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.

The young peoole are going to lead the transformation of this country. We have to get them invloved.-@rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

Dream big dreams! When they say you cant do the things you want to do, you remind them of your lineage. - @rasjbaraka. #Quotables | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

You have to listen to your own heart and have courage to bring your ideas and dreams into reality. -@rasjbaraka #Quotables | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

We have the tools we need to make change. Rosa Parks didnt have instagram or Twitter but changed the world.-@rasjbaraka #quotables | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

We are going to be judged not by what we do in heaven but for what we do here on earth.-@rasjbaraka #quotables | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

When you stand on your principles and do what you know is the right thing to do, everything falls in place.-@rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

The folks beat my dad in 1967 and held back racial progress in Newark never saw that his son would become the mayor of newark-@rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

We need to prepare our young people for leadership because there will be a time when we will have to pass the baton to them.-@rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

We have 2 ask ourselves y are our children still fighting racial injustices and for their humanity, just like our ancestors.-@rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

Dr. King sacrificed his life in service to us all. - @rasjbaraka #quotables | Tweeted On: Jan 24, 2015

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