A reader points out a Boston Herald article on the latest political maneuver by Michael Connolly, the Boston political veteran who used 40B affordable housing provisions to build the controversial Wellesley Commons condo project on Washington Street that has kept Wellesley’s Zoning Board busy for the past few years. Connolly has had trouble selling the units and has appealed to the town to get a zoning change.
Connolly, already collecting a state pension, has reportedly now begun receiving unemployment benefits after stepping down from the state’s licensing board (“He is believed to be the first city official to receive or even seek jobless benefits for a position on an appointed board,” according to the story).
UPDATE (10/11/11): As for Connolly’s Wellesley doings, according to the Zoning Board, “he appealed the Board’s decision to the Housing Appeals Committee (HAC). He sent another request for modification of the Comprehensive Permit in August, which was determined by the Board as being a significant change that would require a Public Hearing. The hearing was scheduled for Sept. 14th. The HAC combined the two requests for modification and ordered the ZBA proceedings stayed. On Sept. 14th, the Board voted unanimously to suspend the hearing until further notice. Town Counsel is representing the Town before the HAC.”