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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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  • 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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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, […]

East Orange Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Tennis Courts at Soverel Park

East Orange, NJ, September 7, 2016:  After remaining closed for several years following extreme damage from Hurricane Sandy, the tennis and handball courts located in Soverel Park are once again open for public play, city officials announced. On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 1:30pm, East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, the East Orange City […]

Statement from Mayor Taylor on Gov. Chris Christie’s Veto of $15 Minimum Wage Bill

August 31, 2016, East Orange, NJ: Gov. Chris Christie got it wrong. On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, days before the nation recognizes Labor Day — a federal holiday created by the labor movement to celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country — Gov. Christie denied a living […]

Mayor Taylor to deliver presentation on on tackling the impact of blight and aging infrastructure during the ERC in Québec

East Orange, NJ, August 1, 2016: East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III will present during a panel discussion on “Crumbling Communities: Tackling the Impact of Blight and Aging Infrastructure” at the 56th Annual Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference (ERC), which will be held in Québec City, Canada August 7-10, 2016. On Monday, August […]

Heat Advisory for Mon, Jul 25 until 8pm!

EAST ORANGE, NJ, July 25, 2016:  New Jersey residents are being warned to stay hydrated and keep cool as the heat index values may range 100-105 degrees today statewide. A heat advisory has been issued for Essex County from noon until 8pm. Please take note of the following cooling options available in East Orange: East […]

East Orange to join 38 million neighbors nationwide for “America’s Night Out Against Crime” on August 2

East Orange, NJ, July 20, 2016: On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, neighborhood block associations, municipal officials, and community partners throughout East Orange will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “33rd Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is designed to: 1) heighten crime and drug prevention […]