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 […]

First-ever virtual district staff convocation for Newark schools

NEWARK, NJ — On Sept. 1, Superintendent of Schools Roger Leon and the Newark Board of Education hosted District Staff Convocation 2020. The annual convocation is a celebration to start the school year, where the superintendent convenes all employees in one venue to share the state of the district, review multiple measures of data, celebrate […]

Baraka creates LGBTQ hotline to support community

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose have announced changes in public safety policy and the creation of an LGBTQ help hotline after concerns were raised about the police handling of Ashley Moore, a transgender woman who died April 1 in downtown Newark. Baraka acknowledged that police did not […]

NJPAC salutes pioneers of protest who won women the right to vote

NJPAC salutes pioneers of protest who won women the right to vote

NEWARK, NJ — Women were not given the right to vote. They fought for it. The struggle for women’s enfranchisement, finally achieved in August 1920, took the work of three generations. During the last 10 years of this fight, women’s rights advocates pioneered such modern strategies of resistance as parades, protests and picketing to bring […]

Partnership to help low-income families achieve homeownership in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — The city of Newark, Newark Housing Authority and Invest Newark — Newark’s Economic Development Corporation — have launched a first-of-its-kind program to provide eligible Section 8 recipients with the opportunity to use their vouchers to purchase their first home. It is a pilot program of the Land Bank created by Mayor Ras […]

Newark and public library team up to offer census assistance

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka has announced that the city of Newark and the Newark Public Library are teaming up to offer “Pop-Up Census Sites” in the lots and courtyards of three library branches on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., all through the month of July.  The program is designed […]

Newark trace lead levels fall below federal allowable levels

NEWARK, NJ — The average lead levels in Newark water have fallen below 15 parts per billion, which is underneath the federal benchmark of acceptable levels, Mayor Ras Baraka and Water and Sewer Utilities Director Kareem Adeem announced July 2. Newark’s latest testing results listed on Drinking WaterWatch show lead levels at 14.1 ppb, which […]

Newark creates Office of Violence Prevention

NEWARK, NJ — On June 24, Mayor Ras Baraka celebrated the passage of a City Council ordinance creating a permanent Office of Violence Prevention. “The Office of Violence Prevention now, by law, is an integral part of the city of Newark,” Baraka said. “It is officially part of the public service architecture, like any other […]