It is high time Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stopped obstructing the Everett Casino and worked together with all stakeholders to come to an agreement on mitigation. The casino law was passed by both houses of the legislature, signed by our former Governor - and then overwhelmingly approved by voters in a statewide referendum. In fact, Mayor Walsh himself voted for this law when he was a state representative.
Everett voters twice approved a casino in our city - and by huge margins. The city of Boston's frivolous lawsuits are delaying progress and harming Everett's future. I'm also disappointed that Boston has spent more than $1 million on these lawsuits. That's money that could be spent to tackle opiate abuse, homelessness and a host of other issues that affect all of our metropolitan area.
Everett has been patient, civil and accommodating in this process, but I'm not pleased that our city's progress and future is being held up for what appear to be purely political reasons.
It's time for Mayor Walsh to be a man of his word, fold his hand and let's work together to address his concerns. Litigation isn't the answer.
See Anthony's remarks in this week's Everett Independent.