Category: Local Government

Episode 57: Jimmy Bruno & Kiki Tomek, Asbury Park’s most nonchalant gay-rights heroes

This week, as we observe Pride Month here in June, Amy & Joe talk with longtime Asbury Park luminaries with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Our guests are former Asbury Park city clerk Kiki Tomek and Jimmy Bruno– former Deputy Mayor of Asbury Park, former Board of Education President and Vice President, longtime Little League president and coach, and retired Asbury Park Firefighter. The duo became unlikely icons of LGBTQ history when they licensed and performed the first (and at the time still illegal) gay marriage in the state of New Jersey on March 8, 2004 and expedited the state’s march to marriage equality.

Episode 56: Tee Gates, Asbury Park’s first Black woman Fire Marshal

This week Amy and Joe, with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, welcome Tee Gates, the first Black Woman to serve as Fire Marshall for the city of Asbury Park—which is apparently a family tradition. She also is the daughter of the first Black Female Police Officer to serve in Asbury Park. We talk to Tee about her 32 years in and around the Asbury Park Firehouse and find out what responsibilities the Fire Marshall has. Other important take-aways include, remembering to keep your propane tanks outside, never to chain your fire doors and that, inexplicably, there is no women’s restroom in the Asbury Park Firehouse.

Episode 43: Christine Hanlon

This week Amy and Joe caught up with Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. They ask her the important questions like: “What does the office of county clerk do?” They also discussed how hard it was to manage an all vote by mail election and if being a district attorney in the Bronx is just like it is on Law & Order. There’s also a shout-out to Peaky Blinders along the way.

Episode 41: Mobility

This week Amy and Joe talk street diets, bicycles, and 15 minute cities with Polli Schildge, co-founder of Asbury Park’s Complete Streets Coalition while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. We are also joined by Asbury Park’s transportation maven Deputy City Manager Mike Manzella.

Episode 32: Freeholder Tom Arnone

Amy & Joe talk with Director of the Board of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders Tom Arnone while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Arnone takes time from his busy schedule to tell us about free asymptomatic testing  and a $10 million grant that Monmouth County secured to help small businesses weather the covid crisis. He also talks about what a Freeholder actually does, and a bit about his grandfather’s bar and growing up in and around Asbury Park.

Episode 21: Senator Vin Gopal

Amy & Joe talk with New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Hear Vin discuss covid-19 and how it affects us here in Monmouth County.

Episode 18: Garrett Giberson, Jr.

Amy & Joe sit down with Garrett Giberson, Director of the Office of Emergency Management for Asbury Park and Fire Inspector while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Hear Garrett discuss his upbringing in Asbury Park, Asbury Park’s response to COVID-19, and the weirdest thing he’s seen during a fire inspection.

Asbury Pod 16: Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton

Amy & Joe sit down with Yvonne Clayton, Asbury Park councilwoman. Everything you wanted to know her life, her youth in Asbury Park, her status as “most jacked councilperson”, dragonboat racing, Asbury Park African American Music Project, and more.

Asbury Pod 14: Rudy Corona

Amy & Joe sit down with Rudy Corona, Superintendent/Chief Operator City of Asbury Park’s Water Quality Control Facility (aka the sewer plant on the north end of the boardwalk. Everything you wanted to know about waste treatment, Asbury Park history, & Rudy’s childhood as a member of jazz royalty.

Asbury Pod 12: Hannah Walker

We pretty much covered everything with Hannah on this podcast from Georgetown & TriCity News to dating apps and threesomes.  Hannah managed to dispel every myth about millennials that we had… Have a listen!