East Orange: Setting the Standard for Urban Excellence
  • Dear Residents, Business Owners, Friends and Visitors:

    It is my pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the City of East Orange. Our goal is to provide you with a website that is easy to navigate and functions as a valuable gateway to discovering information about city resources and services, recreational and cultural activities, job openings and training opportunities, public safety announcements, business tools and more.

    We are a service-oriented administration that is more open, accessible and responsive to our citizens and stakeholders. Our website and various digital platforms, such as social media, can be powerful tools in fulfilling these goals. We are hard at work looking at ways to enhance these platforms. I welcome and encourage your ideas and suggestions.

    My administration's vision is that East Orange set the standard for urban excellence and become a destination city. We work toward this vision everyday through our mission to enhance the quality of life in East Orange by providing outstanding service to our residents, visitors, community and business partners. I encourage you to browse through our site, use our online resources and join us for one of our many events. As always, we are committed to making East Orange a great place to live, work and play.

    Mayor Lester E. Taylor III

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  • The State of the City 2015

  • Lester E. Taylor, III was sworn into office on January 1, 2014 as the thirteenth mayor of the City of East Orange. At the age of 39, he is one of the youngest mayors in the history of the city.

    Mayor Taylor and his wife Bibi are proud residents of the First Ward, where they are raising three children, Amani, Lester IV and Lena.

    Active in the community, Mayor Taylor has served as a Board Member of the East Orange YMCA, the East Orange Historical Society and as a Director of the East Orange Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Taylor often volunteers his time speaking with students on the importance of education and developing leadership skills. Mayor Taylor has been recognized for his professional accomplishments and community service by civic organizations including the State Conference of the NAACP.

    As an attorney, Mayor Taylor has built a statewide reputation helping to rehabilitate communities, cities and schools. A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Mayor Taylor also serves as a Trustee for the New Jersey School Boards Association - Northern Region Association of School Attorneys. In 2010, he was recognized by New Jersey Law Journal as one of the state’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.”

    Mayor Taylor earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Montclair State University and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.

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  • East Orange, New Jersey, nicknamed “The Crossroads of New Jersey,” is conveniently located at the intersection of the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 280, just several miles from Newark Liberty International Airport and less than 30 minutes from New York City. Originally founded as a township in 1863, East Orange became incorporated as a city on Jan. 1, 1909. With approximately 65,000 residents, the four square miles of East Orange are adjacent to the municipalities of Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield and Newark.

    By the close of the 19th century, East Orange was an agriculturally rich area populated by oil tycoons and Newark industrialists. Post World War II, it became a growing destination for the migration of black middle class from the South, as well as southern parts of the state.

    Known for its expansive homes and wide tree-lined streets, East Orange experienced a huge population surge between 1940-1950, paving the way for the addition of luxury high-rise buildings and a boom of commercial businesses along Main Street and Central Avenue. Once called the “Fifth Avenue of New Jersey,” Central Avenue attracted shoppers from around the state. In 1945, East Orange was ranked the 20th best place to live in the country among cities of a similar size and named the “Cleanest City in America” three times before 1970.

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Calendar and Events
News and Updates

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City of East Orange rings in Holiday Season with the return of Caroling at the Plaza, Tree Lighting and Toy Giveaway on Dec. 8

East Orange, NJ, November 27, 2015: The City of East Orange will ring in the Holiday season on Friday, Dec. 4 at 12 noon with the start of Caroling at the Plaza, a three-part series of performances by students of the East Orange School District. The Annual Tree Lighting and Toy Giveaway will be held on Tuesday, […]

NJSPBA Awards Local Officers with High Honors; Police Chief Receives Top Award from Essex County Peers

East Orange, November 26, 2015: The New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association Inc. awarded the bravery and service of two members of East Orange Police Department during their Annual Valor Award Banquet held in Atlantic City on Saturday, November 21, 2015. EOPD Detective Damon Johnson and Sergeant Michael Williams, Jr. were celebrated for their dedication and service […]

East Orange hosts 2015 Police and Fire Promotion and Awards Ceremony; Promotes First Female Fire Captain in City’s History

East Orange, NJ, November 9, 2015: Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, the East Orange City Council, East Orange Police Chief William C. Robinson and East Orange Fire Chief Charles F. Salley are proud to honor the brave men and women of the East Orange Police and Fire Departments during the 2015 East Orange Police and Fire […]

City of East Orange Recognized for Achievements in Addressing Childhood Obesity through Let’s Move!

East Orange, NJ, November 5, 2015: Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) recognized East Orange, NJ for achieving gold medals in all five Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) goal areas, which are based on achievements made to improve access to healthy, affordable food and promote physical activity for children and adults. The […]

Mayor Lester E. Taylor III to Present at 2015 Governor’s Conference on Housing & Economic Development

East Orange, NJ, October 23, 2015: Mayor Lester E. Taylor III will deliver a presentation on “Planning Transit-Oriented Development” during the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Housing & Economic Development, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Taylor will be joined by Moderator Jon Carnegie, Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation […]

City of East Orange to Host Father’s Conference on Oct. 24

East Orange, NJ, October 21, 2015: The City of East Orange, in conjunction with the East Orange City Council, East Orange School District, East Orange Clergy Association, and Omega Psi Phi Eta Pi Chapter, is proud to present the 2nd Father’s Conference, a day of informative workshops and panels to empower fathers and father figures in […]

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