Concern voiced over yearly payroll bonanza calculations
By JOSH RESNEK
The mayor’s $40,000 a year longevity bonus is a made-up bonus placed in the city budget by CEO Eric Demas and approved by the city council.
The payment at most should be at maximum, $10,000 a year, not the $40,000 a year the mayor has been receiving, according to city hall higher-ups who spoke with the Leader Herald on the condition of confidentiality.
“If the city council challenged this payment to the mayor and the state attorney general approved of the action, the mayor would have to pay back everything he has received as a longevity payment except what he was by law supposed to receive for the past 14 years.
Two years ago, Vivian Nguyen, a 19 year old Linden Street resident at the time, ran against Councilor Rosa DiFlorio.
Nguyen lost by 29 votes.
This time around, Nguyen, now 21, and a senior at Babson College, is working hard to bring home the bacon to her ward.
During a recent kick-off event that drew more than 100 ward residents
Nguyen says the ward is a changed place since the last election.
“Many people have moved out or are being pushed out by rising rental prices, and many newcomers have moved in,” Nguyen told the Leader Herald during an interview at Common Ground Café Saturday morning.
Nguyen described what most residents are feeling and seeing – a new Everett forming out of the changing times.
Although she didn’t say it, she believes the ward has changed enough that Councilor Rosa DiFlorio’s re-election could be in serious question.
In the first wave, candidates tossed their hats into the ring. In the second wave, some have made final decisions to withdraw or to change their venue.
The councilor at-large race now has 11 candidates, nine of whom have been certified. Only Guerline Alcy and James Mastrocola have yet to submit their signatures. Incumbent Samantha Lambert, candidate Robert Santacroce, and Jenny Montresor have yet to have their signatures certified.
Catherine Hicks has stepped away from the at-large contest. She has withdrawn from this race, choosing to be on the ballot for School Committee Ward 6.
Councilor Wayne Matewsky, president of the city council, is one of the two candidates getting a free ride this time around.
No one has chosen to run against the longtime councilor, and one of the most popular political figures in the city.
Councilor Stephanie Martins is the other.
Longtime former councilor Jason Marcus has withdrawn from the Ward 2 race.