Newark allocates funds for emergency rental assistance

NEWARK, NJ — The city of Newark has partnered with the Newark Housing Authority to provide up to $1,000 in rental assistance support, under the City of Newark’s Emergency Rental Assistance Grant Program, according to a June 19 press release. The grant is funded through a $1 million allocation in local trust and federal funds. […]

Baraka signs executive order allowing businesses to expand outdoors

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka announced June 18 that he has signed an executive order that will expand the ability of retail businesses and restaurants to use sidewalks, parking lots and other public spaces to sell goods and provide outdoor dining for take-away food and beverage consumption. Executive Order No. 20-0007, which became effective […]

Essex County law enforcement members denounce killing of George Floyd

Essex County law enforcement members denounce killing of George Floyd

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka recently stood in solidarity with the Association of Chiefs of Police of Essex County and Essex County Sheriff’s Department to denounce the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department officer who killed George Floyd. Baraka’s father was beaten by police during the 1967 Newark Riots. At one point, every […]

DiVincenzo, 17 mayors express support for Murphy budget plan

DiVincenzo, 17 mayors express support for Murphy budget plan

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced his support of Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to borrow $9 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve to balance the state budget. On Friday, May 29, DiVincenzo sent a letter of support to the governor; the letter was also signed by 17 Essex County mayors. […]

Baraka unveils ‘Phase One’ of reopening Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka presented the first phase of the plan to reopen New Jersey’s largest city beginning June 1 during a press conference at NJPAC on May 21. The mayor called the phase “preparation” to look at how the city might eventually reopen. “Phase One is about us getting prepared to […]

Baraka administration works to protect tenants, spur post-coronavirus development

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka announced May 13 a dramatic series of interventions to aid tenants in desperate need of help during the COVID-19 crisis and to keep Newark development on track during reopening and beyond. The three actions are: emergency grants to provide rental assistance for affected families; an executive order declaring a […]

Newark launches COVID testing for public housing residents

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka and the Newark Housing Authority have begun a program to offer COVID-19 testing at all of the city’s public housing complexes. The program began at the end of April at two senior housing locations under the leadership of NHA Executive Director Victor Cirilo, as has continued testing seniors at […]

Irvington, East Orange, Orange and Newark band together for four-city lockdown

Irvington, East Orange, Orange and Newark band together for four-city lockdown

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The neighboring municipalities of Newark, Irvington, Orange and East Orange are adamant about their safety measures surrounding the fight against COVID-19. So much so, that Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren and East Orange Mayor Ted Green have banded together and announced a “lockdown” of […]

Baraka commits $1M to COVID-19 relief for homeowners, home buyers

NEWARK, NJ — As part of his ongoing COVID-19 financial stimulus package, Mayor Ras Baraka announced April 1 that Newark will inject $1 million into its “Live Newark” program, designed to give city residents access to home ownership. The new program will provide $5,000 down payment forgivable loans to first-time home buyers and forgivable loans […]