Note From Brendan

As a life long Essex County resident who was born in Belleville at the Clara Maass Medical Center, raised in Montclair attending their Public Schools, and graduated from Seton Hall in South Orange, I am both proud and privileged with the honor of serving as the at large Essex County Commissioner. 


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.


In 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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As we move forward under the leadership of our new President Joe Biden, I feel a palpable sense of optimism with respect to the direction of our country. While leading a nation has challenges on a larger scale than leading a county, I feel the same sense of optimism for Essex County as our legislative body - the Board of County Commissioners - transitions to the leadership of our newly sworn-in President - Wayne L. Richardson. I am excited for the future of Essex County, and extremely humbled and honored to have contributed to the many outstanding accomplishments of the Board during my time as President over the last three years.

“In the most pivotal election of our lifetime, the American people reaffirmed the demand that our President carry himself with civility, while promoting unity among our citizens - as opposed to sowing seeds of division through fear.


I look forward to supporting and working with our future President and Vice President as they lead us through the challenges of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, bolstering our economy, engaging in environmental responsibility, and embracing the fight for equality and social justice."

“There have been differences of opinion on some of the substantial policy issues that the governor put forward. But what I’ve seen is the natural progression over the first two years and now deep into the third year of an administration where they have started to find areas of mutual concern and be able to work more closely together,” Gill said. “I think it’s a natural progression for an administration to make after having the ability to kind of get planted, so to speak.”

Freeholder President Gill echoed the sentiments of his colleagues. “The services provided by Essex County cannot be executed without reliable and trustworthy vendors. Many of our vendors come from Essex County, and it is always our intention to provide local businesses with opportunities to attain the contracts the Board approves. This workshop served the purpose of providing specific details, in a clear and concise format, to help local business owners and operators feel comfortable applying for county contracts.”

“​As we move forward into 2021, I wish good health and prosperity to all, and I will do all I can to serve the public while working towards a brighter future for Essex County.


Thank you for your continued support.“

Essex County Commission President Brendan Gill has been named to the Insider NJ 2020 Elected Officials Power List, with special note being given to his role as Governor Murphy's "Eyes and Ears" in Essex County. 

“Small businesses in Essex County have certainly been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. As leaders in government, we must do our part to help them through these unprecedented times. This program will help businesses keep their doors open, it will allow landlords to continue to pay property taxes on the buildings where they are based, and it will allow area residents to continue patronizing businesses that are part of the fabric of their communities,” Freeholder President Brendan Gill said. “I thank our County Executive, and our county leadership as a whole, for this program and the relief it will provide,” he added.

Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jonathan Ponds, and Essex County Commissioner President Brendan Gill attended the Halloween event, and each spoke to residents during a question and answer session.

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