Issues

 

 

Transportation and Infrastructure

Sound and accessible infrastructure is essential for the sustainable development of communities, flow of commercial activity, and the safety of road users everywhere. Having worked at the New Jersey Department of Transportation and for the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, much of my experience in public service has focused on road safety and transportation policy.

As a member of the county freeholder board, I proposed and voted to pass New Jersey's first county Complete Streets policy. Roadway safety for all users - drivers, pedestrians,  and mass transit users alike - is a key priority for our growing communities. Endorsed by the AARP and supported by the efforts of Rutgers University's School of Planning & Public Policy and Together North Jersey, Complete Streets has allowed communities across New Jersey and the United States become better prepared for safe transit routes in the future.

In his 2013 State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama noted that there are 70,000 structurally deficient bridges nationwide. In Essex County, I've voted to approve over $5 million in bridge rehabilitation funding, including $1 million for the Centre Street Bridge in Nutley. We have also worked to make our county roadway intersections compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act by adjusting our sidewalks, on-ramps, and traffic signals to ensure optimal accessibility and safety for all users.

 

 

Parks, Recreation & Open Space

With the oldest county park system in the nation, Essex is home to 6,000 acres of parkland, reservations, and recreational facilities. I’ve worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation to address some of the concerns of park conservancy groups across the fifth district so that facilities and grounds are properly maintained.

During my first term on the freeholder board, parks in my district, including Anderson Park, Kip’s Castle, Glenfield, and Essex County Brookdale Park have undergone various design and rehabilitative improvements. In years to come, I look forward to working more on initiatives like these, with all of our park conservancy groups, so that we can better promote the protection and diligent use of open space.

As freeholder, I introduced Essex County's idle-free policy, supported by the county Environmental Commission, which codified state laws at the county level, and which reinforce our ban on the unnecessary release of toxins into the air. Whether it's school zones, supermarkets, or playing fields, we all have a stake in keeping our air clean, and I'm proud to say that in Essex County, we are doing just that.

 

 

Transparency in Government


Part of governing successfully includes making government open and accessible to all constituents. During my first year on the freeholder board, I proposed an ordinance that will ensure transparency in Essex County's insurance contracting process. Also, as technology develops, keeping in touch with residents remains a necessity, but one that is now more expedient and streamlined than ever before. Using both conventional and new media, I do my best to keep in contact with constituents from my district by taking phone calls, responding directly to emails and letters, regularly discussing ongoing county business, and maintaining an online directory of key county projects and policies that are ongoing or forthcoming.

 

 

 

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Brendan Gill Freeholder