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Government

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.

HEAR Mayor Baraka speak on uniting Newarkers for victory over violence. He also responds to critics of the recent... https://t.co/sHRuBV967x | Tweeted On: Aug 25, 2016

Mayor Baraka's Vlog on the Impact of 24 Hrs of Peace: https://t.co/5gCikyC8Sq via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Aug 25, 2016

Don't forget to join us today at 5:30 for #occupytheblock. We will meet at 120 Dayton Street. Thank you for your... https://t.co/LLFqnsowmz | Tweeted On: Aug 25, 2016

Hope to see everyone at �#�OccupytheBlock� on Wednesday at 16th Street & Clinton Avenue. Occupy begins at 5:30pm... https://t.co/yCZe3n0Y17 | Tweeted On: Aug 23, 2016

ICYMI: We are marching closer to local control. #NESBReport #PathwaytoLocalControl... https://t.co/ljlH163uCe | Tweeted On: Aug 22, 2016

After 21 years, local control poised to return to Newark schools next fall https://t.co/ktphInTHfH | Tweeted On: Aug 22, 2016

Mayor Ras J. Baraka speaks to young people in #Newark about #violence https://t.co/n50dmbzITf | Tweeted On: Aug 20, 2016

Calling all Newark #youth. Join Mayor Ras J. Baraka every third Saturday at spots across the City for dialogue,... https://t.co/QasqGB7YBR | Tweeted On: Aug 20, 2016

Happening now! Mayor Ras J. Baraka hosts his monthly youth leadership academy. #teachachild #24HrsofPeace https://t.co/9baBlxcwsG | Tweeted On: Aug 20, 2016

Hear Mayor Ras J. Baraka's weekly #vlog on the upcoming 24 Hours of Peace & Occupy the City 2016 and his special... https://t.co/FFaLV9QWT6 | Tweeted On: Aug 17, 2016

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