By Aaron Keebaugh
Due to a recent ruling in Suffolk Superior Court, Revere City Hall will be closed once again on Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day, Mayor Dan Rizzo said in a statement Tuesday.
Associate Justice Linda E. Giles ruled in Revere’s favor this week, effectively striking down a state mandate for city employees in Suffolk County to work on the two holidays unless the commonwealth pays them for overtime.
In 2010 Governor Deval Patrick signed a law mandating that government buildings in Suffolk County remain open on those holidays, leading some to believe that the holidays would soon disappear, according to The Boston Globe. The law, however, required employees to be paid for overtime work on those days.
Keeping City Hall open on the “hack holidays” has cost taxpayers $8,928.64 each year for overtime work, according to Mayor Rizzo.
Judge Giles’s ruling was the first for Suffolk County and may open the door for Winthrop, Chelsea, and Boston, where the law still holds, The Boston Herald reported Wednesday.
A spokesperson for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told The Boston Herald that the city of Boston will continue to uphold the law but will review Giles’s decision in order to chart the best future course.
For Revere, the ruling is a win for the taxpayers, Rizzo noted. “The city can now close City Hall on these dates, as is done with any other recognized holiday,” the mayor said.