2016 Feuds of the Year – Number 6: Patricia McGeehan vs. Bayonne P.A.L.


Bayonne Superintendent of Schools Patricia McGeehan ultimately cost herself a new contract by allowing a personal vendetta with the Bayonne Police Athletic League (PAL) to tarnish her reputation. Bayonne PAL protest

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

As the head of a Hudson County school district, one of the many unwritten rules is to not make any hasty decisions that would draw the ire of your local mayor.

McGeehan clearly violated that sacred rule by sending an eviction letter to the PAL on May 26, prompting a scathing response from Mayor Jimmy Davis, denouncing the superintendent’s actions.

Just a couple days later, PAL Executive Director KT Torello and BOE Trustee Mary Jane Desmond told Hudson County View that they didn’t expect the organization to be evicted from 550 Avenue A – the spot they’ve called home since 1992.


At this point, it would’ve been logical for McGeehan and/or the BOE to announce that the eviction letter was some sort of misunderstanding, which they were rescinding and apologizing for so everyone could move on with their happy-go-lucky lives.

Well, for one reason or another, perhaps simply because it’s Bayonne, that didn’t happen and McGeehan began to get steamrolled by local officials over the subject.

Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31) chimed in to voice her support for the PAL before three former Bayonne mayors essentially came out of nowhere to do the same.

Days later, McKnight’s Assembly colleague Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), Davis, Torello, BOE Vice President Denis Wilbeck, as well as many students currently enjoying services offered by the PAL, gathered for a City Hall protest against the eviction.

When it rains, it pours. Surely, now was the time to backtrack on the poorly thought out concept before things could get any worse … right?

Not quite, as a protest with many local parents and the aforementioned elected officials prior to the June 13 BOE meeting ensured that such a plan would be off the table, the board announced prior to the meeting actually getting underway.

Anyone who thought this got McGeehan off the hook was sadly mistaken, as she still took a few stiff shots during the public portion of the meeting.



When the smoke settled, this whole ordeal forced McGeehan into an early retirement, as the board voted not to renew her contract, twice actually, meaning that June 30, 2017 will be her last day on the job.

Talk about a political misfire.


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