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: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2019 elections, Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 2019 elections, Bob Neff, Corinne Thygeson, Don Galante, Little Silver, Little Silver mayors race 2019, Monmouth County News, Rick Brandt | 2 Comments »
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: 2019 elections, Bob Neff, Ingrid Garcia, Little Silver, Megan's Law, Monmouth County News, Registered Sex Offender, Rick Brandt, Stuart Van Winkle, William Garcia, William Garcia JR | 17 Comments »
Candidate is acting as his own treasurer. His numbers don’t add up
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2019 elections, Little Silver, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, News | Tags: 2019 elections, Bob Neff, Corrine Thygeson, Cynthia Neff, Don Galante, June 4 primary, Little Silver, McGuckin Shatz & White CPAs, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, pretender, Rick Brandt | 2 Comments »
By 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.admin | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: 2019 elections, Bob Neff, Don Galante, Little Silver, Little Silver mayors race 2019, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Suzy Castleman | 4 Comments »
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 2019 elections, Little Silver, Little Silver Fire Department, Little Silver mayors race 2019, Little Silver Republicans, Little Silver Volunteer Fire Company No 1, Monmouth County News, Rick Brandt | 2 Comments »
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2019 elections, Little Silver, Monmouth County News | Tags: 2019 elections, Bob Neff, Corinne Thygeson, Donald Galante, Little Silver, Little Silver Republicans, Monmouth County News, Rick Brandt, Robert C. Neff, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Stuart Van Winkle | 2 Comments »
A Red Bank Regional High School student was arrested on Sunday night and charged with Creating a False Public Alarm, according to a statement by the Little Silver Police Department.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, Red Bank Regional High School | 1 Comment »
By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone
Summer is in full swing and I hope everyone is out there enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having. An annual tradition here in Monmouth County is the County Fair. The 41st Monmouth County Fair was a huge success with thousands of residents attending over the five days it was held at the East Freehold Fairgrounds on Kozloski Road.
Monmouth County is the gateway to the Jersey Shore, and you will find more than 50 miles of beaches, revolutionary history sites, nationally recognized parks and golf courses, outdoor dining experiences for all tastes and plenty of places to spend the night. The Monmouth Park System offers over 30 park areas to explore, please go out and enjoy all our beautiful county has to offer.
While we are on the topic of outdoor activities you can enjoy throughout our County, I would like to take a moment to address several concerns within different regions, including the Shark River dredging and the two-river area bike path.admin | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Neptune, Neptune Township, Shark River, Tom Arnone | Tags: Belmar, Cindy Zipf, Clean Ocean Action, Freeholder Tom Arnone, Little Silver, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Neptune City, Neptune Township, NJDOT, Randy Bishop, Rumson, Seaview Island, Senator Jennifer Beck, Shark River, Shark River Dredging, Tom Arnone, Two River, Two River Bike Path | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Progress on Shark River Dredging and Two River Bike Path
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County, Oceanport | Tags: Freeholder Tom Arnone, Little Silver, New Jersey American Water Company, Oceanport, Oceanport Ave, The bridge is out, Water main break | Comments Off on Water main break caused road and bridge closure in Oceanport and Little Silver
Monmouth County Republican Chairman was appointed Acting Administrator of the Borough of Oceanport last week, replacing Phil Huhn, a former Neptune Township administrator, who had been holding the post since June when Kimberly Jungfer resigned as Borough Administrator and Clerk to take the same job in neighboring Little Silver.
Mayor Michael J. Mahon confirmed Bennett’s temporary appointment and declined to comment further.
Bennett, who also serves as the borough’s attorney, said he was in conversations with the governing body to become a full time employee as a attorney and administrator in January.
“It would be a win-win for everybody,” Bennett said, noting that the borough would save money in legal fees if he held both posts. He said he is not seeking pension credits or health benefits in the proposed position.Art Gallagher | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth County, Monmouth GOP | Tags: Colts Neck, Dilworth Paxson, Farmingdale, John Bennett, Keansburg, Kimberly Jungfer, Little Silver, Meghan Bennett Clark, Monmouth GOP, Oceanport | 3 Comments »