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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  • 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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East Orange emerging as national leader for its transformation of the EO Water Commission

Mayor Lester E. Taylor III to speak at upcoming National League of Cities’ City Summit and the American Water Summit  East Orange, NJ, November 18, 2016: With the successful transformation of the East Orange Water Commission, East Orange is emerging as a national model of urban excellence for the turnaround and management of the city’s […]

PSE&G to Upgrade Gas Facilities in East Orange

East Orange, NJ, November 15, 2016: PSE&G is currently working in East Orange to replace aging cast iron gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring the continued safety and reliability of the gas system well into the future. The elevated pressure of the new gas mains will also provide better […]

East Orange to Launch Free After School Meal Program

East Orange, NJ, October 23, 2016: On Wed., Oct. 26, the City of East Orange’s Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs will officially launch its Free After School Meal Program during the Hunger Summit, an event designed to bring together leading community advocates and students for a workshop focused on closing the hunger gap all […]

Mayor Lester E. Taylor III to Participate on Panel “Gentrification: From Urban to Urbane”

East Orange, NJ, Oct 12, 2016: Mayor Lester E. Taylor III will participate during the breakout session “Gentrification: From Urban to Urbane,” a moderated panel discussion held during the second annual NJ Spotlight On Cities, a day-long conference in Newark, NJ to highlight how urban centers are mobilizing for the future. On Friday, October 14th, […]

East Orange Teams Up with LAN Associates for Fire Prevention Kick-Off

East Orange, NJ, October 9, 2016: In support of National Fire Prevention Week, LAN Associates will be giving a kick-off presentation on fire safety and prevention to second graders at Jackson Academy, 106 Prospect Street in East Orange on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 9am. The firm will also be supplying educational fire prevention materials for […]

Annual Fire Hydrant Testing Begins Tues, Oct 11th

East Orange, NJ, October 7, 2016: The East Orange Fire Department, in cooperation with the East Orange Water Department, will begin annual fire hydrant testing on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. East Orange firefighters will test each of East Orange’s roughly 1,200 fire hydrants to ensure that they work properly. The testing will done between the […]