Newark mayor, HUD secretary launch initiative to address homelessness crisis

NEWARK, NJ — On Sept. 20, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge at a virtual event to launch “House America: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis.” “House America” is a national partnership in which HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on […]

County dedicates new community center building in Weequahic Park

County dedicates new community center building in Weequahic Park

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. officially dedicated the new community center building in Weequahic Park in Newark. The new 7,500-square-foot building replaces a much smaller, concrete block building that had outlived its usefulness. The project is part of an ongoing initiative to ensure parks facilities meet the changing needs of […]

Newark unveils statue of former mayor in front of City Hall

Newark unveils statue of former mayor in front of City Hall

NEWARK, NJ — On Sept. 14, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., the Gibson family and other dignitaries unveiled a statue honoring former Newark Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson in front of City Hall on Broad Street. The 8-foot bronze statue […]

Baraka hosts back-to-school giveaway and resources event

Baraka hosts back-to-school giveaway and resources event

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Public Schools and Amerigroup partnered to host a back-to-school giveaway and resource event at Rafael Hernandez Elementary School on Sept. 10. At the giveaway, the city, Amerigroup and United Community Corporation gave out bags full of school supplies to youth on a first-come, first-served basis. UCC […]

Public safety training facility constructed in response to recent gun violence

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, and Newark Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery Director Lakeesha Eure addressed recent gun violence during the announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 31, of the construction of a state-of-the-art public safety training facility […]

Newark to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with slate of events

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka has announced that the city of Newark will host an array of events between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 to observe Hispanic Heritage Month, including book giveaways, awards and scholarships events, and a free concert by Latin Grammy Award–winning singer India. “Our Latino community has been one of […]

Baraka appointed by EPA to serve on Local Government Advisory Committee

Baraka appointed by EPA to serve on Local Government Advisory Committee

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, along with 33 additional new members, has been appointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to serve on the Local Government Advisory Committee, EPA administrator Michael S. Regan announced in August. The 39-member LGAC will include 20 women, 16 people of color and representation from 30 different […]

Baraka established 5-year goals to create, preserve affordable housing

NEWARK, NJ — As part of Newark’s Equitable Recovery Summer, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced on Aug. 9 a set of affordable housing goals to guide the city’s housing and development efforts over the next five years — including the allocation of American Recovery Plan funding. He made the announcement of Newark’s five-year affordable housing […]

Newark kicks off summer academy for at-risk juveniles and adults

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka recently announced that the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery Safe Summer Academy is underway with 120 participants ranging in ages from 14 to 40 at four locations around the city. The program’s goal is to provide alternate paths for success to at-risk youth and adults exposed […]

Acting AG announces gun buybacks in Newark, East Orange, Paterson and Atlantic City

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — As part of comprehensive efforts to reduce gun violence, acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck recently announced gun buyback events to be held simultaneously in locations in Passaic, Essex and Atlantic counties. These events are being held in partnership with Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. […]

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