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.