Venezia is Sworn in as Bloomfield Mayor

Democrat and township councilman Michael Venezia was sworn in as the 20th mayor of Bloomfield at the Township Council’s reorganization meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the Van Fossen Theater on the Bloomfield College campus. Also taking the oath of office was Wartyna Davis, Joseph Lopez and Carlos Pomares, who all won at-large council seats on the Venezia slate in November.
The new mayor pledged to summon the courage of the residents, to raise their hopes and their confidence.

Freeholder Brendan Gill, who swore in Pomares, recalled when he and Venezia were colleagues in the office of Frank Lautenberg, the late United States senator from New Jersey. Addressing Pomares, Gill said the new councilman was a professor of history. “To know where you’re going is to know where you’ve been,” he said, adding that Pomares was a person with that kind of knowledge.


New Era as Bloomfield Mayor and Council Members are Sworn In

New Mayor Michael Venezia began his term with a resounding call for change after he and three new council representatives were sworn in at Bloomfield College’s Westminster Arts Center yesterday afternoon.

Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin swore in new Councilman Joe Lopez, and State Senator Ronald Rice conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Wartyna Davis. Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill swore in Carlos Pomares, and Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo conducted the inauguration of Mayor Venezia. The three new council members spoke briefly before Mayor Venezia’s address.


NJTV Political Roundtable with Michael Aron

Republican Strategist Steven Some and Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill discuss the week in politics with NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron.


Freeholder Brendan Gill Congratulates Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman LeRoy Jones

"This morning I was proud to speak in support of my friend - our new Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman - LeRoy Jones. I can't think of a better leader to assume this position within the Democratic Party, and I'm looking forward to working with LeRoy to keep the Essex County Democratic Party strong."




Christie Reelected, Buono Carries Montclair

Had New Jersey voted just as Montclair voted, state Sen. Barbara Buono would have been New Jersey's next governor, Montclair Democratic Committee Chairman Brendan Gill told his fellow committee members in the back room of Just Jake's Tuesday evening.




Glen Ridge, Essex County officials Mark end of Ridgewood Ave. Repaving

The overhaul of Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge saw its formal completion on Wednesday morning, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. Several Glen Ridge town officials, including Mayor Peter Hughes, Borough Administrator Michael Rohal and three members of the council, were present for the ceremony. Also in attendance were Fifth District Freeholder Brendan Gill, members of the county public works department, and employees of road work contractor Smith-Sondy.




Essex County Dems Mourn Passing of Phil Thigpen

Phil Thigpen, longtime Essex County Democratic chairman died yesterday at 87. Thigpen served as an East Orange councilman, an Essex County freeholder and, since 2010, as the county’s elected register of deeds. According to the Star Ledger, Thigpen, in 2012, cast New Jersey’s 14 electoral votes for President Obama as president of the state’s Electoral College.


Essex County Democratic Chairman Phil Thigpen

Phil Thigpen, chairman of the Essex County Democratic Party, has died. A veteran leader of the party who had the respect of different factions in an often divided Essex, and in all corners of an extremely diverse county, Mr. Thigpen was 87. 

Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill said Mr. Thigpen was sometimes undervalued among volatile personalities because he refused to lose his cool. "He was a dear, dear friend," Gill said. "He gave me my start in public life. I would not have the opportunity to serve without his support. It is a huge, huge loss. He was not only a gentleman but he was a true leader."




Statement on the Passing of Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Phil Thigpen


Brendan Gill Accepts NJ Dept. of Transportation Award for 'Complete Streets' Initiative

On Monday, October 21, Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill accepted an award from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, which recognized the 5 counties and 66 municipalities statewide that have adopted and begun to implement Complete Streets policies.



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