Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise took office after winning a special election in November 2002. He joined the NJTPA Board of Trustees that year and its Executive Committee in 2006. He served as NJTPA Chair in 2014-2015. He also represented Jersey City on the Board during much of his tenure as the City Council president.
County Executive DeGise—a lifelong Jersey City resident—previously was Jersey City’s longest serving City Council president, holding that office from 1993 to 2001. He was a teacher and administrator in the Jersey City school system since 1975 and entered public life as a community leader during the 1980s, founding a school neighborhood association and eventually chairing the Heights Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, a group dedicated to improving quality of life in the city’s Heights section.