Mayor set to host State of the Township Address

Photo by Chris Sykes
From left, Mayor Tony Vauss, who wears a hoodie with the likeness of newly sworn in at large Essex County Freeholder Romaine Graham and her campaign slogan on it, stands beside Graham on Thursday, Feb. 21, following East Orange Mayor Ted Green’s annual State of the City Address in the Cicely Tyson School of the Performing and Fine Arts theater. Graham was officially sworn in at the freeholder meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

IRVINGTON, NJ — Mayor Tony Vauss will host his fifth annual State of the Township Address on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at Christian Pentecostal Church on Clinton Avenue.

“We’ve got a lot of new technical stuff going on, so it should be interesting,” said Vauss on Tuesday, Feb. 26. “We also have a special tribute to Lebby Jones. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a special night.”

The mayor’s State of the Township Address is known for being entertaining, with a lot of theatrics and high production value. He said anyone who has attended a previous one should enjoy the show he is preparing.

Attendees at East Orange Mayor Ted Green’s annual State of the City Address at the Cicely Tyson School of the Performing and Fine Arts on Thursday, Feb. 21, may have recognized some of the details that have become synonymous with Vauss’ speech.

“As I ran for mayor about five years ago, Ted Green was my campaign manager,” said Vauss on Thursday, Feb. 21. “People see a lot of similarities in the stuff we do. That’s because we think the same. Our birthdays are on the exact same day, Sept. 20. You’ll see some things at my event that look familiar. You’ll see some things at his event that look familiar, but we’re family and that’s how it turns out here. I’m just happy to be here and excited to share this with him.”

Green’s recent address suffered somewhat due to sound engineering problems. And Vauss said any glitches were par for the course for those adopting his own format and style for the first time.

“This was his first, just like my first had a lot of kinks you have to work out,” said Vauss on Tuesday, Feb. 26. “A lot of people see the finished product; they don’t see the work that goes into it. And, overall, I think it was fine,” he said of Green’s event. “I think each year it’s going to be bigger and better, because he’s doing tremendous things here in East Orange and I’m just proud of him.”

Vauss said growing pains are to be expected any time something new, such as he’s always done at his previous State of the Township Addresses events, is rolled out to replace an older, more traditional approaches.

“We all go through it. … You work out your kinks the first year. The second year, it just gets better and better.

“But, overall, this was a tremendous event.” Vauss said, adding that Green “did an excellent job, showing everything East Orange has done since he’s been here in such a short time, and he’s been very successful.”

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