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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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EOPD to Launch “Cops in Crosswalks” Campaign

May 27, 2015: Starting Friday, May 29, 2015, East Orange Police Department will launch a “Cops in Crosswalks” Campaign to increase public awareness about pedestrian safety and to reduce injuries and deaths, said city officials. This effort will continue until June 30th. According to state law, motorists in New Jersey must stop for pedestrians in […]

East Orange Golf Course to Reopen May 23rd

May 18, 2015: Following a year-long closure, the East Orange Golf Course on Parsonage Hill Road in Short Hills will reopen on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Nine holes (the original back nine) will be open for play initially during renovation, with all 18 holes being available beginning July 4th weekend.    Located in the Township of […]

City of East Orange Unveiled Three New Mini Buses for Senior Services

May 7 2015: Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, along with the East Orange Division of Senior Services, introduced three new state-of-the-art Ford Entourage mini buses for daily and out-of-town transportation of the community’s senior and disabled adult residents during a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 12pm, 90 Halsted Street.   More than […]

BJ’s 8th Annual Asthma Walk To Be Held May 16

May 12, 2015: The 8th Annual BJ’s Walk for Hope will take place Saturday May 16, 2015 from 9am to 4pm at Elmwood Park, Oak Street and Elmwood Avenue, East Orange, NJ. In celebration of its 8th year, the walk route will take participants up Rhode Island Ave. to So. Harrison St. and back to Elmwood […]

Candlelight Vigil Held to Honor Slain Teacher Latrena May

May 10, 2015: Over 100 people gathered Friday evening, May 8, 2015 to honor the memory of 27-year-old Latrena May, who was murdered on May 1, 2015, following a domestic dispute with her child’s father.   The Candlelight Vigil, which was coordinated by the City of East Orange, Purple R.E.I.G.N., and East Orange Citizens United […]

Community Forum at East Orange Golf Course on April 21

April 17, 2015: Mayor Lester E. Taylor III will be hosting a Community Forum to update residents, golfers and community partners on plans to renovate and reopen the East Orange Golf Course this Memorial Day Weekend. The forum will be held at the golf course at 440 Parsonage Hill Road in Short Hills from 6pm-8pm. […]

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