As the Democrats prepare to pack their bags and leave Bergen County government, a last vestige of the Joe Ferriero days remains.
Dumont Mayor Matt McHale, who many describe as perhaps the closest protege of Ferriero, who rose to power, fell from grace and now resides outside the political spectrum after his case was overturned, was named Executive Director of the Bergen County Improvement Authority Thursday.
McHale takes over the bonding authority that has faced intense scrutiny of late after former Chairman Ronald O’Malley was indicted earlier this year. The post is one of the most lucrative in the county. McHale was appointed despite howls from Republicans who will take over the county executive’s office and the freeholder board next year.