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Neff Crushes Brandt in Little Silver Primary

Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff

Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff overwhelmingly defeated self-promoter Rick Brandt in the Republican Primary on Tuesday night, 1092-376, likely securing a third term leading the borough’s local government.  Council members Don Galante and Corinne Thygeson were unopposed in the primary. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2019 elections, Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sex Offender Attempts To Revive Brandt’s Little Silver Campaign

A registered sex offender and his spouse recorded video of Little Silver Republican Chairman Stuart Van Winkle asking them if they had granted Rick Brandt permission to put campaign signs at their business.  They then spun the encounter as illegal harassment and posted the video on YouTube.  Brandt linked to the video in a lengthy press release on Thursday in which he depicts himself as a victim of “the dark underbelly” of Little Silver politics.

RedBankGreen depicted Will and Ingrid Garcia as “mom and pop” owners of a detail shop located at the overpriced Shell gas station across the street from the Little Silver train station.   A brief MMM investigation revealed that Will Garcia is a registered Tier 2 sex offender listed in both the New Jersey and Florida law enforcement databases.  He was convicted of sexual contact with two juvenile females.

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Posted: June 1st, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Rick Brandt took pictures of Markham Place School Kids Without Permission

Rick ‘The Pretender’ Brandt, the 30 year old challenger to Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff in the Republican primary on June 4 took posed for photos with 8 grade students of Markham Place School today, a violation of the school’s social media policy ( and of common sense and decency), and posted with photos on his campaign facebook page.

Brandt’s action caused a stir among parents in Little Silver facebook groups.  The school was alerted of Brandt’s actions and immediately demanded that he remove the photos.  MMM obtained screenshots of the offense and edited the photos to protect the identity of the children and to maximize the ridicule of Brandt. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Galante emphasizes Republican values to support Neff in Little Silver primary

By Don Galante, Little Silver Councilman

Don Galante

Can we take a minute to contemplate what’s been unfolding in our community with this upcoming Primary election and consider how it highlights the very definition of community service? We see a veteran Mayor who has donated 12 years of his time researching topics so he can make responsible, educated decisions to benefit his community and never looking for any credit for doing so. We see a leader who has been endorsed by every other sitting person on the Governing Body, all the employees of the Borough, a number of state and County elected Officials, members of both political parties, a number of volunteer organizations in our town and so many other informed members of our community. I personally have been fortunate to serve on Town Council, putting me in a position to sit next to Bob for this entire journey and watch his efforts to improve facilities, services and the quality of life in our incredible community. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Neff does not believe that Brandt is banned from Markham Place School

Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff and Rick Brandt are facing off in the GOP primary on June 4

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.

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Posted: May 20th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Little Silver Candidates Invited To Public Forum At Markham Place School

Rick Brandt is banned from school properties, says he’s “taken aback” by invitation to meet at a school

Little Silver Mayoral Candidates Bob Neff and Rick Brandt

Little Silver Republican Chairman Stuart Van Winkle has invited all candidates in the June 4th Republican Primary to attend a Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, May 28, 8PM at Markham Place School.  The event is open to the public.

Little Silver Democrats do not have any candidates running in their primary, meaning that is is likely that the Republican primary will determine who will be the mayor for the next four years.   Incumbent Mayor Bob Neff is seeking a third term. He is being challenged by Rick Brandt, aka Little Silver’s Superman.

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Posted: May 20th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

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 »

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 »

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 »