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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"I thank our Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin and his office for their stellar work on this challenging and extremely vital aspect of the election. Many people have already cast their vote early through the vote-by-mail process. Nationally, as of October 23, 2020, more than 51 million people have voted early, already surpassing 2016’s overall early vote total.

I thank everyone who answered the call to work as an Essex County poll worker on Election Day, and I thank all fellow citizens in advance for exercising your civic duty, and encouraging your family, friends and neighbors to do the same. VOTE!"

District 3 Freeholder Tyshammie L. Cooper, Chair of the Essex County Freeholder TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Committee held a meeting to address the issue of feral cats overpopulating communities throughout Essex County. The meeting was held via Zoom telecast and attended by District 1 Freeholder Robert Mercado, Essex County Administrator Robert Jackson, and members of the public. 

“The issue of feral cat over-crowding is not exclusive to Essex County.  Over the past year, we have heard from passionate advocates about this issue. I am happy that Freeholder Cooper and the TNR Committee were able to meet and take feedback from the public on how we can be more efficient in addressing these concerns.” said Freeholder President Brendan Gill.

"The communities of Newark and New Jersey have lost an iconic figure. I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Stephen Adubato, Sr.


Affectionately known as "Big Steve", he spent his life raising awareness on the importance of education through his work as a teacher, and his leadership on the Newark Teachers’ Union and the New Jersey Federation of Teachers. In addition to his advocacy on behalf of teachers and education, he was a unifying political force in Newark after the riots. His founding of the North Ward Center in 1970 serves as a standing legacy of his service and commitment to the Newark community. As the son of a public school teacher, his actions resonated with me and I consider myself fortunate to have received guidance and mentorship from him through the personal relationship we formed through the years.


On behalf of my family, I offer my heartfelt condolences to his wife Fran, his daughters Theresa and Michelle, his son, and my personal friend, Stephen Adubato, Jr., and the entire Adubato family."

The resolution of support was initiated by Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill, sponsored by acclamation and passed unanimously. The primary sponsor of “The People’s Bill”, Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake of the 34th District, was invited by Freeholder President Gill to the recent Essex County Freeholder Conference/Board Meeting to speak to the Board and the viewing public about the benefits of the bill.

“The residents of Montclair, Bloomfield, West Orange and other surrounding communities in Essex County depend on the services of DeCamp. Without reliable commuter and charter transportation service companies, the quality of life for so many of our residents will be severely impacted in a negative fashion,”

Essex County Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill, who served as Lautenberg’s state director and campaign manager, mourned the death of the young former Senate staffer.

“I was shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Rich. We worked together for years in Senator Lautenberg’s office,” said Gill.  “He was a hard worker who took pride in his duties, and his work ethic was surpassed by his character."

Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Clerk of the Essex County Board of Elections Linda Von Nessi have launched a county-wide recruitment drive for college-aged residents of Essex County to work as Poll Workers on Election Day - November 3, 2020.


With the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the health and safety of our most vulnerable citizens being of paramount concern, Freeholder President Gill and Clerk Von Nessi recognized an opportunity for our socially conscious younger generation to contribute to the political process.

"This resolution expresses the board's position that the private for-profit prisons across the state, who do not provide rehabilitative services, should be eliminated," Gill said. "I am pleased the board spoke with one voice in adopting this resolution."

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