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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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29aug12:00 pm- 6:00 pmMayor's Annual Labor Day Cookout
East Orange Police Department Starts Traffic Enforcement Initiative Aug 28

EAST ORANGE, NJ, August 28, 2015: In order to increase community safety, the East Orange Police Department will initiate a strict traffic enforcement program to decrease motor vehicle accidents, deter speeding, and prevent distracting driving. Beginning Friday, August 28, 2015, the EOPD will conduct checkpoints and begin strict traffic enforcement efforts throughout the city. This […]

Public Notice – Hearing on 2015 SFY Budget Amendment #2

In accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, Public Notice is hereby given that the East Orange City Council will have a Public Hearing on 2015 SFY Budget Amendment #2 on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM. This Hearing will take place at East Orange City Hall in […]

Public Announcement – Essex County Mosquito Control

Essex County Mosquito Control will be to be spraying for mosquitoes in Watsessing Park on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 3 am until 7 am. Residents in the area are advised to close windows and avoid the area during these hours in case they may be sensitive to insecticides. For further information, contact Essex County […]

East Orange Fire Department to Host Information Sessions for Fire Fighter Examination

EAST ORANGE, NJ, August 2015 – The East Orange Fire Department invites residents to learn about the many opportunities available within a career as a firefighter. The EOPD will host two information sessions to assist and guide those in the community interested in applying for the East Orange Fire Fighter Examination.   On Wednesday, August […]

East Orange, Panasonic and Nassan’s Place To Host Sensory-Friendly Photo Workshop

August 13, 2015: The City of East Orange is collaborating with Nassan’s Place and Panasonic to offer a Sensory-Friendly Photography Workshop for children affected by Autism. The workshop will allow participants to tap into their creative side, enjoy the outdoors and enhance their fine motor skills. The photography workshop, which will be held on Monday, […]

Public Notice – 2015 Budget Amendments and Adoption of the 2015 SFY Budget

In accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meeting Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, Public Notice is hereby given that the East Orange City Council will have a Special Meeting on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM for the following: Conduct a Public Hearing on 2015 SFY Budget Amendments Adopt the 2015 SFY Budget […]

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