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 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 […]

Senior Workforce Development Job Fair Draws Over 200 Job Seekers

East Orange, NJ, October 7, 2016: East Orange’s Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training hosted its first Senior Workforce Development Job Fair on October 7, 2016, drawing over 200 job seekers, ages 60 and up. The job fair, held at the East Orange Senior Center, matched more than a dozen local companies with senior citizens […]

Mayor Taylor participates on national mayoral panel in Baltimore, MD

East Orange, NJ, September 30, 2016: East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III joined Mayor Karen Weaver, Flint, MI, Mayor Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, WI, and Mayor Jamie Mayo, Mayor of Monroe, LA to discuss how to foster equitable communities during the 7th National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, held September 28-30, […]

Free Screenings Provided at Women’s Health Day on Oct 6

EAST ORANGE, NJ, September 17, 2016 – The East Orange Health Department, in conjunction with the SAVE Program of Rutgers UMDNJ, is sponsoring a Women’s Health Day to help women be proactive about their health and stay on schedule with necessary screenings. The event will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, starting at 9am, […]