Note From Brendan

As a long life Essex County resident who was born in Belleville at Claire Mass Hospital, raised in Montclair attending their Public Schools and then graduating from Seton Hall in South Orange, I am both proud and privileged with the honor of serving as the at Large Essex County Freeholder. 


Essex County has a long and rich history dating to 1682 when the county was officially established by the East Jersey Legislature as of the four original counties of present-day New Jersey.on


Essex County forward thinking is also a tradition, in 1895, Essex County became the first County in the United States to create a Countywide park system. That year, the Governor of New Jersey signed legislation creating the Essex County Parks Commission and the first 60 acres of land acquired from the City of Newark as the beginning of Branch Brook Park. The Parks Commissioners had the foresight to retain Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of New York’s Central Park, to design 20 of Essex County’s 25 parks and reservations. Those first 60 acres have grown into 5,745 acres of green space which include vast reservations, developed parks, golf courses, tennis courts, ice and roller skating complexes and a zoo.

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July 07, 2020

Essex Freeholder Incumbents Sail Through Primary

Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill and his slate of incumbents easily won renomination over progressive primary challengers Tuesday.

Freeholders Gill, Romaine Graham, Rufus Johnson and Patricia Sebold defeated challengers Sabre Burroughs, Anthony Diaz and Simone Jelks-Bandison.

June 25, 2020

Essex County Freeholders Advocate for Juneteenth as a National Holiday

The Board of Chosen Freeholders are slated to pass a resolution advocating the commemoration of Juneteenth as a National holiday at their Conference Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 9. Co-sponsored by District 2 Freeholder Vice President Wayne L. Richardson and Freeholder At-Large President Brendan W. Gill, the Board joins lawmakers nationally who have all announced plans for legislation to observe Juneteenth as a holiday.

June 14, 2020

Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill and the Essex County Freeholder Board Pass Resolution Demanding the Release of All Detainees Held Solely Due to Their Immigration Status

On June 10, 2020, Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill and the Essex County Freeholder Board approved a resolution demanding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) promptly grant the release of all detainees currently incarcerated due solely to their immigration status.

June 08, 2020

Essex County joins with Lyft for Pilot Program to Deliver Food to Homebound Seniors

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Vice President Wayne Richardson announced a partnership with Lyft to assist the County in delivering emergency food boxes to homebound and vulnerable senior citizens. 

April 01, 2020

Essex Freeholder President Brendan Gill Letter on COVID-19 Pandemic

"Greetings fellow residents of Essex County. When addressing the Essex County community at large, I usually do so as President of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. On this occasion, under these unprecedented circumstances, I am expressing my thoughts as a father, a son, a husband, and concerned neighbor who loves his community."

March 10, 2020

Brendan Gill raises $50k at Essex fundraiser

Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill raised more than $50,000 for his re-election campaign last night, the New Jersey Globe has learned. Gill, a top advisor to Gov. Phil Murphy, is seeking re-election to his fourth term on the Board of Freeholders.

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