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."

"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.

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