Download the official City of Newark App, "My Newark", to find out about the latest updates, events, or to tell us about an issue like a missed garbage pickup.

Official City of Newark App Official City of Newark App_GooglePlay ×


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.

Mayor @rasjbaraka in full support of Newark Students! | Tweeted On: May 22, 2015

#Newark students protesting outside of City Hall. | Tweeted On: May 22, 2015

Have you heard of the Newark Youth Court? Newark Youth Court members first go through a two-month training... | Tweeted On: May 22, 2015

Newark raised college basketball stars Iasia and Isaiah will host the first ever brother & sister basketball... | Tweeted On: May 22, 2015

Seton Hall Law graduation today. Be prepared for heavy traffic this morning and into the early part of the afternoon. | Tweeted On: May 22, 2015

Receive free medical assessments, immunizations, health screenings, and more at #BetterBlockNewark on 6/6. Noon-6PM. | Tweeted On: May 22, 2015

#OccupytheBlock TODAY at Wakeman Ave & Arlington St. 4:30 PM. Help us TAKE BACK OUR NEIGHBORHOODS! | Tweeted On: May 21, 2015

Join Mayor @rasjbaraka and @RevJJackson at @Rutgers_Newark for economic summit w/VIP reception on 6.2 Register here: | Tweeted On: May 21, 2015

Students from the Newark Educators Community Charter school are here right now receiving a tour of City Hall.... | Tweeted On: May 21, 2015

Follow Us on Social Media

Follow Newark on Facebook Follow Newark on Twitter Follow Newark on Instagram Follow Newark on Flickr