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Marchese seeks to remove mayor’s vote on School Committee

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  Councillor-at-Large Michael Marchese wanted to amend the City Charter by giving the mayor a voice but no vote on the School Committee during Monday’s City Council meeting at City Hall.

  “He’s gone to like two meetings out of the past 17 votes,” Marchese said. “Maybe he’s more disruptive up there than on a positive note.”

  In the majority of local municipalities, the mayor is a voting member of the school committee.

  Marchese is a well-known political enemy of the mayor and has constantly criticized him no matter what the issue. Along with his brother, Attorney Joseph Marchese of Nantucket, Mass., Marchese has been named as a source of information to the owner and publisher of the Everett Leader Herald, whose reporter, Joshua Resnek, has admitted to writing lies and fabricating stories about the mayor in multiple depositions during a lawsuit filed by the Mayor DeMaria.

  The matter was referred to legislative affairs.

  In other City Council news, Ward 1 Councillor Wayne Matewsky asked Inspectional Services to investigate 2 Lewis Pl. and 97 Lewis St., over concerns of fish odor and trash buildup, including the possibility of an illegal apartment. “There’s a mountain of trash coming out of nine apartments,” Matewsky said. “The smell is terrible – I had to roll up the windows driving by.”

  He said that although people may have large families, there’s 11 last names on one mailbox. He thanked Inspector Peter Sikora for visiting the properties on Saturday. They fined the property owner $300, adding that there may be a language barrier. The matter was referred to Code Enforcement, the Fire Prevention Bureau and the Building Department.

  (Editor’s Note: James Mitchell contributed to this article.)
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