With the oldest county park system in the nation, Essex is home to 6,000 acres of parkland, reservations, and recreational facilities. I’ve worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation to address some of the concerns of park conservancy groups across the fifth district so that facilities and grounds are properly maintained.
During my first term on the freeholder board, parks in my district, including Anderson Park, Kip’s Castle, Glenfield, and Essex County Brookdale Park have undergone various design and rehabilitative improvements. In years to come, I look forward to working more on initiatives like these, with all of our park conservancy groups, so that we can better promote the protection and diligent use of open space.
As freeholder, I introduced Essex County's idle-free policy, supported by the county Environmental Commission, which codified state laws at the county level, and which reinforce our ban on the unnecessary release of toxins into the air. Whether it's school zones, supermarkets, or playing fields, we all have a stake in keeping our air clean, and I'm proud to say that in Essex County, we are doing just that.