Several weeks ago, City Clerk Sergio Cornelio claimed he was taken advantage of by the mayor for a $96,000 payment when a property owned by Cornelio and paid for entirely by him for 18 months was sold.
This revelation has led to a battle between Cornelio and the mayor.
The mayor claims he was Cornelio’s partner.
A search of real estate transactions and LLCs filed at the Southern Middlesex Registry of Deeds indicates the mayor did not own a secured interest in the 43 Corey Street property as Cornelio has consistently claimed.
This leaves many to wonder, did the mayor own an interest in the property as he claims, or was Cornelio the sole owner as indicated by the public records?
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 city clerk and Everett’s Election office have confirmed that signature requirements have been changed to coincide with the recent Charter change concerning the upcoming city election.
Signature requirements for all those running for District School Committee and City Council seats have been officially dropped, as required by the city Charter change but were overlooked, according to City Clerk Sergio Cornelio.
City Clerk Sergio Cornelio has been elected the President of the Massachusetts Town Clerk’s Association.
Obviously, this is a great honor for Cornelio. It also, at the same time, speaks well of Everett.
Since becoming the City Clerk in 2018, Cornelio has grown into the position.
It appears to be something he was destined for, quite frankly.
He is a font of knowledge about nearly everything under the purview of the City Clerk’s office, which is to say, this is everything under the sun one needs to know about governmental goings-on in Everett.
His attention to detail at city council meetings and the various hearings he must preside over has made him the go-to man.