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Mayor Dina Long

Borough of Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long took the oath of office on January 1, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy devastated the small New Jersey coastal community during her first year, and she has since worked tirelessly for Sea Bright’s recovery.  In the wake of the storm, Mayor Long helped forge strategic partnerships with government, university and philanthropic institutions to provide resources and programs for Sea Bright, and, almost three years later, revitalization is evident throughout the community. 

For her leadership during Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Long was appointed as a local Advisory Group member on the President's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. She was recognized with a 2013 Telly Award for her efforts with Sea Bright Rising and VH1 to produce “Christmas in Sea Bright”, a televised event with the Grammy-winning band Train. Mayor Long received a Local Government Award at the 2014 Coastal Summit of the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association.  She has been an active speaker and panelist for groups including the Regional Planning Association, Brookdale Community College Women in Learning and Leadership, Rotary Clubs of Long Branch and Red Bank, the Jewish Foundation of Monmouth County Sandy Teen Fellows Program, the Central  Jersey Family Health Consortium, the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, and the NJ Council of Grantmakers. Mayor Long’s story is profiled in Remarkable Women of the Jersey Shore by Karen L. Schnitzpahn, published in March 2015.

Prior to her election as Mayor, she served three consecutive 3-year terms on the Sea Bright Borough Council. During this time, she served as Council President and chaired the Borough’s Public Safety, Finance and Beach Committees.  She spearheaded or sponsored many quality of life and tourism initiatives, negotiated fair contracts and helped the borough receive numerous grants, all while working to keep the tax base stable. As a member of the Borough Council, Mayor Long also created Sea Bright’s first pay-to-play ordinance and worked with the State of New Jersey to improve safety on Highway 36, which also serves as the Borough’s “Main Street.”  Mayor Long, like all of Sea Bright’s elected officials, serves her community on a volunteer basis.

Mayor Long is a native of Monmouth County, New Jersey and works full-time as an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a Master’s Degree from the New School in New York City. She is married to Robert Long and is the proud parent of one child, 12, and one dog.

Mayor Long may be contacted via email at dlong@seabrightnj.org

or followed on Twitter@seabrightmayor .

(Updated 2015)