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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    6feb11:00 am- 1:00 pmAfrican American GenealogySaturday, February 6, 2016, from 11AM to 1PM, and Monday, February 8, from 7PM-8:30pm, Teresa Vegas from the NJ chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will share state of the art techniques on ancestry research, family searches, and linage during “African American Genealogy”
    East Orange ratifies new contract with CWA increasing wages to $15/hour

    East Orange, NJ, February 4, 2016 – The Communications Workers of America, Local 1077 and the City of East Orange announced completion of a ratified Contract Agreement that will benefit East Orange municipal workers and the residents of East Orange.  The contract runs until Dec. 2018 and includes some innovative provisions. “This contract agreement proves […]

    City Seeks Proposals for CDBG Funding

    East Orange, NJ, February 2, 2016: The City of East Orange’s Division of Community Development is seeking proposals and input for inclusion in the city’s Fiscal Year 2016 Action Plan, which will run from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. It is anticipated that East Orange will receive up to $1,300,000 in Community Development […]

    East Orange Joins National Day of Action Against Selling Housing to Wall Street

    East Orange, NJ, February 2, 2016: On February 4th, Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and members of the East Orange City Council will hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall to call on Fannie Mae to prioritize the bulk sale of delinquent mortgage pools to non-profit housing agencies as opposed to Wall Street speculators. Over the […]

    East Orange Celebrates Black History Month

    East Orange, NJ, January 31, 2016: The City of East Orange will host a number of special events to commemorate and honor the legacy of African American leaders during Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 • 6-8pm East Orange Public Library, 21 South Arlington Avenue […]

    East Orange Water Commission to Reduce Rates Effective February 1

    East Orange, NJ, January 31, 2016, : Customers of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC) will be charged reduced water and sewer rates beginning with the February billing cycle. The rates will decrease to an adjusted rate and bills will vary from customer to customer based on such factors as water use and the efficiency […]

    Update on Storm Cleanup and Parking Advisory

    East Orange, NJ, January 26, 2016: East Orange employees in the Departments of Public Works, Public Safety and Property Maintenance are working around the clock to make city passages safe for motorists and pedestrians, said Mayor Lester E. Taylor III. As the process continues for clearing and removing snow, everyone is urged to adhere to […]