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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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."

"Widespread testing is crucial to stopping the spread of the virus, and our Satellite Testing sites will be of significant help in this regard. I thank our County Administration, and our health professionals, for their hard work in implementing this latest COVID-19 testing initiative,” Freeholder President Brendan Gill said.

Last year, through Freeholder President Brendan Gill’s advocacy, Essex County committed to providing $750,000 per year to three legal service organizations for the provision of legal services to the detainees. This year, the grant will increase from $750,000 to $900,000. 

Freeholder President Gill was pleased with the increase in funding, while also acknowledging the need to continue working towards universal legal representation for all undocumented ICE detainees in Essex County. “While we have a contract with ICE in place, there is no question in my mind that we should be spending the money from that contract to make sure we provide universal representation to the detainees who need it.”

Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill and his slate of incumbents easily won renomination over progressive primary challengers Tuesday.

Freeholders Gill, Romaine Graham, Rufus Johnson and Patricia Sebold defeated challengers Sabre Burroughs, Anthony Diaz and Simone Jelks-Bandison.

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