Essex County Commissioner
November 17, 2020
Freeholders Tyshammie L. Cooper and Wayne L. Richardson Hold Virtual Workshop on Essex County Vendor Selection Process
Freeholder President Gill echoed the sentiments of his colleagues. “The services provided by Essex County cannot be executed without reliable and trustworthy vendors. Many of our vendors come from Essex County, and it is always our intention to provide local businesses with opportunities to attain the contracts the Board approves. This workshop served the purpose of providing specific details, in a clear and concise format, to help local business owners and operators feel comfortable applying for county contracts.”
November 10, 2020
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. Announces $9 Million Essex County Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Program
“This program will help businesses keep their doors open, it will allow landlords to continue to pay property taxes on the buildings where they are based, and it will allow area residents to continue patronizing businesses that are part of the fabric of their communities,” Freeholder President Brendan Gill said. “I thank our County Executive, and our county leadership as a whole, for this program and the relief it will provide,” he added.
November 09, 2020
Commission President Brendan Gill Attends “The Young Black Fathers” Community Fish Fry
Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jonathan Ponds, and Essex County Commissioner President Brendan Gill attended the Halloween event, and each spoke to residents during a question and answer session.
“It’s not surprising that citizens across the state support this common-sense program. TCI is an unique opportunity to wean our way off of fossil fuels while growing jobs. Making our cities better places to live and work will create more vibrant healthier local economies and inclusive communities,” said Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill, Co-Chair of the Elected Officials to Protect America/New Jersey.
November 07, 2020
Essex County Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill issues statement on the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
"Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
In the most pivotal election of our lifetime, the American people reaffirmed the demand that our President carry himself with civility, while promoting unity among our citizens - as opposed to sowing seeds of division through fear.
I look forward to supporting and working with our future President and Vice President as they lead us through the challenges of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, bolstering our economy, engaging in environmental responsibility, and embracing the fight for equality and social justice."
November 04, 2020
Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill and the Essex County Freeholder Board Approve Additional Funding to Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation Through Cares Act
Freeholder President Gill stated, "The Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation has done a tremendous job of providing our residents and communities with needed services.” He continued, “They have been a fixture of the Montclair community before the pandemic, during the pandemic, and the additional funds allocated will be crucial in ensuring they remain impactful through the pandemic and in years to come.”
October 27, 2020
Freeholder President Brendan Gill Thanks Essex County Poll Workers
"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!"
January 01, 2020
Statement from Essex County Commissioner President on the passing of Steve Adubato. Sr.
"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.
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.
October 07, 2020
Commission President Brendan Gill Requests Aid for Ailing Local Transport Services
“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,”
September 18, 2020
Essex County Commissioner President Brendan Gill Honors Passing of Richard M. Torraca II
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."
September 03, 2020
Commission President Brendan W. Gill and Essex County Board Of Elections Organize Recruitment Drive for Poll Workers
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."
July 30, 2020
Bloomfield Among Announced COVID Testing Sites in Essex County
"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.
July 19, 2020
Freeholder Board Approves President Brendan W. Gill Request For An Increase in Legal Services Grant to Undocumented Immigrants
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.”
July 07, 2020
Essex Freeholder Incumbents Sail Through Primary
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.
June 25, 2020
Essex County Freeholders Advocate for Juneteenth as a National Holiday
The Board of Chosen Freeholders are slated to pass a resolution advocating the commemoration of Juneteenth as a National holiday at their Conference Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 9. Co-sponsored by District 2 Freeholder Vice President Wayne L. Richardson and Freeholder At-Large President Brendan W. Gill, the Board joins lawmakers nationally who have all announced plans for legislation to observe Juneteenth as a holiday.
June 14, 2020
Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill and the Essex County Freeholder Board Pass Resolution Demanding the Release of All Detainees Held Solely Due to Their Immigration Status
On June 10, 2020, Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill and the Essex County Freeholder Board approved a resolution demanding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) promptly grant the release of all detainees currently incarcerated due solely to their immigration status.
June 08, 2020
Essex County joins with Lyft for Pilot Program to Deliver Food to Homebound Seniors
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Vice President Wayne Richardson announced a partnership with Lyft to assist the County in delivering emergency food boxes to homebound and vulnerable senior citizens.
April 01, 2020
Essex Freeholder President Brendan Gill Letter on COVID-19 Pandemic
"Greetings fellow residents of Essex County. When addressing the Essex County community at large, I usually do so as President of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. On this occasion, under these unprecedented circumstances, I am expressing my thoughts as a father, a son, a husband, and concerned neighbor who loves his community."
March 10, 2020
Brendan Gill raises $50k at Essex fundraiser
Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill raised more than $50,000 for his re-election campaign last night, the New Jersey Globe has learned. Gill, a top advisor to Gov. Phil Murphy, is seeking re-election to his fourth term on the Board of Freeholders.
January 15, 2020
Freeholder Gill Talks Guns, Gun Control at Union Baptist Church of Montclair
Essex County Freeholder at-Large and Board of Freeholders President Brendan Gill met with members of the Union Baptist Church on Midland Avenue in Montclair and other members of the community to discuss the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in the country. The February 13 community meeting was part of the Break the Hate series of conversations hosted by the Rev. Campbell Singleton, pastor of the Union Baptist Church.
August 12, 2019
Brendan Gill Honored As 2019 Freeholder Of The Year By NJ Conference Of Mayors
Lifelong Montclair resident, and current Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders President Brendan Gill, accepted the award of 2019 Freeholder of the Year from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors (NJCM) during a special presentation held at Livingston Town Hall on Wednesday July 25, 2019. The award was presented by the Chair of the NJCM Legislative Committee, and mayor of Hope Township, the Honorable Timothy J. McDonough.
September 19, 2017
Montclair Grass Roots Recognized by Essex Freeholders for 50 Years of Service
MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Grass Roots was recognized for 50 years of service to the community by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday. Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill gave a commendation honoring Montclair Grass Roots summer program in celebration of their 50 Years of service.
August 23, 2017
Gill Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Reaction to Charlottesville Passes Freeholder Board
MONTCLAIR, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that a resolution he introduced condemning President Trump’s reaction to the deadly protests in Charlottesville, VA was unanimously passed at this evening’s meeting if the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
August 16, 2017
Freeholder Gill Stands in Strong Support of Fight Against Climate Change
MONTCLAIR, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that a resolution he introduced asserting Essex County’s commitment to combating climate change and support of the Paris Climate Accord unanimously passed the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders at their most recent meeting.
April 05, 2017
Freeholder Gill Files Petitions for Reelection Bid
MONTCLAIR, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill filed petition signatures in seeking reelection. Currently serving as Freeholder At Large, he represents the Twenty-two municipalities throughout the County of Essex. With strong grassroots support, he filed more than 300 signatures with Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin.
May 14, 2015
Essex County Freeholders Re-elect Brendan Gill Vice President for 2017
Freeholder Gill participated in the official ceremony naming Montclair Township the SunSmartest Town in America. A community celebration followed with a cocktail reception, silent auction and fashion show held at the Montclair Art Museum.
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