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Rick Brandt Spent $30K so far in Little Silver GOP Primary

Candidate is acting as his own treasurer.  His numbers don’t add up

Rick Brandt, pretender

Richard Brandt, the 30 year old printing and packaging salesman challenging Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff in the June 4 Republican Primary has spent $29,297.74 in his quest for a portrait in borough hall, according to documents he filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Brandt, who acts as his own campaign treasurer, says he raised $30,520.11 for his campaign, including $20,450 he loaned to the campaign himself.  He reported expenditures of $29,297.74 and cash on hand of $56, leaving $1,165.51 unaccounted for.  Additionally, at one place on his Form R-1 twenty-nine day report, he says the loaned the campaign $17,100, not the aggregate loans of $20,450 he reported elsewhere on the form, for a $3,350 revenue discrepancy.

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Posted: May 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2019 elections, Little Silver, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Hornik and McCormac holding joint fundraiser in Marlboro tonight

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik and Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac are having a joint high dollar fundraiser tonight at Cuzin’s Seafood Clam Bar in Marlboro. The $300 per head event is being hosted by Middlesex Democrat Chairman Kevin McCabe and Monmouth Democrat Chair David Brown.

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Posted: May 9th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2019 elections, Jon Hornik, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hornik and McCormac holding joint fundraiser in Marlboro tonight

Prosecutor To Investigate Ocean Township Property Tax Fraud

Councilman John Napolitani does not deny the fraud when give the opportunity

Councilman John Napolitani did not deny that he is the member of the governing body who directed favorable treatment from the tax department for friends of the community

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating allegations that a member of the Ocean Township governing body had Stephen Gallagher (no relation to this blogger), the Township’s Chief Financial Officer, instruct employees of the Tax Department to remove properties of friends of the community, according to an announcement by Councilman Rob Acerra.

The allegations were made in a lawsuit by Meredith Nelson, Deputy Director of Finance, and first reported by MMM.

Acerra released a letter sent to the Prosecutor requesting the investigation and said he confirmed that the allegations would be investigated.

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Posted: May 9th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Ocean Township | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Prosecutor To Investigate Ocean Township Property Tax Fraud

Acerra: Siciliano “should consider” getting out of the Ocean Township Council race

Rob Acerra and Victor Ashkenazi

Ocean Township Councilman Rob Acerra responded to the news of Mayor Christopher Siciliano’s threat to a constituent on social media by demanding that Siciliano apologize and consider resigning.  Acerra said that Ocean Township “voters should strongly consider turning the page on the Siciliano era” in the municipal election on May 14.

“Here in Ocean we have a rich history of non-partisanship and civil political discourse,” said Acerra in a statement released early on Monday afternoon. “To see the Mayor acting like a schoolyard bully toward a constituent he is supposed to be representing raises doubts about his ability to lead. He is responsible for the commentary posted on his facebook profile in his name, period. At the very least Chris needs to apologize for these remarks, if not consider dropping out of the race. Voters don’t deserve a Mayor who solves challenges and bridges divides by threatening Ocean residents. We can and must do better.”

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Posted: April 29th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, Ocean Township | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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 »

Dina Long Will Not Seek Reelection As Sea Bright Mayor

Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long. photo credit:RedBankGreen.com

Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long announced on facebook and twitter this morning that she will not seek a third term leading the borough.

Long has served on the governing body for 16 years, the last 7 as mayor.  She led the rescue and recovery from Superstorm Sandy,which is ongoing.

First elected as a Democrat, Long left the party and became an Independent after Vin Gopal, then Chairman of the Monmouth Democrats, retaliated against her for endorsing Governor Chris Christie’s reelection in 2013.

She was reelected without partisan opposition in 2015.

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Posted: April 2nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Dina Long, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, Sea Bright | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Raymond Dothard Is Monmouth Dems Candidate For Sheriff

Raymond Dothard of Millstone is the Monmouth County Democrats endorsed candidate for Sheriff in the June 4 primary, MMM has learned.

Kevin Tuohy, the candidate who was endorsed at the Dems mini-convention earlier this month, has withdrawn for health reasons.

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Posted: March 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2019 elections, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Monmouth Dems and Republicans Endorse Their County and Assembly Candidates

GOP Freeholder candidates Nick DiRocco and Tom Arnone and Sheriff Shaun Golden are running to defend Monmouth’s great quality of life

The Monmouth County Democrats held a mini-convention on Saturday in Long Branch to endorse their candidates for Assembly in districts 11,12,13 and 30 for the June 4 primary.  The also endorsed primary candidates for Monmouth County Sheriff and and two Freeholder seats.

The Monmouth GOP held their annual nominating convention last Saturday, March 9 at iPlayAmerica in Freehold, where over 400 enthusiastic Republican County Committee members came out to endorse their County and Assembly candidates by acclamation. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 17th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 13th Legislative District, 2019 elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Three Dems to compete for Two Monmouth Freeholder nominations

The Monmouth County Democrats will endorse their nominees Sheriff, Freeholder and State Assembly in Districts 11,12 13 and 30 on Saturday morning, 10 a.m., at a “mini-convention” to be held at the Portuguese Club of Long Branch.

Governor Phil Murphy is in Puerto Rico, sans socks, and will not attend the convention.


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Posted: March 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Three Dems to compete for Two Monmouth Freeholder nominations

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 »