Veteran politicians set to lead in 2021
By JOSH RESNEK
Longtime City Councilor Wayne Matewsky was elected by his colleagues at the annual organizational meeting of the council held Monday night on Zoom, and partially, at city hall.
Matewsky received a unanimous vote of his colleagues and a hearty round of applause following it.
“I can’t wait for a return to normal,” he said after the vote.
“I will lead the council with honesty, fairness, and respect,” he added.
In brief remarks, Matewsky thanked his colleagues, told them he was humbled by their support, and graciously introduced a number of visitors to the vote, which included his 90-year-old mother and biggest supporter, Marion.
Matewsky replaces Councilor Rosa DiFlorio.
He congratulated her for doing a good job.
At Everett High School, in the top floor library room with spectacular views of the Boston skyline where the School Committee meets, longtime School Committeeman Frank Parker assumed the chair of the School Committee.
Parker, a quiet humble man known for studying issues, laws, and everything to do about School Department protocol, was also elected unanimously by his colleagues.
He thanked his colleagues for their support. He pledged himself to be open and fair.
He praised outgoing chair Attorney Tom Abruzzese.
He complimented him for doing a great job during a tumultuous time.