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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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4jul6:00 pm- 9:00 pmIndependence Day CelebrationJoin The City of East Orange for our Annual Independence Day Celebration
City of East Orange to Celebrate Independence Day with Free Concert, Fireworks and Fun

July 1, 2015:  The City of East Orange’s Annual Independence Day Celebration, to be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015, will feature special performances, fireworks and family fun. The event is free and open to the public.  The Independence Day Celebration, hosted by Chicc the Comedian, will feature three amazing live musical performances from East Orange’s […]

East Orange Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Mayor’s Luncheon

June 19, 2015: The East Orange Chamber of Commerce (EOCC) invites the business community and the general public to attend its Annual Mayor’s Networking Luncheon. Mayor Lester E. Taylor, III will address the business community, and share his vision for the City of East Orange. Business owners are invited to bring their business cards and network […]

Two Cicely L. Tyson Students Receive 2015 Governor’s Award in Arts Education

June 10, 2015: High School Senior Jonathan Jett and Junior Nia Pierce, students at the Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing & Fine Arts, were recently honored during the 2015 Governor’s Awards for Arts Education, sponsored by The NJ Art Education Partnership, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and The State of New Jersey, […]

City to Host First East Orange MACFest! A Celebration of Music + Art + Culture on June 13th!

June 7, 2015: The City of East Orange and The Arts Council of East Orange will present the First East Orange MACFest (Celebration of Music + Arts + Culture) on Saturday, June 13, 2015 between 1pm-6pm. The event is free and open to the public. The festival, which will be held at 44 City Hall Plaza, […]

City of East Orange Participates in First National Gun Violence Awareness Day

June 2, 2015: Today, the City of East Orange joins over 1,000 cities across the nation and hundreds of activists and coalitions in recognizing the first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day by wearing orange. The “Wear Orange” campaign (www.wearorange.org) was inspired by a group of Chicago teens that asked classmates to commemorate the life […]

City of East Orange to Host 2nd Annual Caribbean Economic Summit

June 1, 2015: The City of East Orange, in partnership with local Caribbean Diaspora Leaders, will host the Second Annual East Orange Caribbean Economic Forum in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, one of many events highlighting the city’s unique Caribbean culture in June. On Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the East Orange Senior Center, 90 […]

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