Hudson County Executive
County Executive Thomas A. DeGise took office after winning a
special election in November, 2002, one in which he garnered 77
percent of the vote. On his first day in office, he submitted
legislation to the Board of Freeholders to create the first ever
Ethics Oversight Board for Hudson County government.
In January, 2003, Mr. DeGise made the opening of a "second
front" in the war on sprawl the centerpiece of his first State
of the County Address, calling for Hudson County to finally join
New Jersey's other twenty counties in adopting an Open Space
Trust fund dedicated for the aquistion of new open space,
improvement of parks and increased presevation of historic
He has made job creation a priority, begining with a revival of
the County's Summer Youth Employment Initiative, which ceased
operation under the previous administration. The new initiative
combines public and private efforts to help young people into
work and off the streets. Within the region, County Executive
DeGise serves as the Chairman of the Frieght Committee and a
member of the Project Priorities Committee of the New Jersey
Transportation Planning Authority.
Prior to serving as County Executive, Mr. DeGise was Jersey
City's longest serving Municipal Council President, holding that
office from 1993 to 2001. In those years, he never missed a
meeting, caucus or budget hearing and never abstained on a vote.
Mr. DeGise 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.
A teacher and administrator in the Jersey City Schools since
1975, Mr. DeGise most recently served as a job placement
counselor at Henry Snyder High School. He earned his bachelors
degree in Political Science from St. Peters College in 1973.
Mr. DeGise was born and raised in Jersey City. He still lives in
the same Heights neighborhood where he was born with his wife
Helene, and their two daughters, Linda and Amy.
Hudson County Executive
Under the state charter, the County
Executive is the chief executive officer of the county
government, appointing the department heads and overseeing the
activities of all departments and divisions. The County
Executive form of government in Hudson began in 1976. Five of
the 21 counties in New Jersey have County Executives, with
others in Essex, Bergen, Mercer and Atlantic. The term of
office is four years, with the current term expiring December