Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

PRINCESS GRACE?

Cangemi

Kaye Ernst wants Grace Cangemi to succeed her on the Borough Council.

But will Mayor Pasquale Menna and his Democratic majority risk giving the tailwind of incumbency to a Republican who came within a couple of dozen votes of winning the seat now occupied by Councilman Michael DuPont?

In filling the vacancy, the council gets to choose from three nomimees to be submitted by the local GOP leadership. Like Ernst, Councilman John Curley, the other Republican on the six-member body, has endorsed Cangemi.

Menna, though, is keeping his counsel about the presumed frontrunner for the spot.

“I don’t have a feeling for it,” Menna said Tuesday, when asked for his first-blush reaction to Ernst’s recommendation. “What Kaye Ernst expressed is a personal feeling. We can’t even consider until we get three names from the Republican Committee, and I have no idea whose names they’re going to be submitting.

“This is not a monarchy, and Grace is not the crown princess to the abdicated queen,” Menna said.

As to his personal feelings about Cangemi, Menna said, “I think she’s a very nice person, and certainly energetic. But again, she’s possibly one of three people, and I don’t know who the other two may be.”

Cangemi said she’s up for the job if it’s offered.

“I’m willing to go for it,” she told redbankgreen. “To have this dropped on me in this way was startling, but I feel I owe it to the people who voted for me.”

A 40-year-old mortgage broker who lives on Rector Place, Cangemi was present Monday when Ernst dropped her bombshell during a sparsely attended council session. Cangemi said she’d been tipped off Sunday night by Ernst, who wanted to know if Cangemi would be open to the nomination.

Echoing sentiments expressed by Ernst and Curley, Cangemi said that since Menna became mayor on Jan. 1, “the council chamber is a much more pleasant place to be.” Though disagreements among elected officials are to be expected, she said she “would hope it would not always be along party lines. In a town the size of Red Bank, there’s no room for this party bickering.”

In that spirit, Cangemi said, she’ll accept the council’s decision, whichever way it breaks. And she’ll be able to live with the outcome, she said, because “I’ve already had my ‘Dewey Beats Truman’ moment,” when a newspaper inaccurately reported that she’d outpolled DuPont in November.

“I’ve been on this roller coaster already,” she said.

“This isn’t a given. Honestly, it’s a tough choice for the council,” Cangemi said. “This is another one of those things that, if it runs along party lines, I’m sure I won’t be the person they choose, because I did come close” in the election. (DuPont’s margin of victory was 16 votes, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s website.)

That whole incumbency thing, you see, becomes a factor later this year. Whomever gets the job will only be guaranteed the seat through the end of 2007; the final year of Ernst’s three year term would be up for grabs in November’s election, in which seats held by Democrats RJ Bifani and Sharon Lee will also be open.

Lee has said she’ll run again; we haven’t heard from Bifani on the question.

Email this story

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
YAPPY TOGETHER
RED BANK: Look for this cutie pie, named Sacramento, at Yappy Hour on Broadwalk Saturday. He's looking for a new home.
YELLOW RAINCOAT DAY
On a rainy May morning, the only golden sight on Broad Street this morning were the matching raincoats of Eileen and her dog Benny.
STOP. JUST STOP.
RED BANK: For those who don't get the meaning of a stop sign, crossing guard Diane Johnson amplifies the message with some colorful outfits. ...
RECORDS SKIP INTO TOWN
RED BANK: Devotees of vinyl records expected to drop needle at Broad and Mechanic Saturday. Here's why.
Feline fortunes on Monmouth Street
Christopher Russell and feline pal Princess take in some fresh air on a warm May night Thursday in the doorway of Gina’s Psychic Bouti ...
GOING UP?
RED BANK: Public Library will be closed Friday for the start of elevator construction. (Click for more.)
TREEBIRTH
RED BANK: Replacement of nine trees gets underway on South Street, where a wholesale removal angered residents last September. (Click for mo ...
RIVERSIDE FLOW
New Jersey Flow Arts brings together jugglers, poi spinners, hoopers and more weekly in Riverside Gardens Park.
Honeybee swarm carted away
Beekeeper Tanya Ptak of Ptak’s Apiary inspects a swarm of honeybees that chose a flower pot in the courtyard of Red Bank Primary Schoo ...
BELOVED POISONED DOG PHOTO SURFACES
   
THREE ON TOUR
RED BANK: Three borough sites will participate in a weekend of self-guided tours of 52 historic locations in Monmouth County May 4 & 5.
VOLUNTEERS GET INTO THE WEEDS
Toting plastic trash bags, 51 volunteers conducted a walking litter cleanup on Red Bank's West Side Saturday.
“IT’S A PARTY AT WAWA!”
You wish you could vibe like Brian, who lives on the other side of Hubbard’s Bridge. He caught redbankgreen’s attention in Red B ...
POPE OKS ORATORY
RED BANK: St. Anthony of Padua obtains papal approval to establish Oratory of St. Philip Neri, a community of priests and brothers devoted t ...
RED BANK: NEW MURAL BRIGHTENS CORNER
RED BANK: Lunch Break founder Norma Todd is depicted in a mural painted this week on the front of the newly renovated social service agency.
TULIPS TOGETHER
Spring tulips taking in the sunset outside the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank Monday evening.
RIVER RANGERS RETURN
River Rangers, a summer canoeing program offered by the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, returns this summer for up to 20 participa ...
DOUBLE DYLAN IN RED BANK
Trucks for a production company filming what one worker said was a Bob Dylan biography have lined Monmouth Street the past two days with cre ...
AFTER THE RAIN
A pear tree branch brought down by a brief overnight storm left a lovely tableau on the sidewalk in front of Red Bank's Riverside Gardens Pa ...
CONE OF UNCERTAINTY
Asked by a redbankgreen reporter why these cones were on top of cars, the owner of the car in the foreground responded: “That’s ...