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 »

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 »

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 »