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.

Celebrate Amiri Baraka! Sun, Oct 26, 2014, 2pm -5pm at Newark Symphony Hall. Free Admission, tickets available in... | Tweeted On: Oct 24, 2014

Read, Write, Recite October is Poetry Month in the City of Newark! Here are a list of the remaining events. Let... | Tweeted On: Oct 24, 2014

In the City of Newark, October is Poetry Month! Coming up this weekend: FRIDAY OCT 24: Poetry on the Move 3rd... | Tweeted On: Oct 24, 2014

SAT 10/25: Free Throw Basketball Tournament, 9am-2pm @ The Waterfront, 2 Grafton Ave, Newark, NJ. Call 973-343-3771 for more details. | Tweeted On: Oct 24, 2014

Today at 6:00 pm you will learn all you need to know about Enterovirus 64, Ebola, and the Flu! Please see flyer... | Tweeted On: Oct 23, 2014

I posted 12 photos on Facebook in the album "Youth Town Hall Meeting" | Tweeted On: Oct 22, 2014

Thurs, Oct 23, 6pm - 8pm, come learn all about Enterovirus 64, Ebola, and the Flu! St. Johns Lutheran Church, 333 Avon Ave, Newark, NJ. | Tweeted On: Oct 22, 2014

Watch the latest episode of NEWARK EDITION, a newsmagazine about Mayor Baraka and the City of Newark. | Tweeted On: Oct 22, 2014

Thurs, Oct 23: Dept of Health & Community Wellness will offer Flu shots at 250 Georgia King Village - Family Success Center, 9am-3pm. | Tweeted On: Oct 22, 2014

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 The Department of Health and Community Wellness and Parents and Parents of Autistic... | Tweeted On: Oct 22, 2014

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