I have been fortunate enough to meet many of you in the 10th ward, However, to all of you I wish to tell you a little more about myself. I have resided in Linden for my entire life, my parents the late Douglas Brook, a Linden police officer and the late Susan Brook a homemaker, raised my two brothers and sister on Dewitt Street. Twenty-one years ago I married Joseph Hickey from Roselle, and we are blessed to be the proud parents of two sons, Joey a college freshman and Patrick a McManus Middle School student and reside on Inwood Road. I have been so fortunate through the past years to have my family’s support and encouragement which provided me with the opportunity to participate in both civic and school activities in our community over many years.
Participation in our community has provided me with an insight to the strengths and needs of our city. I presently serve as a Trustee on the Linden Housing Authority and chairwoman of their annual Casino Night which raises funds for our senior and disabled residents. I have also served as secretary and trustee on the Linden Economic Development Committee. In 2013 Mayor Gerbounka nominated me as President of the Linden Cultural & Heritage Committee. I reinvigorated the “September to Remember Festival” and under my guidance the event has become bigger and better than ever providing a great event for our citizens as well as showcasing the many businesses that call Linden home to thousands of people from our entire area to help stimulate business in our town.
I am so proud to represent you the citizens of the 10th ward in our city knowing we share the same quality of life concerns for our city and ward. I am extremely humbled by the outpouring of support from residents as I worked hard to secure a seat on council. I will represent our ward and city with a loud voice that will be influential in achieving the needs that our residents, employees, & city deserve and will do my best to make our city more affordable and a better place to live and do business.
Presently, I am Chairwoman of the Revenue Enhancement Committee, Chairwoman of Employee Negotiations, Finance Committee, Law Committee, Liaison to the Office of Emergency Management, Linden Board of Education, & The Linden Economic Development Corporation. I look forward to making a difference in our ward and community for a better Linden!!!
Please contact me with any issues or concerns in our ward.
Gretchen M. Hickey