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Little Silver’s Tale of Two Mayors

By Don Galante

Don Galante

I have had the honor of serving my community as a Borough Councilman for 16 years. During that period, I worked with two incredible people who held the position of Mayor of Little Silver. The first eight years (2000 to 2008) were spent working and collaborating with Suzy Castleman. The second eight years (2011 to present) joining forces with Bob Neff. Although both terms are unique, due to different issues facing our town and our society, there are incredible similarities in both leaders and how they managed Little Silver.

I want to start by clarifying, being Mayor of Little Silver is not a ceremonial job.  The job entails many long hours, lots of hard work, tough decisions and difficult negotiations.  Being Mayor also means doing copious amounts of research in order to make the most educated decisions for the town.  These decisions are usually not the easy or popular ones. And while Suzy and Bob had a completely different approach, I never wavered in my belief that both Mayors have always had only the best interests of their constituents in mind. All decisions were for the greater good, not to win popularity contests or to post photos.

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Posted: April 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Little Silver Awarded $275K To Repave Markham Place

Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff

The Borough of Little Silver has been award $275,000 of Transportation Trust Fund money for the repaving on Markham Place, Mayor Bob Neff announced this afternoon.

The grant is part of the Department of Transportation’s 2019 Municipal Aid Program and is funded by the State gas tax, DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said in her letter to Neff.  NJDOT received 681 applications requesting $377.9 million this year.  The competitive program only has $161.25 million available in 2019.

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Posted: March 29th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Little Silver Awarded $275K To Repave Markham Place

Rick Brandt suspended by Little Silver Fire Department

Is Rick Brandt the choir boy he presents himself to be?

Rick Brandt, the 30 year old packaging salesman challenging Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff in the Republican primary on June 4, was suspended from the borough’s fire department last fall.  The suspension was extended for an additional six months last week, according to documents obtained by MMM this morning.

RedBankGreen first reported Brandt’s  suspension, earlier this afternoon.

According to a December 7, 2018 letter from officers of the Little Silver Fire Company #1 to Little Silver Borough Clerk Kim Jungfer, the Mayor and Council and the Trustees and Administration of the Fire Company, Brandt was agreed to a 30 day suspension on November 30 for violating the fire department’s by-laws regarding photographing emergency scenes and using fire department equipment and grounds in photographs without authorization.

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Posted: March 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Robert Neff will run for reelection as Little Silver Mayor

Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff announced today that he is seeking a third term leading the Borough.

Neff, a 56 year old attorney has been mayor since 2011.  He and Council members Donald Galante and Corinne Thygeson are running as a team for the Republican nominations in the primary on June 4 with the “overwhelming endorsement” of the local GOP organization, according to their announcement.

“The committee’s support for Bob was extremely strong, and we look forward to working with Bob and his running mates to continue to serve the people of Little Silver,” said Little Silver Republican Chairman Stuart Van Winkle.

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Posted: February 6th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2019 elections, Little Silver, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Water main break caused road and bridge closure in Oceanport and Little Silver

A water main break on Oceanport Ave at the County Bridge S-25 has caused an emergency closure between Silverside Ave in Little Silver and Main St. in Oceanport, according to a statement released by the Monmouth County Department of Tourism and Public Information.

Tricia Ring Wadja of the Information Office told MMM that the bridge will reopen today at 2PM and will be open with an alternate lane traffic feed tomorrow, February 4.

New Jersey American Water Company is performing the emergency repair work, which is expected to be completed tomorrow afternoon.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County, Oceanport | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Water main break caused road and bridge closure in Oceanport and Little Silver

LITTLE SILVER: HOMESTEAD GETS FUNDING ARM

LITTLE SILVER: HOMESTEAD GETS FUNDING ARM (via redbankgreen)

A nonprofit organization will serve as the fundraising arm for the historic site, which dates back almost 350 years. (Click to enlarge) By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO A charitable corporation has been formed to help carry out plans to run Little Silver’s historic…

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Posted: September 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on LITTLE SILVER: HOMESTEAD GETS FUNDING ARM

Little Silver Mayor Suzanne “Suzy” Castleman: RIP

suzy-castlemanLittle Silver Mayor Suzanne Castleman passed away on Friday evening.  She was 76 years old.

“Suzy,” as she was known to her many friends, served as mayor of the borough since 1994.  She was a member of the council from 1984 until becoming mayor.

In April she announced that she would not seek another term as mayor in order to spend more time with her beloved husband Donald.  Donald passed a month later at the age of 82.  Donald and Suzanne would have been married 55 years this month.

Suzy is survived by her two daughters, Anne Connell and Elizabeth Halpin, and four grandchildren.

Suzy was elected to the Red Bank Regional High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004.  She was elected to the NJ League of Municipalities Hall of Fame in 2006 for twenty years of service as an elected official.

Posted: July 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver | Tags: , | 2 Comments »