Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff contacted MMM this morning, in response to our story about the Meet the Candidates event on May 28, to say he does not believe that Rick Brandt, his opponent in the June 4 Republican primary, is avoiding the forum sponsored by the Little Silver GOP because he is not permitted at the venue.
“I don’t believe that Rick’s access to Markham Place School has ever been restricted in any way, so that’s not standing in the way of a debate,” Neff said in text message.
Councilman Christian Smith backed up Neff and cleared up some of the confusion. “He is banned from the Red Bank Regional HS district. 2 different districts,” Smith said in a text. “Rick has no issues with the elementary/middle school. I would know as I was president of the Board during that time frame.”
Little Silver School District Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Kossack responded to our OPRA request asking for any correspondence between Brandt and the Board or administrators during the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 by promising to investigate. “We will check. I’m not sure if there has been any but we will certainly look at all agendas,” Kossack wrote. Kossack has been superintendent of the elementary/middle school district since 2007. She was named Monmouth County Superintendent of the Year for 2019.
The Red Bank Regional High School District has not yet responded to our OPRA request for any correspondence from school administrators and/or Board of Education President(s), Vice President(s) and/or Acting President(s) and Mr. Rick Brandt in the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Katy Inacio, Assistant to Little Silver Police Chief Daniel Shaffery and custodian of police records, said she would expedite our OPRA request into police calls involving Brandt for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
MMM will get to the bottom of what school properties Brandt is banned from and why, hopefully before the Republican primary election on June 4.
In the meantime, if Little Silver’s Superman knocks on your door, ask him why he is declining to participate in the Meet the Candidates forum on May 28 and why he thinks such a forum “truly reflects the epitome of the poor, and biased communication in Little Silver which as Mayor I will work to improve.” MMM offered to interview him, but he referred us to his website where he doesn’t discuss the Meet the Candidates event or his banishment from school property.