Jersey City, New Jersey , United States
Oct 06, 2019 08:09pm
|Info||Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise took office after winning a special election in November 2002 following a scandal that led to the resignation of his predecessor. |
On his first day in office, he submitted legislation to the Board of Chosen Freeholders to finally create an Ethics Oversight Board for Hudson County government—which was swiftly approved.
In January 2003, the County Executive made parks, historic preservation and open space the centerpiece of his first State of the County Address, calling for Hudson to finally join New Jersey’s other twenty counties in adopting an Open Space Trust.
The Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund has increased the amount of open space in Hudson County’s 12 municipalities by approximately 25 percent.
County Executive DeGise has made workforce development a priority, highlighted by his creation of the innovative Hudson County Summer Youth Employment Partnership (SYEP).This program brings government and business together to provide jobs and job training to hundreds of at-risk youth.
That focus on investing in Hudson’s people can be seen in the DeGise Administration’s strong support for the expansion of Hudson County Community College. The school has constructed a new, $40 million North Hudson Campus directly over a light rail stop in Union City, opened a state-of-the-art Culinary Arts and Conference Center Building to house the nationally accredited program, and cut the ribbon on a new library media center in just the last decade.
The County Executive has overseen an aggressive effort to reduce recidivism through a ground-breaking Community Re-integration Program within the County Correctional Center. This program provides in-patient drug treatment, a one-stop job training center, housing assistance and other life skills and mental health counseling. Participant re-incarceration after one year rates are 70 percent lower than non-participants, helping the Correctional Center lower its total inmate population to their lowest levels in two decades.
Within the Northern New Jersey region, County Executive DeGise has served as the Chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and continues to serve on it’s executive board with a focus on the nexus between infrastructure investment and private sector job growth.
He has been honored by a host of community and civic organizations for his dedication to the environment, anti-homelessness efforts and for supporting the independence of individuals with disabilities.
Mr. DeGise was re-elected to a full, four-year term in November 2015, which will expire on December 31, 2019.
Prior to serving as County Executive, Mr. DeGise was Jersey City’s longest serving Municipal Council President, holding that office from 1993 to 2001.
He entered public life as a community leader during the 1980′s, founding the New #28 School Neighborhood Association and eventually chairing the Heights Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (HCNA), a group dedicated to improving quality of life in city’s Heights Section.
The County Executive served for more than two decades as a Jersey City public schools teacher and administrator. He earned his bachelors degree in Political Science from St. Peters College in 1973.
He has two grown daughters, Linda and Amy. Mr. DeGise and his wife, Caren, live in the Jersey City Heights neighborhood where he grew up.