Commissioner Alexander Mirabella brings experience in business and public service to the Union County Board of County Commissioners. First elected in 1997, he was re-elected in 2021 to serve his ninth three-year term. He has served as Vice Chairman five times. He was once again sworn in as Chairman for the sixth time for 2021, after serving in that capacity in 2020.
As Chairman in 2021, Mirabella continued to oversee Union County’s response to the pandemic, including the COVID-19 test center at Kean University and free walk-up mobile test sites in local communities. Over 172,000 tests have been administered to date.
Union County distributed more than 10 million meals for families and distributed tens of millions of dollars in Federal CARES funds to the County’s municipalities and to small businesses, schools, libraries, restaurants, nonprofit organizations, and residents in need of child care respite care, child care and rental assistance. Under his Chairmanship, Union County also assisted residents with resource fairs and economic assistance after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida caused heavy flood damage throughout the county.
In meeting these new challenges, Union County also leveraged years of prudent fiscal management to avoid a tax increase and layoffs.
During 2021, Mirabella executed a series of initiatives, entitled “Union County Rising,” which include COVID-19 testing and vaccination announcements, business and economic development programs, parks improvements, and services that reflect the Board of County Commissioners’ values on inclusion and acceptance.
In previous years, Mirabella helped implement the Open Space Trust Fund, sparking significant increases in Union County parkland. He developed the Sensory Friendly Theater program for persons with autism and other sensory sensitivities, assembled the shared services committee, and focused on infrastructure planning, workforce development, and sustainability measures.
Mirabella also oversaw the expansion of the Office of Veterans. He organized the annual Columbus Day Italian flag raising event and was honored by the Italian Tribune with the “Christopher Columbus Man of the Year Award.”
He was instrumental in creating the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the first office of its kind in New Jersey. The office organizes advocacy event and community outreach, among its functions.
An advocate of education, 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).
He was first elected to the Roselle Park Borough Council in 1991 and served until 1996. He graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. with a degree in Economics. He and his wife, Phyllis, have a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Micayla.