EV Vol. 31, No. 24 -FREEEVE ER TT Everett’s Local News Source for over 30 Years! ADDOCCO TEAT www.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday 617-387-2200 Friday, June 17, 2022 TRUTH IS TOLD: Tables turn on LeaderHerald owners and reporter thanks to City Clerk’s deposition in Mayor’s libel case against newspaper Cornelio denies giving any interview to Resnek for Sept. 8, 15, 2021, stories which slander mayor We’re committed to learning, listening, and reflecting. As part of our commitment to do right by our community, our branches will be closed on Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth. As always, you can access our ATMs and your Online & Mobile Banking anytime. Enroll at www.EverettBank.com By James D. Mitchell I n what could be called a bombshell to the Philbin 419 BROADWAY. EVERETT, MA 02149 771 SALEM ST. LYNNFIELD, MA 01940 WWW.EVERETTBANK.COM 617-387-1110 781-776-4444 Member FDIC | Member DIF SINCE 1921 Messinger Insurance Agency 475 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 Phone: 617-387-2700 Fax: 617-387-7753 NEW COMPETITIVE AUTO RATES AND BENEFITS AVAILABLE  ACCIDENT FORGIVENESS  DISAPPEARING COLLISION DEDUCTIBLE  11% DISCOUNT WITH SUPPORTING POLICY  10% COMBINED PAY IN FULL DISCOUNT AND GREEN DISCOUNT  10% GOOD STUDENT DISCOUNT Celebrating 100 years of excellence! Monday thru Friday: 8am to 6pm Saturdays 9am to 1pm! Check out our NEW website! www.messingerinsurance.com newspaper venture, which published, according to Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s defamation lawsuit filed on October 7, 2021, two stories in Sept. of 2021 prior to the primary election claiming Everett City Clerk Sergio Cornelio made accusations that the mayor extorted him after partnering in a commercial property deal, Cornelio has testified to the contrary. Cornelio’s May 3, 2022, testimony to attorneys suing Everett Leader-Herald owner Matthew Philbin, Andrew Philbin, Sr. and reporter Josh Resnek states that the claims were never given and he was never interviewed by Resnek for the two stories published on Sept 8. and Sept. 15 defaming the mayor. It is now shown through the city clerk’s own testimony that they were false and defamatory articles to hurt the mayor’s reelection. In a copy of the deposition provided to The Advocate by a source close to the case, Cornelio stated to Attorney Jeff Robbins of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, one of the attorneys representing the mayor, that Resnek first appeared at his City Hall office while delivering newspapers in 2021 and stated to him that he knew about the 43 Corey St. commercial property deal that Cornelio and the mayor were involved in and asserted to the city clerk, “The mayor is extorting you – you have to grow a pair of balls!” Cornelio said that he met with City Councillor Mike Marchese in the summer of 2021 after the councillor approached him about purchasing his Elsie Street property, which his wife, a Somerville police detective, would purchase under asking price. Cornelio stated in the deposition that Greg Antonelli and Mike Marchese approached him over suing the mayor over the proceeds from the Corey Street property deal, which at one time, Cornelio also testified that Antonelli, owner of GTA TRUTH | SEE PAGE 4

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