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A Note From Brendan

As a life long Essex County resident, I was born in Belleville at the Clara Maass Medical Center, grew up in Montclair where I am now raising my own family, and am a graduate of the Montclair Public Schools and Seton Hall University in South Orange. I could not feel more proud or honored to have the privilege of serving Essex County as a Commissioner At-Large. 

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

Essex County is steeped in history and tradition, and one of the traditions I work to uphold every day is our history of forward-thinking.  For example, in 1895, Essex County became the first county in the United States to create a county-wide park system. That year, New Jersey Gov. John Griggs signed legislation creating the Essex County Parks Commission; the first 60 acres of land acquired from the City of Newark was the beginning of Branch Brook Park. The Parks Commission had the foresight to retain Frederick Law Olmsted, the visionary architect 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 land reservations, developed parks, golf courses, tennis courts, skating complexes, and a zoo.

More than a 120 years later, this spirit of visionary thinking continues with the realization of the Essex-Hudson Greenway--a project more than 10 years in the making that will transform an abandoned rail line into a linear park and provide much needed green space and outdoor recreation across one of New Jersey's most urban and densely populated areas.  The Essex-Hudson Greenway is New Jersey's newest state park, and it has been a great honor to have provided the leadership to propel this project forward for more than a decade. 

The Latest

March 02, 2021

I support Governor Murphy’s recent announcement expanding the list of groups eligible to receive vaccinations through the New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccination Program. I believe this expansion is a significant step in the right direction because it includes educators and school staff from pre-k through 12th grade settings, childcare workers, and transportation workers, among others. I support and applaud this decision because it brings us another step closer to protecting one of our most vulnerable groups, our children. Furthermore, it brings us closer to a tangible way of protecting our teachers and our students; while ultimately reaching our goal of safely reopening our schools.​

March 02, 2021

I support Governor Murphy’s recent announcement expanding the list of groups eligible to receive vaccinations through the New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccination Program. I believe this expansion is a significant step in the right direction because it includes educators and school staff from pre-k through 12th grade settings, childcare workers, and transportation workers, among others. I support and applaud this decision because it brings us another step closer to protecting one of our most vulnerable groups, our children. Furthermore, it brings us closer to a tangible way of protecting our teachers and our students; while ultimately reaching our goal of safely reopening our schools.​

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