Two former campaign workers for state Representative Wayne Matewsky have filed legal complaints against the Everett Democrat seeking payment of almost $3,500 for services provided during his campaign last spring.
Brian Durkin, an Everett contractor, filed a complaint on Oct. 30 seeking $2,700 for materials used to make signs for Matewsky for the special election in April. On Nov. 12, Rose Osterofsky filed a complaint seeking $775 for producing two campaign videos and a campaign website, according to documents for both cases filed in Malden District Court.
Matewsky’s troubles don’t stop there. A group of former campaign workers launched a website and a Facebook page called “Wayne Matewsky MA Step Down Today.” On the website, former workers state that they “were deceived, lied to, and used for the sole purpose of getting Matewsky elected as state representative.”
In one of the District Court cases, clerk-magistrate Dana Rutherford on Nov. 8 ordered Matewsky to pay $842 to Durkin, plus $100 in court costs, according to court papers. A payment review is scheduled for Dec. 19.
On Matewsky’s postelection campaign finance report, filed with the state May 10, a $1,525 liability is listed for Komputr Solutions, which is owned by Osterofsky, for a website and two videos.
A hearing on Osterofsky’s complaint is scheduled for Jan. 24.
In a brief interview on Monday, Matewsky said he is aware of both complaints, and plans to pay each bill.
“I paid what I thought was reasonable,” Matewsky said, referring to Durkin’s claim. He added that he plans to pay Osterofsky’s claim “in the next 30 days.”
He declined further comment.
In an interview, Durkin said he was a longtime Matewsky supporter, and had made campaign signs for him free of charge over the last 10 years. But during the special election, Durkin said, he told Matewsky he could afford only to donate the cost of labor, not materials.
“From the very beginning, he told me he’d pay me $3,000,” he said.
A former Everett resident who now lives in North Andover, Durkin said that after Matewsky was elected on April 2, he stopped returning his calls.
“I was totally hurt by that, after supporting him for so many years,” Durkin said. “I sent him a bill, and he ignored that. . . That’s when I went to court. At least a judge saw that I was owed something.”
Osterofsky said she sent Matewsky a bill for $1,525 on Aug. 21. Matewsky paid half that amount, but then stopped paying. “So I went to the court,” she said in an interview.
Her husband, Gerry, was treasurer of Matewsky’s campaign. He is now among the former campaign workers seeking Matewsky’s resignation from the House. Members of the group have been picketing Everett City Hall on nights when the Common Council meets.
Matewsky, who has served as the Ward 1 common councilor for 32 years, said he would resign the seat after he was elected last spring to fill the unexpired House term of Stephen “Stat” Smith. Smith resigned in January, and later pleaded guilty to charges of absentee ballot fraud. He was sentenced to four months in federal prison, and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.
But Matewsky has continued to serve on the Common Council and collect his $5,500 annual salary. He earns $61,133 a year as a state representative. His term on the Everett board will end on Jan. 1, when the city switches from a 25-member, dual-branch Common Council and Board of Aldermen to an 11-member City Council.
Matewsky “said he would resign and he didn’t,” Gerry Osterofsky said in an interview. Osterofsky said he was also angry that Matewsky did not hire him to be his legislative assistant on Beacon Hill.
“He promised to resign the council, and he promised he was going to get me a job as his aide. He promised about 10 people he would help them out in one way or another. We all got him elected,” Gerry Osterofsky said.
The small-claims complaints and the demands for his resignation are the latest controversies to involve Matewsky since he was elected state representative.
In April, Matewsky was reprimandedby his colleagues on the Common Council. He was accused of berating employees at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Everett on March 6, the night after he won the Democratic nomination for state representative.
The restaurant staff said Matewsky used profanities after complaining about being seated near a special-needs child celebrating her 7th birthday.
Employees also said he threatened to leave without paying a $60 bill, and threatened to have the Board of Health shut down the restaurant.
Matewsky strongly denied the restaurant’s allegations, but said he apologized to the staff. He also accepted the council’s reprimand.Kathy McCabe can be reached at katherine.mccabe@ globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe.