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Newark, the government seat of Essex County, has since the 1950s operated under a mayor-council form of local government. The city’s voters adopted this governing structure in 1953 as part of the Optional Municipal Charter Law (R.S. 40:69A-1 et seq.), commonly known as the Faulkner Act. Under the provisions of the Faulkner Act, Newark’s mayor serves a four-year term and executes the legislation enacted by the Municipal Council. The mayor is not a voting member of the council.

The nine-person Municipal Council also serves a four-year term; five council members are elected at large and four are elected by the individual municipal wards the represent. The council is responsible for codification and legislation for the municipality, as well as for ensuing budgetary compliance. In this section, you will learn more about Mayor Ras J. Baraka, elected to office in 2014, as well as the nine members of the Newark Municipal Council. Under city government, you also will find detailed descriptions of each of the city’s departments, their individual divisions, and department directors.

Tune into #OpenLine in 10 minutes. Mayor @rasjbaraka will be live at 8AM on @WBLS1075NYC | Tweeted On: Aug 02, 2015

Make sure you catch Mayor @rasjbaraka on #OpenLine tomorrow 8am-8:10am on @WBLS1075NYC | Tweeted On: Aug 01, 2015

1 WEEK until #OccupytheCity. Imagine a Newark where crime was scarce and prosperity was abundant. We need your help. | Tweeted On: Aug 01, 2015

Newark Kids Rock TODAY! Don't miss this full day of safe, family fun! Spread the word! | Tweeted On: Aug 01, 2015

Officially ONE WEEK until Occupy the City takes place. Imagine a Newark where crime was scarce and prosperity was... | Tweeted On: Aug 01, 2015

#OccupytheBlock today on Bradley Court at 4PM. We need your support! @Occupy_Newark | Tweeted On: Aug 01, 2015

Come out and #OccupytheBlock on Bradley Court tomorrow at 4PM. | Tweeted On: Jul 31, 2015

This week in Newark News - July 31, 2015 | Tweeted On: Jul 31, 2015

Make sure you check out Mayor Baraka's handpicked movie favorites during the Summer Fun Classic Film Series every... | Tweeted On: Jul 31, 2015

What do senior ladies and drug dealers have in common? In this video, Mayor Baraka explains how #OccupytheBlock... | Tweeted On: Jul 31, 2015

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