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Matawan Appoints New Borough Administrator

New administrator brings redevelopment and grant experience to borough.

The Matawan Borough Council formally appointed Louis Ferrara as the new borough administrator during their Feb. 19 meeting. 

Ferrara spent the last ten years working in the Wildwoods, where he worked on prokects such as the urban enterprise zone and the redevelopment of back-bay.

The previous borough administrator, Barbara Bascom, left her part-time position on July 1, according to Mayor Paul Buccellato. Her contract would have expired at the end of 2012. In the absence of the borough administrator, the mayor fills the role. 

The borough began interviewing interested candidates in November 2012. 

Councilwoman Donna Gould, who chairs the personnel committee, was excited to announce Ferrara would be joining the borough.

"Mr. Ferrara brings a unique set of professional skills and credentials that we believe will have a positive impact on Matawan. They include strong management background, grant procurement and recevelopment experience which taken separately and combined will be an asset to our community," Gould said. 

Ferrara is looking forward to get involved in the borough and is particularly looking forward to working on local redevelopment projects. 

"I really feel [Matawan] has tremendous opportunity to grow. Because of my combined redevelopment experience, I've looked for a town that has a huge future in redevelopment or economic development," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

The position is full time with a salary of $110,000, according to Mayor Paul Buccellato.

George Dzurina February 24, 2013 at 06:34 PM
.I would like to wish our new Administrator Mr. Ferrara good luck in his new position as filling Barbara Bascom’s “shoes” is a HUGE responsibility. During the past 1.5 years I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Bascom and found her to be quite impossible to contact and even more difficult even get a response from which she promised to provide. I certainly hope Mr. Ferrara will be more easily and readily available to the public as Matawan has plenty of challenges. I certainly hope he has experience with cooperating with state agencies such as the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) as Ms. Bascom refused to cooperate which has caused the Investigation of Mr. Glen Turner, John Quinn and Nick Fabiano Matawan Officials being investigated to span over 14 months on a particular project at First Presbyterian Church of Matawan. Due to the lack of participation from Borough Official’s this investigation has now been turned over to the Monmouth County Prosecutors office for a more detailed investigation. This investigation includes the solicitation of bribes, harassment and abuse of authority. Senator Samuel Thompson office has been involved and was not able to find any cooperation with Mayor Bucalletto or the Borough Attorney Mr. Menna. If any other contractor or homeowners have experience problems with the above mentioned departments contact Det. Sgt. Teresa Wilbert <TWilbert@co.monmouth.nj.us of the Prosecutors office as she is responsible for conducting the investigation
George Dzurina February 24, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Here is a task that our new Borough Administrator can work on. Since the Borough has cut the administrative services provided down to four days a week and actually 26 hours in some departments. This past week I went to pay my taxes on 2/20/2013 at around 11:45 AM only find all the administrative windows closed as the entire office shutdown from 12-1:30 PM ??????? I am sure there are enough people working in these service areas that a staggered lunch schedule could be created to provide the services that an average homeowner who pays taxes of over $10,000 for a modest home here in Matawan, I feel deserves. How many people outside of the public service employees here in Matawan get a 1.5 hour lunch break. I have also come on other days after work at 3:40 PM and windows where closed or there was no one available to provide the services that Matawan residents should expect. I am sure by now anyone who reads my comments can see that I am a lifetime Matawan & Aberdeen resident who has become very observant of our local Municipality and have become more and more discussed with what seems to be acceptable from our Mayor Paul Bucalletto and Council. I do not hide behind a blind name as my full name is posted with every comment. This is another perfect example of why shared services with Aberdeen would save all the homeowners and taxpayers of both Matawan & Aberdeen thousands of dollars. Did anyone else notice the salary of our new administrator of $110,000?

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