Council Candidates: Fred Migliaccio, Christopher Neyhart and Richard Brand
West Long Branch: A late change to the candidates for the upcoming elections adds one more person running for a total of 3. Latest among the runners is Richard Brand, who entered after the cutoff date for getting on the ballot and is asking voters to use the Write-in option to vote for him. Fred Migliaccio and Christopher Neyhart are already on the ballot.
WORDontheShore asked the candidates, “Why are you running and what do you believe are the most important matters for the borough?”
Richard Brand said the most important matters for the borough are, 1.) The need for new ideas to address current borough concerns, He said “We need new faces. New blood.” He sees the newest council members, Jose Villa and John Aria as representative of that new element. “The town needs people with willingness to make changes, not do things because they have always been done one way.”
He says he sees shared services as viable to address emerging concerns for taxes while maintaining good service quality. “Some past decisions like moving the court to Ocean Township into rental space needs to be revisited. And I need to know more about police shared services to understand the options that will work best for West Long Branch,” he said.
A lifelong resident, he and his wife and high school sweetheart, Rae, have three children, Heather, Ryan and Samantha. The retired police captain attended Montclair State College and the Monmouth County Police Academy in his 27 years with the West Long Branch Police Department. He was Fire Chief, served 38 years with the Department, and was Emergency Management Coordinator, with many commendations. He is at 732-728-0419.
Fred Migliaccio, born in Long Branch, attended the West Long Branch schools, Brookdale Community College, Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickenson Universities. He worked with the New Jersey highway agencies, beginning his present career in Long Branch 10 years ago. In Long Branch he has served as Director of Public Works for 10 years, having served also as code official, and inspector in Oceanport and West Long Branch. He is a Certified Public Manager, Public Woks Manager, and is a member of American Public Works Association.
He and his wife Stephanie and sons Jamie and Patrick, who are in college, reside in West Long Branch. Fred was a member of the WLB Sports Association in his younger years, he said.
Migliaccio says he sees opportunity for using shared services to improve services to residents while containing costs and taxes under better control. He credits his experience in government services as positive for applying his experience to the council job. His number is 732-904-4741.
Christopher Neyhart, a lifelong resident, chairs the Police Committee and sits on the Public Works and Public Property Committees. He is the Alternate Community Development Representative.
He is a retired Police Officer and real estate broker in the borough. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a softball, baseball, basketball, and soccer coach with the WLB Sports Association. He is a Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 145 and an advisor for the WLB Police Explorers. He and his wife Andrea, and their children Brandon, Gina, and Anthony reside in the borough. He can be reached at 732- 245-8048, his office, 732-229-2300.
Neyhart said he wants to be a part of helping West Long Branch to stay the wonderful community he and his family enjoy. He sees opportunities for improving services. “There are ways to contain costs and maintain quality services. He said some ways have been adopted, like shared police dispatch with Oceanport, and sharing court costs Ocean Township. He sees opportunities and future challenges for the council. “We must weigh the pros and cons of our decisions with the future in mind at all times,” he said. He said their must also be fairness, to the employees.