County of Monmouth
Monmouth County Improvement Authority

Commissioners

Al Rosenthal, Chairman
MCIA Commissioner since 2005

Al Rosenthal came to the Improvement Authority after years as a community activist in Marlboro Township, where he was appointed deputy mayor and served as director of community affairs.

After serving in special forces in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, Mr. Rosenthal started his own photography business, which he built into one of the largest wedding photography studios in the New York Metropolitan area. After selling his photography business, he started and operated real estate and equipment-rental businesses before retiring and moving to Marlboro in the mid-1980s.

He has served many volunteer efforts, including the Jewish War Veterans' Hospital Outreach Program and the Marlboro Township Planning Board. He also helped form Marlboro's Industrial Commission and represents the township as a commissioner on the Western Monmouth Utility Authority. A grandfather of five, Mr. Rosenthal enjoys golf, computing and stock trading.

Richard Gatto, Treasurer
MCIA Commissioner since 2006

Richard Gatto, E.A. joined the Monmouth County Improvement Authority in 2006. He is an experienced accountant specializing in taxation, financial planning, and financial management of condominiums, townhouses, and multi-family dwellings.

Mr. Gatto earned a BA in Public Accounting from Pace University. His business credentials include being a registered Investment Advisor, an enrolled Agent, an accredited Tax Preparer and an accredited Tax Advisor. He is also a member of the National Society of Accountants.

A 25-year resident of Freehold Township, Mr. Gatto currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Freehold Township Planning Board (1998 to present). He is also director of the Freehold Center Partnership.

He has also been active in several Monmouth County organizations including the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts (now the Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore) from 1997-2001 where he served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman for the Executive & Finance Committee. In 2006, he served as the chairman for the Nominating Committee of the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts. Mr. Gatto has been recognized for his dedication and commitment to community involvement and received the 5th annual Cellular One Good Samaritian Award for his service to the community.

James S. Gray
MCIA Commissioner

Jim is serving his third term as an MCIA Commissioner, orginially serving from 1992 to 2002. Jim was the appointed Clerk of the Board of Chosen Freeholders serving until March of 2011.

Jim's background includes 25 years in human resources, management, consulting and administration. He has been employed by various firms in this capacity, as well as his own firm. He was also Director of Administration for the State of New Jersey, Board of Public Utilities from 1996 to 2002.

Jim has always been a volunteer in his community including community theater and also served on Manalapan's governing body as a Committeeman and Mayor.

Jim is an avid golfer and grandfather of one.

Andrew J. Melnick  
MCIA Commissioner 

Mr. Melnick joined the Improvement Authority in 2013. He is a managing partner at Skyview Investment Advisors. 

He has held multiple positions in a variety of firms including, Copal Partners, Somerset Capital Advisors, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Under his leadership, he focused on financial services including investment banking, global investments and provided timely investment recommendations to the hedge fund community.

Mr. Melnick earned a BA in Economics and MBA from Rutgers. He is a chartered financial analyst (C.F.A) and serves as a member on the Board of the Transatlantic Institute and sits on the National Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee.

Mr. Melnick served his country as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Vietnam.

Gregory Buontempo
MCIA Commissioner

Mr. Buontempo joined the Improvement Authority in 2016 as a first term Commissioner. Mr. Buontempo brings over 28 years of national sales, business management and operational experience in his service to the Improvement Authority. 

As branch sales manager, Mr. Buontempo oversees sales, marketing, legal operation and financial activities for National Account customers generating $100+ million in annual revenue. His responsibilities include the management and leadership of high performance sales teams.

He is active in his community, serving as a member of the Holmdel Committee since 2012. In 2015, Mr. Buontempo was elected as Holmdel's Deputy Mayor. Mr. Buontempo has served as a Board of Trustee member for Meridian Hospital System, a head coach for the Central Jersey Hornets - Girls Travel Softball Team and volunteered with the Holmdel Youth Athletic Association.

Mr. Buontempo earned a BS in Marketing from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Rider University. He has served as a guest lecturer at Farleigh Dickinson University, Rider University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute speaking on Competitive Strategy and Competitive Advantage in the telecommunications industry.