Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella brings experience in business and public service to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. First elected in 1997, he is serving his eighth three-year term. He has served as Chairman four times and this is his 5th time as Vice Chairman.
As Chairman, Mirabella helped implement the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, sparking significant increases in Union County parkland. He developed the Sensory Friendly Theater program for persons with autism and other sensory sensitivities, organized Freeholder meetings in local communities, assembled a shared services committee, and focused on infrastructure planning, workforce development, and sustainability measures that helped to leverage millions of dollars in job-creating federal stimulus.
Mirabella also oversaw the expansion of the Office of Veterans Affairs along with other efforts in support of active duty service members. He organized the annual Columbus Day Italian flag raising event. In 2016 he was honored 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 Services, the first office of its kind in New Jersey. During its first year in 2018, the Office organized outreach and advocacy events addressing housing, senior services, education, health, public safety, community engagement and other areas of concern.
A staunch 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).
As Chairman in 2012, Mirabella launched the Union County Means Business Initiative to provide the local business community with a direct connection to beneficial resources and programs.
Freeholder Mirabella has served on the Veterans Affairs Committee, Fire Services Advisory Board, and Union County Vocational-Technical School Board of Education. He has been honored by Prevention Links for his work in substance abuse prevention, by the Union County Library Directors for his advocacy on behalf of libraries, by Community Access Unlimited for his efforts on behalf of the disabled, and by the Raritan Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross for 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. with a degree in Economics. He and his wife, Phyllis, have a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Micayla.