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 »
With word leaking out that Rick Brandt has been banned from Markham Place School, even though he wasn’t when MMM screwed up and inferred that he was earlier this week, the 30 year old printing and packaging salesmen is coming to grips with the fact that he is not going to win the Republican nomination for Little Silver Mayor. MMM has learned that Brandt is now considering becoming the 24th person to enter the race for 2020 Democrat nomination for President of the United States.
When informed that the U.S. Constitution requires that Presidents be 35 years of age, Brandt smiled, put two thumbs up and filed his paperwork anyway.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, News, Satire | Tags: Congressman Chris Smith, Josh Welle, Little Silver mayors race 2019, Monmouth County News, Rick Brandt, Satire, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 7 Comments »
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: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 2019 elections, Bob Neff, Dr Carolyn M. Kossack, Little Silver mayors race 2019, Little Silver Republican Primary, Markham Place School, Monmouth County News, Rick Brandt | 3 Comments »
By Don Galante, Little Silver Councilman
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: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: 2019 elections, Bob Neff, Don Galante, Little Silver mayors race 2019, Little Silver Republican Primary, Monmouth County News | 3 Comments »
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 2019 elections, Bob Neff, Christian Smith, Monmouth County News, Rick Brandt | 2 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 »
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Gas Tax, Little Silver, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Gas Tax, NJ Transportation Trust Fund, NJDOT, NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti | Comments Off on Little Silver Awarded $275K To Repave Markham Place
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 »