloting Tuesday.

Halon topped the ticket with 2,255 votes, an accomplishment for the longtime serving councilor, former mayor and former city clerk.

Marchese also showed unusual strength coming in with 2,174 votes.

Smith, in a stunning victory that signals her return to city government, tallied 2,164 votes following a strong run.

She is the youngest of the contenders.

Irene Cardillo’s vote was also substantial in the over 2,000 range.

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$96,000 Forced Payment to Mayor by City Clerk Raises Questions About Extortion Plot

Payment to Mayor Followed Threats Against Cornelio to Cut His Office Budget and To Ruin His Life

SEPTEMBER 7: Corey Street property. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

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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.

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Mayor, Adrien kick off election fundraising campaigns

MARCH 31: The newly elected mayor this fall will have new entrance to enter as a member of the city’s facility department cleans up pieces of the decaying facade from city hall. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Capone has not been raising money publicly

By JOSH RESNEK

In mayoral campaigns, money can often be the deciding factor.

Popularity counts. Perception counts. Momentum counts.

Who is running means everything.

Who might be running right now counts for a lot.

The mayor has announced.

Two others are doing a dance. The mayor is running again to make certain his hold on the city’s finances is iron-fisted, and his complete control of development can continue unabated.

Being mayor is not a job for the mayor. It is his business. He treats it as such.

His campaign account stands at about $95,000. According to his most recent campaign account filing, he spent about $5,000 in March for printing and Internet social platform services.

The money stream means everything to the mayor. Without a victory in this upcoming campaign, he is out of a job and the money stream dries up.

The mayor is expected to raise $100,000 to $150,000 to add to his campaign account.

Developers, business owners, city employees wanting to keep their jobs, and a wide variety of others like city vendors are expected to contribute to him.

Councilor Gerly Adrien, should she run, is believed to be capable of matching the mayor’s money-raising efforts dollar for dollar if push comes to shove.

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Missing council video investigation comes up empty

Angry Capone asks why this is the only vanished

By JOSH RESNEK

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.

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Matewsky stricken while on vacation

Councilor hospitalized in Florida

By JOSH RESNEK

Councilor Wayne Matewsky suffered a heart attack while vacationing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida late last week.

Everett City Councilor Wayne Matewsky.

The popular and durable city councilor was placed in an induced coma until such time as surgeons will be allowed to operate on him.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he was resting comfortably inside his hospital room, out of the coma, conscious and aware.

Doctors refused to comment on his condition other than to say they are watching him carefully after what appears to have been a rather severe heart attack.

Two of Matewsky’s closest friends, former Representative and local businessman Stat Smith, and former councilor Nicky Saia, have both flown to Florida to be by Matewsky’s bedside.

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