Invest Newark launches region’s first land bank

NEWARK, NJ — Invest Newark has launched the Newark Land Bank, an initiative championed by Mayor Ras Baraka to improve the quality of life for Newark residents. The land bank will lead the way to begin the post-COVID economic recovery of Newark by boosting homeownership and creating affordable and market rate housing. By increasing developer […]

Baraka announces two development teams for Fairmount Commons project

Baraka announces two development teams for Fairmount Commons project

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced March 3 the selection of two teams to redevelop 3.28 acres of city-owned land near the historic West Side High School in the city’s West Ward in accordance with the Fairmount Commons Redevelopment Plan. The first of the selected teams is a partnership between RPM, a New […]

Newark launches construction of Miller Street Pathways to Housing Center

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka, Claremont Development and Arc Building Partners announced Feb. 25 the commencement of construction on an adaptive-reuse project designed to create an innovative transitional, emergency homeless facility at the 47-63 Miller St. site. The 24,000-square-foot facility will provide 24/7/365 emergency shelter and supportive services to transition homeless Newark residents into […]

Baraka announces new acting public safety director and deputy directors

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka announced Department of Public Safety leadership changes created to continue building on the city’s successful crime reduction strategies in a Feb. 16 press release.  Brian O’Hara, who most recently served as deputy chief of police, has been appointed as the acting public safety director; the Rev. Ronald L. Slaughter […]

Irvington holds Black Lives Matter ceremony and mural unveiling

Irvington holds Black Lives Matter ceremony and mural unveiling

IRVINGTON, NJ — Upholding the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, cities across the nation have made a point of giving recognition to their black communities. Drawing out a host of dignitaries — including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, former N.J. Gov. Jim McGreevey and state Sen. Ronald Rice — Irvington Mayor Tony […]

Final stage of Newark Lead Service Line Replacement Program announced

NEWARK, NJ — One year after putting to work a $120 million bond from Essex County and joined by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and a group of city, state and county officials, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that the Newark Lead Service Line Replacement Program had reached its final stage, with nearly […]

Historic 10-year strategic plan to build a new educational ecosystem in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Superintendent Roger Leon and the Newark Board of Education released an unprecedented 10-year strategic plan titled, “The Next Decade: 2020-30,” in September. The unveiling of the strategic plan sets the district’s sights on the bold creation of a new educational ecosystem that delivers a world-class education to every child in the city […]

Mayor’s Book Club distributes more than 10,000 books to residents

Mayor’s Book Club distributes more than 10,000 books to residents

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka and Newark Chief Education Officer Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson announced Sept. 1 that the Mayor’s Book Club is combating summer reading loss, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, by distributing more than 10,000 books to Newark residents. They range in topics and reading levels, from colorful books for preschoolers to age-appropriate works for […]