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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September 19, 2017

Montclair Grass Roots Recognized by Essex Freeholders for 50 Years of Service

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Grass Roots was recognized for 50 years of service to the community by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday. Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill gave a commendation honoring Montclair Grass Roots summer program in celebration of their 50 Years of service.

August 23, 2017

Gill Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Reaction to Charlottesville Passes Freeholder Board

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that a resolution he introduced condemning President Trump’s reaction to the deadly protests in Charlottesville, VA was unanimously passed at this evening’s meeting if the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

August 16, 2017

Freeholder Gill Stands in Strong Support of Fight Against Climate Change

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that a resolution he introduced asserting Essex County’s commitment to combating climate change and support of the Paris Climate Accord unanimously passed the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders at their most recent meeting.

April 05, 2017

Freeholder Gill Files Petitions for Reelection Bid

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill filed petition signatures in seeking reelection.  Currently serving  as Freeholder At Large, he represents the Twenty-two municipalities throughout the County of Essex.  With strong grassroots support, he filed more than 300 signatures with Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin. 

May 14, 2015

Essex County Freeholders Re-elect Brendan Gill Vice President for 2017

Freeholder Gill participated in the official ceremony naming Montclair Township the SunSmartest Town in America. A community celebration followed with a cocktail reception, silent auction and fashion show held at the Montclair Art Museum.

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