Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

County Settles Former Mayor's Suit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

County Settles Former Mayor's Suit

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A once-contentious political battle ended quietly this week when the Bergen County Freeholders approved a $200,000 settlement of a lawsuit filed against the county by former Dumont Mayor Matthew McHale.

The board voted unanimously and without comment Wednesday to pay the money and resolve the lawsuit McHale filed against the Bergen County Improvement Authority and County Executive Kathleen Donovan over his February 2011 ouster as director of the authority.

McHale, a former executive director of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, was one of a flurry of appointments made in the waning days of an eight-year span in which Democrats controlled county government.

Donovan sought to block that move by vetoing the minutes of the authority board, which in turn rescinded McHale's Dec. 16, 2010, appointment.

McHale sued in U.S. District Court, claiming he was wrongfully terminated. Donovan countered that she had a right to pick her own person to head the authority, which she had targeted for criticism during her campaign. …

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