Mayor’s taxpayer funded reelection campaign

The mayor has been using the city’s water billing system for the past several months to mail out citywide a slick, newly conceived campaign media piece paid for by taxpayers.

Its cost – about $4,000 a month.

The piece is mainly and overtly about him and all the good he is doing.

It is also distributed around the city at corner stores, et cetera The mayor’s media folks – his chief of staff, et al – are showing him how to use taxpayer money to send out a Carlo DeMaria for Mayor newsletter and how to pass it around.

In a city served rather well served by three newspapers, it is a wonder he feels the need to have his own publication.

In two of the newspapers, the mayor has been running full-page paid advertisements about his accomplishments – paid for by guess who – the taxpayers.

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In the face of fiscal crisis city decorates with $800 wreaths

New Christmas wreaths on the street poles as a Dagle electrician strings lights on the tree at Everett Square. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Christmas tree is beautiful but cost Everett $8000

By JOSH RESNEK

The new wreaths placed on poles throughout the city were the talk of the town last week.

After all, they are beautiful, green and golden and impeccable, more so in many
ways than what the Town of Wellesley installs on its

After all, they are beautiful, green and golden and impeccable, more so in many
ways than what the Town of Wellesley installs on its poles every Christmas.

The only difference – Wellesley can afford it – Everett should think more carefully about its spending in the face of the crisis the city is facing with the virus and Encore.

The juxtaposition of lines of people wearing face mask along the length of Chelsea Street underneath these stunning wreaths, brings to mind one of the cruel ironies of the Christmas season. Everything that glitters, like the wreaths, brings to mind one of the cruel ironies of the Christmas season.

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Questions raised why taxpayers are paying for brochure’s cost

By JOSH RESNEK

When Everett residents went to their mailboxes Friday morning, many found their water bills.

After opening the water bills, which no one likes to receive much less than to pay, they found the mayor’s monthly brochure.

Created by the mayor and his staff or by one of his hired guns paid for by the city, produced with city funding and sent out with city mail at the city’s cost, the mayor has achieved yet another personal stipend.

“This would be the kick- off of his re-election campaign,” said a city hall observer with a keen knowledge of how such things work.

“It is typical of the mayor’s abuse of his position to use city funds to produce campaign literature for his re-election effort. To do it every month is a crime, a clear conflict of interest,” added the city hall observer. Two councilors told the Leader Herald they were going to question the mayor about the newsletter at the next city council meeting.

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The mayor learns to deal with Encore

By JOSH RESNEK

A very well-known gentleman I know from the North End who loves to play cards with the bad boys told me a great Carlo story that went something like this:

“Carlo played for hours one night with my buddies. He ended up owing thousands when he left the card table and headed home. He was pretty grim. Losing at cards is bad. Owing when you leave the table is worse.

“Anyway, before Carlo left the table, one of the bad boys in charge of the game asked him politely: ‘When do I get the money you owe.?’”

“Carlo turned to him and said: ‘Next week. Guaranteed. You know me,’ he added, my buddy told me.

“Yeah, Carlo. That’s what I’m worried about,” my buddy told me the North End guy said to him with a grimace.

“’See you next week Carlo. I’ll be waiting right here. No excuses, Carlo,’” he said, according to my buddy.

Next week came and passed.

No Carlo. No payment.

The fellow in the North End was getting a bit impatient. Mind you, this wasn’t about Encore not paying its in lieu of tax bill to the city even though the payment was guaranteed by the host agreement.

“Where’s my money? “the North End gentleman asked Carlo during a phone call after waiting patiently several weeks, my buddy told me.

Carlo responded adroitly. After all, he is the mayor, a big crap shooter really up on his toes and aware of everything going on in his world.

“Oh. I already paid what I owed you,” Carlo exclaimed, my friend told me.

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Encore must be put on notice

Encore’s failure to pay the City of Everett our in lieu of tax payment on time is an outrage.

Encore’s apparent payment of what they owe the city is another outrage.

What will the mayor do about it?

Nothing.

Why?

He is beholden to the casino and hotel. He has no power over the executives at Encore, and no pull with the folks at the parent, Wynn Resorts. With Steve Wynn out of the picture, the mayor is unable to mitigate against Encore’s unilateral change of policy to pay the state instead of the city.

Now the city must go to the state and ask, or beg, however it works during this time of virus shutdown and curtailed state services, for the money the city needs to run its budget and to provide city services.

First reports indicate the city might receive what it is owed – more than $10 million by the end of August.

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