By Seth Daniel
Will the real Ward 3 resident please stand up?
After being accused for the past several months of living outside the ward, incumbent Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso said this week that he has concrete evidence that his challenger – former Ward 3 Councillor Brian Vesce – doesnâ€™t live in the ward.
â€œMy opponent does not live where he says he lives,â€ said Guinasso. â€œItâ€™s evident. Itâ€™s a three- or four-bedroom apartment his brother rents…When asked recently, he said he lives with his mother and she lives in Ward 5…I figured, why should I keep it a secret? Let him respond to it…Where I live is fact, and where my opponent lives is fiction.
â€œMy opponent doesnâ€™t even have a phone under his name and heâ€™s going to represent Ward 3?â€ continued Guinasso.
Vesce is listed as living at 29 Oxford Park.
He said Guinassoâ€™s allegations are desperate and despicable.
â€œMy mother lived at 532 Revere St. [in Ward 5] for 50 years,â€ he said. â€œShe is sick and Iâ€™m in and out of the house all day, taking care of her. This guy is insane. Itâ€™s a total lie. My mom is 88 and my sister and I take turns taking care of her. All my mail is at Oxford Park, and all my clothes are there, too. Iâ€™ll show them to anyone. Heâ€™s desperate.
â€œWhy doesnâ€™t he walk the streets as hard as I have been to get his message out?â€ continued Vesce. â€œEverywhere I go, he is so disliked by everyone. Theyâ€™re trying to rattle me, and Iâ€™m not going to be rattled. I know where I live.â€
Guinasso said he wanted to put the allegation out there because he has been accused by several political operatives in the city of not living at his residence on Martin Street. He said those operatives support Vesce.
The allegation against Guinasso has been around for two years, since he bought what he calls a vacation home/investment on Revere Beach in the Atlantica.
While he attached a Declaration of Homestead to his deed (which technically can only be attached to a main residence), he said that it doesnâ€™t make the condo his primary residence. He has lived at 2 Martin St. for many decades.
â€œI bought that condo for vacation and for investment,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s where I relax, and Iâ€™ve probably been there 20 times. My speculation was a little wrong because I thought when the Ocean Club came on line, my property would skyrocket. That isnâ€™t happening right now…Some people retire and choose to buy property in Florida, Maine or New Hampshire. I invested in Revere and Iâ€™m catching a lot of heat for it.â€
Meanwhile, he said that if anyone doubts where his main residence is, they could ask his neighbors.
â€œAsk my neighbors if I live on Martin Street,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m there until Paul Buonfiglio has to take me out for my funeral…Weâ€™re going nowhere fast when it come to our home on Martin Street.â€
Said Vesceâ€™s elderly mother, Jeannette, in tears, â€œ[Brian] is not living here with me, and thatâ€™s the truth. If he canâ€™t come in and out of the house to visit his mother when sheâ€™s sick, then what kind of man is he?â€