Letter to the residents of Highlands from Mayor Rick O’Neil:

Before I concede the election to Carolyn Broullon, I would first like thank everyone who voted for me, supported me, worked on my campaign and trusted to let me to represent them while serving our borough for the last two decades. Kindly allow me to extend a special thanks to my family for generously allowing me to sacrifice our valuable family time when the needs of the public had to come first. The position of Mayor of Highlands was a role that I both loved and was honored to hold.

I owe much to my recent campaign manager, Brendan O’Gibney.  He is a fine young man and he walked the town with me many nights and weekends during the campaign. I have deep appreciation for my fellow council members.  They would sit down with me at meetings, and we worked hard together for our residents—our common goals were to improve our infrastructure, climate and economy.  Our borough employees have earned my undying gratitude for their devotion to their positions and the extra hours they put in to get the job done.  It has been a pleasure working with the many professionals who have contributed to the progress and improvements to Highlands. 

I am conceding the election to Ms. Broullon and wish her well!  It is my hope and desire to see Highlands flourish and grow under her leadership.  This historic vote should be a lesson to all, your voice does matter! Please continue to work together without animosity and dissension to move Highlands in the right direction—forward! 

It is my intention to stay involved in the borough.  I offer my services to all if I can assist or provide any guidance, history and/or advice.  


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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...