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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Mayor Taylor to Join Senator Elizabeth Warren for Housing Rally in Washington

East Orange, NJ, Sept. 25, 2015: Mayor Lester E. Taylor III will Join Homeowners and Community Activists from Cities Across the Nation to Protest the Selling of Thousands of Fraudulent Mortgages to Wall Street Speculators By Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Seven years after the market crash and the housing bubble implosion, homeowners across the nation […]

City of East Orange Adopts City Budget

East Orange, NJ, Sept. 24, 2015: The East Orange City Council recently approved the city’s budget, which includes a 2.15% increase in the municipal tax levy that Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and city councilmembers agree will right size government and put the city on a path to fiscal stability. “It has always been my […]

EOWC to Hold Special Meeting on September 23

In accordance with the New Jersey Open Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, Public Notice is hereby given that the East Orange Water Commission will hold a Special Meeting at the East Orange Water Commission on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. at 99 South Grove Street, East Orange, N.J. for the purposes of […]

East Orange awarded $1.5 million federal COPS grant

East Orange, NJ, Sept. 22, 2015: The City of East Orange is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $1.5 million federal COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grant to hire 12 additional School Resource Officers (SROs). It was one of four grants awarded in New Jersey to be selected; the others were the Essex […]

Annual Fire Hydrant Testing Begins September 21

East Orange, NJ, Sept. 8, 2015: The East Orange Fire Department, in cooperation with the East Orange Water Department, will begin annual fire hydrant testing on Monday, September 21. East Orange firefighters will test each of East Orange’s roughly 1,200 fire hydrants to ensure that they work properly. The testing will be done between the […]

City of East Orange to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony For New 7-Eleven® Store

East Orange, NJ, Sept. 8, 2015: The City of East Orange is proud to announce the start of construction on a new 7-Eleven® store, the first franchise of its kind in the city. The city will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Sept. 14, at 12:30pm to welcome the store to its prime location at the […]

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