Massachusetts General Law almost makes the case that the mayor can’t just take off 90 days and be in Europe or the Caribbean on perpetual vacation when he is supposed to be working here in the city, in his office at city hall, or wherever he is called to appear during the course of his tenure.
The law, over time, has been relegated to a back seat on the matter of the mayor’s vacation time.
The law of the political jungle, that is, wondering if the mayor has too many vacation days, is left as a matter of politics and ethics by the courts to the people who elect the mayor in the city where the mayor is serving.
You’ve been having a lot of fun in Fall River lately.
I’m inviting you to Everett.
You and FBI Agent Elio need to take a close look at the obvious. Kickback Carlo DeMaria is in his tenth year of organized, obscene, uniquely disguised municipal theft and greed.
Everett isn’t Fall River.
The mayor won’t allow marijuana here.
He can’t trust himself to decline huge cash payments from marijuana businesses wanting to locate here.
But he brought a casino here.
That was worth something to him as he does not do things that fail to reward him personally.
“What’s in it for me,” is his mantra.
According to a law suit now winding through Federal Court in Boston, he received a sizeable kickback in return for delivering the land used for the casino and hotel site to Steve Wynn.
I’ve talked with a number of people with knowledge of the kickback, including one who says he can identify how Kickback Carlo was paid, exactly how much he got, and who aided him in executing the arrangement.
At a time when the mayor is still busy toasting himself for helping to bring the casino here, the court process questioning how he did it has not stopped.
In fact, lawyers for both sides – Wynn and Suffolk Downs – are awaiting the outcome of Sterling Suffolk’s amended complaint, which among others, alleges the mayor took a kickback to facilitate the sale of the Everett land to Wynn Corporation.
The amended complaint is part of a Federal Civil Rico suit filed by Sterling Suffolk many months back before the summer began.
That amended complaint has been before Judge Patti Saris awaiting her decision to either allow the Sterling Suffolk amended complaint to move forward, or to be dismissed.
If she allows the amended complaint to move forward, it is a major headache for the mayor and several of those who were close to him at the time.