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New Mayor Pledges "100 Day Plan" for Brick

John Ducey sworn in as Brick's new mayor. Photo by Brick Township
John Ducey sworn in as Brick's new mayor. Photo by Brick Township

With even an overflow room in town hall to simulcast to crowds that couldn’t fit in council chambers, hundreds came out to applaud a new administration sworn in to Brick.

The all-Democrat mayor and council of Brick received standing ovation for their opening remarks in Brick Township Council’s reorganization meeting, swearing in Mayor John Ducey, and Councilpersons Marianna Pontoriero, Paul Mummolo, and Heather deJong to new terms.

A “100 Day Plan” presented by Ducey will create several committees to address what the new mayor said were essential issues in Brick, and offer up dozens of ideas for the township he’d like to see in place.

“These are the things we need to accomplish in the next 100 days,” Ducey said. “It’s something that will be done.”

The ideas ranged from feedback surveys to shopping discounts in town, touching upon varied elements of government services in Brick, for the resident who needs an issue addressed to the business looking to set up shop in Brick.

He pledged to rescind an executive order that didn’t allow township employees to talk to members of the council. “Why am I doing this? We need communication,” Ducey said, “if we are going to fix the things we are going to fix, accomplish the things we are going to accomplish.”

“So council now has full right to speak to all the township employees,” he said to applause.

“Mayor’s In and Mayor’s Out” is a concept Ducey would like to put in place, where he keeps after 5 p.m. hours in town hall with key administrators so residents can get their issues resolved and discuss their problems more directly, he said. “It would be like a one-stop shop,” he said of the “Mayor’s In” hours.

“Mayor’s Out” would be requests for Ducey to come out to places in the township, to address residents’ concerns. “Whether it be a clubhouse a classroom a meeting place,” he said, “I want you to tell me where you want me to go… I want to be accessible, I want to hear the good things and the bad things.”

He also wants to create reports and e-newsletters to be emailed to interested residents, providing updates on town issues. He’d like to create feedback surveys around town hall so residents who use the building department, for example, for a permit, can provide feedback on how customer service was.

Ducey would like to see more government involvement in the business community, specifically creating an Economic Development Committee that could encourage ratables to come to Brick and support existing businesses. He’d also like to reward residents who shop locally with some sort of discount on their property tax bills. Residents would sign up for the program and so would local businesses to be on the list of approved locations, he explained.

A teen advisory council would be comprised of teenage residents to hear what their concerns are, Ducey said. “They may not be old enough to vote…but they grew up here, will continue to leave here…Young fresh perspectives I think are very important.”

A key issue that needs addressing well beyond the first 100 days in office is rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, Ducey added.

“The impacts of Sandy are still here, still very prevalent,” Ducey said. “Government has failed to help the residents, in some cases government has made things worse.”

A Sandy Mitigation Committee will focus exclusively on these issues, instead of combining them with land use for residents.

“It’s the biggest issue facing our town,” Ducey said.

Similarly, the impacts of Hurricane Sandy continue to be felt on township budgets, and Ducey said coming up with solutions to trim the budget after the storm took away millions in revenue and created millions in expenses will be a big priority.

The mayor said his 100 Day Plan was ambitious, and would likely extend beyond the first 100 days of 2014, but that he’d be publishing the complete plan on the township website in order to be held accountable.

“I have confidence too in all the people of Brick, that we can work together to make Brick the best place it can be,” said the mayor.

“A new Brick starts today for everyone here,” he said, to standing ovation.

