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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.

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose today revealed a 45-Day plan to reduce Newark... | Tweeted On: Feb 03, 2016

Mayor Baraka & Public Safety Director Ambrose unveil a 45-day plan to fight crime: via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Feb 03, 2016

Mayor Baraka speaks to the Newark Municipal Council about snow operations, January 2, 2016: via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Feb 03, 2016

Mayor @rasjbaraka joins @CoryBooker & other legislators in opening St James Health Center in #EastWard #WeAreNewark | Tweeted On: Feb 01, 2016

Tune in at 9:15 on @ABC7NY to hear Mayor @rasjbaraka discuss #Newark #NewarkJustBelieve | Tweeted On: Jan 30, 2016

Interviews with Newark Police Officers responding to snow emergency 1/27/16 | Tweeted On: Jan 27, 2016

Mayor Ras Baraka and Dr. Hanaa Hamdi Press Conference on Newark's Comprehensive Care for Homeless, Jan 27,... | Tweeted On: Jan 27, 2016

Trash collection will resume in Zone A tomorrow,Thursday, January 27, 2016. Please share this information with... | Tweeted On: Jan 27, 2016

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