Exelon tax fight with city makes it to Superior Court

By Josh Resnek

Arguments were supposed to be heard Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court between the City of Everett and Exelon, the owners of the power station on the Everett shoreline of the Mystic River across from the casino. However, by mutual agreement, the hearing was postponed until a date to be set for December, according to Exelon officials.

At contention is whether or not the city can assess the property for a much higher value and collect much greater tax payments than the $15 million a year that has been paid for the past 20 years.

The city is using an ex post facto type defense claiming Exelon artificially estimated the true value of the land and structures when the TIF was voted on 20 years ago.

The mayor has indicated he believes the TIF, which he voted for when he was councilor, gave Exelon all the advantages and robbed the city of what it is truly due.

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Mayor Reporting on Friends to FBI and US Attorney?

By Josh Resnek

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Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria

Mayor Carlo DeMaria apparently agreed to provide information to the FBI and the US Attorney’s office regarding investigations into his actions and those of others allegedly involved with him in backing the now disgraced Steve Wynn in his effort to secure the land in Everett for a casino and hotel, the Leader Herald has learned.

He signed a proffer, otherwise known as a “queen for a day” letter which is a written agreement between federal prosecutors and individuals under criminal investigation which permit these individuals to tell the government about their knowledge of crimes, according to Solomon Wisenberg of the nationally recognized law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP.

If you enter into one of these agreements, you will proffer information orally in a proffer or queen for a day “session” attended by you, your attorney, the Assistant U.S. Attorney (“AUSA”) and one or more federal agents. A proffer session is a sneak preview in which you show the federal authorities what you can bring to the table if they cut a deal with you, according to Wisenberg.

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Kickback Carlo?

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(Photo by Joseph Prezioso) The view of Encore Boston Harbor from as seen from Sweetser Circle.

Mayor Paid to Support Hidden Deal for Wynn Casino License?

By Josh Resnek

No need to wonder why the mayor has been paying criminal attorneys $10,000 a month for quite some time.

New allegations filed by Sterling Suffolk Racecourse in Federal District Court in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to show the gaming license won by Wynn Resorts was stolen from them implicate Mayor Carlo DeMaria in receiving kickbacks as part of his participation in the land sale and the hidden deals with land developers that tainted the Wynn Casino application.

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Wynn Sued for Pressuring Business to End its Lease

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(Photo by Josh Resnek) Shown above is the building at 36 Mystic Street just 100 yards from the front door of the casino. The business owner leasing the building claims Wynn Resorts has joined with his landlord to interfere with his business by trying to break his lease.

By Josh Resnek

The Wynn Company is being sued for $9.6 million plus attorneys’ fees for intentional interference by an Everett business for allegedly attempting to force the car repair company from extending its lease with the property located at 36 Mystic Street.

A&R Realty Trust, the owner of the property across from the casino, has housed ADH Collision for the past four years.

According to Rocco Vigorito, the landlord at 36 Mystic Street, ADH Collision’s lease allows occupancy through October, 2019 and with extensions, until 2029.

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Mayor, Commission Charged With Violation of Open Meeting Law

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The mayor and the School Finance Commission have been charged with violating the state’s Open Meeting Law by Joshua Resnek, publisher of the Leader Herald.

The mayor and the Commission have until October 4 to deal with the issue and report back to the Attorney General’s office, according to Assistant Attorney General Carrie Benedon.

On September 4, Benedon granted a request from the city, through its attorney, Janelle Austin, for an extension to respond to the complaint.

The complaint was led by Publisher Resnek for the Leader Herald following Resnek’s removal from a public meeting ordered by the mayor.

“In your request, you state the Commission will review the complaint at its next scheduled meeting, on September 27. With the hope the parties involved can use the additional time to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to the complaint,” Benedon wrote to all the parties.

The action taken by the Leader Herald is the result of Resnek being ordered by the mayor to leave the Commission’s public meeting, and for a “private conversation” to take place, as ordered by the mayor.

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