A resident of Fanwood, Freeholder Alexander Mirabella brings experience in business and public service to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. First elected in 1997, he is serving his seventh three-year term and has served as Chairman four times.
As Chairman, Freeholder Mirabella helped implement the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, sparking some of the largest increases in Union County parkland in generations. He developed the Sensory Friendly Theater program to provide cultural enrichment for persons with autism and other sensory sensitivities, and he oversaw the expansion of the County’s Office of Veterans Affairs, the County’s 9-11 Memorial Committee, and the Board’s efforts in support of County workers called to active military duty.
Freeholder Mirabella’s other initiatives as Chairman include holding mobile Freeholder meetings in communities and assembling a shared services committee to streamline government and cut costs, while focusing on infrastructure planning, workforce development, and sustainability measures that helped to leverage millions of dollars in job-creating federal stimulus.
Freeholder Mirabella also organized the annual Italian-American flag raising event for Columbus Day, and was honored in 2016 by the Italian Tribune with the “Christopher Columbus Man of the Year Award.”
Mirabella was also instrumental in creating the Union County Office of LGBTQ for 2018, which is the first County office of its kind in the state.
A staunch advocate of education, Freeholder Mirabella has been recognized for his support of Union County College and was instrumental in the creation of the Union County Vocational-Technical High Schools (UCVTS).
One highlight of his most recent Chairmanship was the Union County Means Business Initiative, which includes business networking events, an online information hub and newsletter, a new workforce partnership with Union County College, and a special small business loan program through the Union County Economic Development Corporation.
Freeholder Mirabella has served on the Veterans Affairs Committee, Fire Services Advisory Board, and Union County Vocational-Technical School Board of Education. In 2007, Freeholder Mirabella was awarded the prestigious Alan Augustine award from Union County’s Prevention Links in recognition of his work in drug and alcohol prevention. The Union County Library Directors honored Freeholder Mirabella in 2001 for his advocacy on behalf of libraries, including development of grants to upgrade technology at 19 municipal libraries. He has also been honored by Community Access Unlimited for his efforts on behalf of the disabled and by the Raritan Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross (formerly Tri-County Red Cross) for his efforts in 2009 in securing grant money to train disaster volunteers.
Freeholder Mirabella was first elected to the Roselle Park Borough Council in 1991 and served until 1996. He graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. He and his wife, Phyllis, have a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Micayla.