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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Mayor Taylor to make presentation on EOWC during U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Water Council

East Orange, NJ, June 22, 2016: Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, along with Jonathan Carpenter, Director of Business Development, Veolia North America, will be delivering a presentation “Leveraging P3 to Transform the East Orange Water Commission” during the 84th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council Meeting on Friday, June 24, 2016 […]

East Orange City Council adopts 2016 budget with 1.46% tax levy increase

East Orange, NJ, June 10, 2016: The East Orange City Council approved the city’s budget during its regular meeting held on Monday, June 6, 2015. The budget includes a 1.46% tax levy increase that Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and city councilmembers agree will aid in the putting the city on a path to fiscal […]

East Orange Schools Receive 5 Awards at 13th Annual NJ Clean Kids Communities Awards

East Orange, NJ, May 31, 2016: Five East Orange schools and Maria Johnson, East Orange School District Environmental Education Liaison, received NJ Clean Kids Clean Communities Awards during the Down Beach to Atlantic City 13th Annual Clean Communities Conference, which was held May 25-27, 2016. Participants from across the state were acknowledged for their efforts […]

City of East Orange Representatives To Meet Key Retail Real Estate Leaders at Annual ICSC RECon Event

LAS VEGAS, May 19, 2016 – In an effort to promote additional economic development, enhance the local tax base, and create new jobs, City of East Orange representatives — led by Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and Second Ward Councilman Romal Bullock, Chair of the Redevelopment Committee — will travel to Las Vegas to attend […]

R&B Songtress Vivian Green to Headline 2nd Annual EO MACFest

Two Stages of Performances, Over 50 Vendors East Orange, NJ, May 11, 2016: The City of East Orange is hosting its 2nd Annual East Orange MACFest (Music + Arts + Culture) on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 12pm-8pm at 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, NJ. The event, which is free and open to the […]

Two Dozen City-Owned Properties To Sell Starting at $30K-$60K in Public Auctions

East Orange, NJ, May 10, 2016: The City of East Orange will host two public auctions to sell off two dozen city-owned properties on Friday, May 20 and Friday, May 27, 2016. The auctions will take place at 11am in City Council Chambers at 44 City Hall Plaza in East Orange. Bidders must be on […]