East Orange: Setting the Standard for Urban Excellence
Welcome to the City of East Orange
  • 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 and events, job openings and training opportunities, public safety announcements, business tools and more.

    We are building 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 already hard at work, looking at ways to enhance these platforms. I welcome and encourage your ideas and suggestions as well.

    Additionally, I am excited to announce the opening of the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services. We are here to help, so ask us your questions, share your ideas, report a problem or request support. Our Constituent Services staff is trained to connect you with the information and services that you need. Our team takes a hands-on approach to make sure that your issue is addressed and you receive a timely response.

    Mayor Lester E. Taylor III

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  • The State of the City 2015

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  • 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 spacious 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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Calendar and Events
News and Updates
Mayor’s Message- February

Dear Residents and Stakeholders: As we mark the mid-point of the winter season, I am extremely proud to highlight the outstanding work our Department of Public Works is doing to keep our passages and roadways safe for residents and visitors in East Orange. Last year, as many of you may not so fondly recall, our […]

Red Cross to Install Free Smoke Alarms

Red Cross and City of East Orange to Install Free Smoke Alarms EAST ORANGE, NJ, February 17, 2015 – As part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross in partnership with the City of East Orange, will hold the second in a series of home fire preparedness canvassing events in […]

Forman Mills to Give $10,000 of Vouchers to East Orange Residents in Need; CEO Rick Forman to Attend

Forman Mills has teamed with Fourth Ward Councilwoman Sharon Fields and Mayor Lester E. Taylor III for the second year in a row to sponsor a Free Voucher Give Away to residents in need. Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. On Friday, February 6, 2015 between 3pm-7pm, families can participate in the […]

2015 Winter/Spring Senior Citizens’ Newsletter

Dear Seniors: Throughout the month of September, I had the sincere pleasure of visiting every senior building in the city to talk with you, listen to you and share exciting news about what is happening in the City of East Orange. Every day, my administration is hard at work enhancing our city and I wanted to ensure that our seniors heard firsthand what we’ve been […]

Earned Sick Time

Starting in 2015,  those who work in the City of East Orange will be eligible for paid sick time.   Get the facts below:  When workers get sick they need time to get well. It’s just common sense. But in New Jersey, some 1.2 million workers – that’s more than 1 in 3 of us – […]

Historical Society of East Orange, Inc. Sponsors Annual Traveling Exhibit in Celebration of Black History Month

Historical Society of East Orange, Inc. Sponsors Annual Traveling Exhibit in Celebration of Black History Month East Orange, NJ, Feb. 3, 2015: In celebration of Black History Month, the Historical Society of East Orange, Inc. (HSOEO) will showcase a collection of photographs of prominent African American figures that made a difference in the City of […]