Essex County News

Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Elects New President and Vice President

0e3b7b4714c35364904e_BG.jpg
(L-R) Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jacqueline Jones, Alixon Collazos, Dan Gill, Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Governor-elect Phil Murphy Credits: Essex County
a223b4e84185468d981a_picture_1.jpg
Brendan W. Gill, Freeholder President and Freeholder At-Large
d82cd0b85793dba88f61_picture_2.jpg
Wayne Richardson Freeholder Vice President from District 2
0e3b7b4714c35364904e_BG.jpg

NEWARK, NJ – During this week’s annual reorganization meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Brendan Gill of Montclair and Wayne Richardson of Newark were was unanimously elected as board president and vice president, respectively.

Gill, who succeeds Freeholder Britnee Timberlake as president, has served as vice president since 2015. He was elected to his first term as District 5 Freeholder in November of 2011 and was elected Freeholder At-Large in 2014.

At Essex County Newark Tech High School on Tuesday, Governor-elect Phil Murphy administered the Oath of Office to Gill, who said it was an “honor and privilege to be sworn in as the president of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.”

Sign Up for E-News

"There has truly never been a more critical moment facing local government officials than the one we face now,” he said. “The challenges facing county and municipal governments are even more daunting given what’s coming out of Washington. While we hear rhetoric that is divisive and drives fear, we know here in Essex County we will continue to unite our residents in common cause and common purpose.”

Gill was nominated by Freeholders Rufus Johnson, Leonard Luciano and Carlos Pomares, who were also sworn in on Tuesday along with Freeholders Lebby Jones, Patricia Sebold, Robert Mercado and Britnee Timberlake.

Gill is a life-long resident of Montclair, attended the Montclair Public Schools and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He has previously served as state director for U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg from 2007 until his passing in 2013 as well as district director for U.S. Congressmen Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman; Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Peter Eagler; and communications director for the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

He also chairs the Democratic Party of Montclair, operates his own public affairs and political consulting firm, and is an active member of the Irish-American community and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

“As the son of a Montclair teacher with a career that spans over 47 years, I have been influenced by my father to serve others,” said Gill, who added that it is his plan to protect the values Essex County serves to uphold—including diversity, safety and economic development—during a time where national legislation has created critical changes in the United States.

As an elected official, Gill shared that serving the people is not an abstract concept, but a realistic task that he takes very seriously. He shared his vision for the board in 2018, including increasing access to jobs, leading the way in creating green and open spaces, and more.

As board president, he also cited his plan to lead a “fiscally prudent government, doing more with less,” while building upon developments made throughout the municipalities in Essex County.

Richardson, nominated as vice president by Freeholders Jones, Sebold and Mercado, was first elected as the District 2 Freeholder in November of 2014 and re-elected in 2017.

He grew up in Newark, graduated from Barringer High School, and served as a District Leader and Assistant Ward Chairperson in Newark’s North Ward in the 1980’s. He has previously worked as a business agent for Laborers Local 108, an organizer for the Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund (LEROF), president of Laborers Local 55, and Lead Organizer in New Jersey, Delaware, New York City and Long Island. In 2010, Richardson was appointed to the Newark Central Planning Board and reappointed and elected chairman in 2014.

During his remarks on Tuesday, Richardson shared a quote from South African anti-apartheid political leader Nelson Mandela.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived,” he quoted. “It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Richardson thanked his colleagues for electing him and expressed his plan to continue to advance the board’s legacy of advocating for positive changes in Essex County.

In addition to a special appearance by Phil Murphy, the board was also joined at the ceremony by Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. and other elected officials from different levels of government levels. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

A Tale of Two Very Different Town Administrator Searches

Both Maplewood and South Orange are looking for new town administrators at the same time, a rare occurrence.

And their approaches couldn’t be any more different.

Maplewood, whose long-time administrator Joseph Manning is retiring May 31, launched its search last month the old-fashioned way: hiring a recruiting firm and letting them do the heavy lifting (or more appropriately the ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Teens Arrested for Theft from Auto

February 20, 2018

February 12 - Theft; A resident from Burroughs Way reported that sometime over the past day, a snow blower was stolen from an open garage.

February 17- Theft from Auto; At approximately 5:15 p.m., two males were observed going through vehicles on Hillcrest Rd.  Officers responded to the area and were able to locate two males fitting the description. The males, 18 year ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrested for Robbery in South Orange

Adult Arrest - Robbery - Shawn Ray Newsome, a 20 year old Newark resident and a 17 year old juvenile were arrested on Saturday, Feb. 3, at approximately 10:45 p.m. for robbery. Two male victims reported that as they were walking on South Orange Ave near the Newark border, they were approached by three actors (described as black males wearing dark clothing and black masks) who ...

Blood Drives in SOMA: Maplewood on Feb. 22 and South Orange on Feb. 26

February 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Due to winter storms and flu disrupting blood donations, the Red Cross is urging donors to donate and help maintain blood supply, according to a press release from the organization.

In January, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, ...

Maplewood Seniors Enjoy a Visit from Alfalfa the Alpaca on Valentine's Day

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If you were at the Maplewood Senior Center on Wednesday - which happened to be Valentine's Day - you would have seen the somewhat unusual sight of an alpaca. Alfalfa the Alpaca to be precise.

 

The visit from Alfalfa was the first in the "creature comfort" series from the Maplewood Recreation Department.

 

Maplewood Recreation Director Melissa ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

St. Andrew & Holy Communion Parish Hall, South Orange

Lenten Friday Fish Fry Dinners

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_982bc8344531b1a37c85_par_440

Fri, February 23, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_af1b89eae735bf536426_par440_promo

Fri, February 23, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_337d02082fcbf48f3beb_mms_presents_r_h_cinderella

Fri, February 23, 7:30 PM

Maplewood Middle School Auditorium, Maplewood

Maplewood Middle School Presents Rogers & ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of West Orange High School (WOHS) students participated in a peaceful walkout Wednesday afternoon in support of their fellow classmates in South Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

“They want to see change [in gun control],” said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, who was present during the impromptu student-organized walkout.

Indictment Handed Down in Millburn Carjacking

TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her. 

The 11-count state grand jury indictment charges Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark with conspiracy, carjacking, robbery and making terroristic threats among other charges. The conspiracy in the first-degree ...

Protesters Gather in Westfield to Demand Gun Control After Parkland Shooting

February 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Protesters gathered outside of Rep. Leonard Lance’s Westfield office Wednesday to rally for gun law reform and to hold a vigil after the recent Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

The Westfield Activist group Westfield 20/20 organizes weekly protests outside of Congressman Lance’s office but, to many, this protest felt different. Attendees included ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 23, 2018

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to ...

Parkland Moms Club Seeks Cards for Teachers and First Responders

In less then 24 hours, the Parkland Moms Club put a card making event together at the park next to the amphitheater which has turned into a massive memorial. Kids from infants to 5th graders helped create cards for teachers, first responders, and hospital workers. Paulina Splechta donated her amazing photography skills and sent us tons and tons of pictures. No matter your age, there is a way ...

Lightbridge Academy in Millburn Hiring Assistant and Lead Teachers

If you are passionate about educating and nurturing young minds, you may fit right in with our family! Lightbridge Academy is currently hiring Assistant and Lead Teachers to join our team and grow with us!

If you would like to learn more about the positions offered, you can reach us at 973-218-1800.