Montclair Receives $55k for Alcohol, Drug Awareness Programs

Montclair has been awarded $55,100 for drug and alcohol awareness initiatives, Essex County District 5 Freeholder Brendan Gill has announced.

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May 15, 2013 Freeholder Conference Meeting

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May 7 Freeholder Board Meeting

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May 1, 2013 Freeholder Conference Meeting

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April 24, 2013 Freeholder Board Meeting

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Rising Star: Brendan Gill

Gill, 38, has worked in a lot of places for many prominent Democrats across the state. He is currently an Essex County freeholder and the state director for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

 

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Glen Ridge editorial: Safe Crossings in Glen Ridge

Last week, the Voice spent some time talking (and traffic-watching) with resident George Musser, who is participating in the Complete Streets talks. He’s spending time in some of the most traveled intersections around the borough, including Ridgewood and Bloomfield avenues. Anyone who spends just a few minutes at this intersection, particularly during rush hours, can easily see its multiple uses – commuters walking to and from the train station, families dropping off their kids at school, or residents taking their daily jog or stroll. According to Essex County Fifth-District Freeholder Brendan Gill, the county has made strides in its roads, under the "Complete Streets" policy. In Glen Ridge, that includes ADA improvements for wheelchair ramps, painting road markings and looking at the timing of the crossing signal at Ridgewood and Bloomfield avenues.

Kudos to Gill for introducing the Complete Streets policy, and putting a focus onto the Ridgewood-Bloomfield intersection. We all probably know how busy – and at times, hair-raising - that corridor of Bloomfield Avenue is. In an accident early last month, a pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the intersection around 6:30 p.m. one evening. She was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

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Brendan Gill Sponsors NJPIRG Resolution to Limit Corporate and Individual Spending in our Elections

Wednesday evening the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a resolution calling on Congress to stop the unprecedented flow of special interest money into elections. The Freeholders urged Congress to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens Unitedruling, which allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections. The resolution was introduced by Freeholder Brendan W. Gill (District 5) and championed by NJPIRG and the New Jersey for the Overturn of Citizens United coalition. The motion passed unanimously. Click here to read NJPIRG's press release regarding the Essex County Resolution.

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Supporting Stable Property Taxes in Nutley

As Nutley braces for the departure of Swiss pharmaceutical giant F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd., elected officials at the state and local level are stepping up their efforts to dampen a potential blow to the municipal tax base.

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Buono Rallies with Essex County Dems

Buono is an underdog against Christie, who has enjoyed record popularity levels since Hurricane Sandy. The most recent poll, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, shows Christie leading Buono 58 percent to 22 percent. But Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill, who emceed the event, compared Buono’s underdog status to President Obama’s early in the 2008 presidential campaign.

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