OCEANPORT: Following the resignation of borough councilman Stuart Briskey in mid-March, the governing body was left with a hole.
That hole has now been plugged by Robert Proto, who nominated by Councilman Joseph Irace to take Briskey's spot April 6 Oceanport Council meeting. Irace and council members Richard Gallo and Stephen Solan voted in favor of his appointment while Patricia Cooper and Ellynn Kahle did not.
Proto was one of three names submitted by the local Republican club to replace Briskey; the others were Roseanne Letson and former councilman Christopher Palgia.
Proto is formerly a trader on the American and New York Stock Exchanges and has spent over 20 years in the financial services industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from New York University He has served as a member of the Borough Council and Planning Board for Upper Saddle River.
Proto moved to Oceanport in 2007 with his wife Isabel and their sons, Robert and Matthew, who are graduates of Shore Regional and are currently attending Drexel University and the University of Delaware, respectively. Proto's wife, Isabel, is a real estate agent with Heritage House Sotheby's, and they both own and manage property in New York City.
He will be sworn in at the next Oceanport Council meeting on April 20.