Just saying January 02, 2014 at 05:42 AM
This is what bricktown needs !! Before everyone starts hating, let give mayor Ducey the chance he deserves.. Democrat or republican who cares as long as he makes a change for the better . Good luck Mayor Ducey .
Momma T January 02, 2014 at 06:56 AM
Wmy husband and I were in the room yesterday when Mayor Ducey took his Oath for the People of Brick. The mood of the room was so positive! This Mayor will be for the People. He is doing something that hasn't been done in a long time, giving access to the Council and his office. He also will put his plan online so we can ALL hold him accountable for what he says he will do. Let's get it done Mayor Ducey and Council. We are ALL watching.
Joseph Woolston Brick January 02, 2014 at 07:23 AM
I hope that this mayor and council understand that they are our employees and that we the township people are their employers, something the Acropolis regime did not understand. Hopefully they will as if they don't they will follow the Acropolis people right out the front door. We the people told Acropolis on this forum that we were going to get rid of him and he laughed, he didn't even make it to the election and neither did Toth, those that did make it to the election were trounced out the door. I think that the new mayor and council have to understand they got their jobs not because they were democrats or for their ideas, but because they were the only alternative to the inept people we already had employed. I think the three most important things in town right now are, getting the Sandy people's problems fixed, get rid of the red light cams and doing something constructive with Foodtown property. I would especially put a high priority on getting rid of the cams as if they are not gone by the next election, well then we will have to find new people that will....word to the wise!
lisa January 02, 2014 at 07:39 AM
I too did not vote party, i just wanted to get rid of the previous admin. These people had better work for US or they too will follow out the door next election. I am a tad worried about having a dem mayor and entire council...don't really like to see "all" of either party in control..no checks and balance...
Chief Wahoo January 02, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Property taxes, FEMA, foreclosures, Flood insurance, Sandy, traffic, falling down schools and now Heroin.......Mayor, forget 100 days, you have 100 seconds.
Ken January 02, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Same crowd as always just with a different label.
J.JONES January 02, 2014 at 10:00 AM
SMOKE AND MIRRORS HERE WE GO ..ALL THIS SO NO ONE KNOWS THAT THEY ARE TAKING BENIFITS AND SALARY'S TILL IT'S TO LATE...
Momma T January 02, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Hey Wahoo, you seem to forget.... Acropolis and cronies were to blame for some of the mentioned issues. Give the man a chance and don't be an a$$. Leave family out of you stupid comments!
J.JONES January 02, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Hey Wahoo you crossed the line with the family comment not good..Just wait and watch the show and see who takes over positions in town friends and family ..same story different players..thats all..
J.JONES January 02, 2014 at 10:17 AM
He already took care of Lydecker and Fozman ..they voted on everything together ..now they have the power to do what they want ..
Chief Wahoo January 02, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Mayors uses the family as a photo prop and uses the taxpayers to pay for their Cadillac Health Plan , after saying he wouldn't ......and yet I'm out of line .....funny stuff.
Ken January 02, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Having the Mayor and Council all being the same party will be no good for everyone.
Chief Wahoo January 02, 2014 at 10:38 AM
They just were , the same, a few years ago. How did that work out ??? Good for Bellu, but not for you. SCARPELLI. Acrapolis. DUCEY. CORZINE. Christie.BLUE. Red. It doesn't matter !!!!!!!!!! John Wayne is dead , the good guys are not coming to save you. ANARCHO-CAPITALISM
Just saying January 02, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Chief you wouldn't be happy no mater what so shut up a- hole !!
Andy Pat January 02, 2014 at 12:49 PM
The positive vibe and sense of hope was overwhelming at yesterday's Reorg. The dems have been dealt a very good hand by the electorate. If Ducey et al plays the hand well we will all benefit. I sense Ducey will put the interest of Brick above his own self interest. I knew Acropolis was incapable of this from day one and Oh Boy did he prove me right. And I am glad to see that most everyone agrees that a cheap shot at the wife or child of the newly elected mayor is not only in poor taste but says more about the character of the one making the comment than anything else. I do not know her but would bet John's wife has more integrity and good character than in Chief Wahoo's pinky toe. Good luck John!
Kim E January 02, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Mister Mayor remember your promise to get rid of the "Red ticket lights"
J.JONES January 02, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Andy ...DuCEY ALREADY IS TAKING CARE OF HIS FRIENDS LYDECKER AND FOZMAN AND MORE TO COME WAIT AND SEE ..AND FULL BENIFITS AND SALARY WILL BE NEXT WAIT NO DIFFERANCE JUST DIFFERANT FACES ..
Kim E January 02, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Dear Chief Wahoo, You are not happy with anyone. Why don't you run for office, instead of running your mouth. But you are amusing at times.
J.JONES January 02, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Ducey is telling us he will be available whenever and hours after 5 pm ..this will verify him taking full time salary read between the line its a done deal..
YouSuck January 02, 2014 at 02:15 PM
For 6 years the democrats insulted the Steve Acropolis' wife and kids as members of the "Friends and family club". Now they say Ducey's family is off limits. Very typical of the mean spirited radical left in this country. Clinton and Obamas kids are off limits but The Bush girls and Sara Palins kids were hounded and vilified.
YouSuck January 02, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Ducey appointed his wifes fathers old law firm to represent the town. They are also Scarpellis old firm. Friends and family club. How come this firm couldn't see that scarpelli was soliciting bribes? How intelligent are they?
thomas nerney January 02, 2014 at 04:23 PM
PEPOLE WHO TAKE ON THE RESPONIBILTY OF SEVERING THE PEPOLE SHOULD NOT BE LOOKED DOWN ON BECAUSE THEY TAKE HEALTH BENEFITS. THAT GOES FOR DEMS OR REBUBS. IF ANYONE THINKS THE JOB IS A 2 OR 3 HRS A WEEK JOB AND ALL GLORY. THEN STEP UP AND RUN FOR OFFICE THERE ARE PEPOLE WHO ARE DOUBLE DIPPING. THAKING HEALTH BENEFITS IS NOT DOUBLE DIPPING. I HOPE THE TOWN CAN RETURN TO THE TOWN THAT I MOVED TO 35 YEARS AGO TO RASE A FAMILY TOM NERNEY
Andy Pat January 02, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Not saying Ducey is infallible. I will not defend his each and every action. Not saying he won't play some politics. However, I will stand by my statement that Acropolis put his self interests above everything else and believe Ducey is better than that. And I do not believe I am alone in that thought. Just look at recent election results. Acropolis poisoned the R ticket with his BS.
YouSuck January 02, 2014 at 04:53 PM
@Thomas all caps illiterate Nerney.....Why didn't you say the same about Brando? You sure looked down on him when he announced he was running again.
Joseph Woolston Brick January 02, 2014 at 05:33 PM
People will never learn, again your falling into the Dems VS Republicans yet again. When you should be looking at the person instead of the party. This new group although all Democratic, will have to prove themselves to the people of the township, those that perform well, will keep their jobs, those that don't will be replaced. Don't you people know that during a general election you can vote for each person and don't have to vote for the whole party line up? Duh. So keep an eye on everyone, those that perform we keep, those that don't, they're gone. Simple.
bayboat January 02, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Lets see, big ideas from the new mayor include , "create reports and newsletters", form a "teen advisory council" and "feedback surveys!" ....yeeesh....
Sue Resch January 03, 2014 at 06:57 AM
Congratulations Mayor Ducey and Council; I know you will do your best for all the citizens of Brick Township!
Sun Tzu January 03, 2014 at 01:21 PM
You folks are being way to hard on the new Mayor. It's my understanding that he plans to develop a comity just to deal resident complaints. Of course they will be equipped with the latest government drones to ensure you see things their way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU
Renee DeniseG April 13, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Let's get a council going to repair Brick Schools. It is shameful that we have neighboring towns with excellent school systems and we have considerably dropped since 2005. And if we can't fix Brick Schools sufficiently, then we need to implement a tax credit for all of the families who are send their children to private schools!

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