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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.

Traffic Advisory: Construction at 15 Washington St. Mon. 4/13-Sat. 4/18 6:30am -4:30pm. Closure on Washington St. from James St.- Broad St. | Tweeted On: Apr 17, 2015

The Seymour Model Block Project is a pilot initiative of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Administration that aims to... http://t.co/tiUcPhk1yn | Tweeted On: Apr 17, 2015

TONIGHT! Join Mayor Ras J. Baraka, hospital owners and health care providers from Saint Barnabas Health System,... http://t.co/qymplydKZZ | Tweeted On: Apr 17, 2015

Catch Mayor @rasjbaraka on @DueProcessTV 4.18 at 7:00am on WNET/Thirteen. Mayor discusses Civilian Complaint Review Board. #CCRB #Newark | Tweeted On: Apr 17, 2015

The Employment & Training Center & Office of Reentry announces: Women’s Leadership Fridays. Every Fri. 5:30pm-7:30pm. 1008 Broad St. | Tweeted On: Apr 17, 2015

Traffic Advisory: Construction at 15 Washington St. Mon. 4/13-Sat. 4/18 6:30am -4:30pm. Closure on Washington St. from James St.- Broad St. | Tweeted On: Apr 16, 2015

Be on the lookout for #pothole repairs happening in your area. #Newarkpotholekiller #potholesbegone @PotholeKillers http://t.co/hexSYQA4aZ | Tweeted On: Apr 16, 2015

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Science Park High & @RidgeStreet schools promote #ArborDay. On 4.24 use ur #greenthumb 2 plant trees & care 4 nature. http://t.co/qJGctk1bRD | Tweeted On: Apr 16, 2015

Mayor @rasjbaraka speaks on Panel - The Snitch Sitch - Keep It 100 http://t.co/S3cEw8vqIX via @ComedyCentral @nightlyshow #WeAreNewark | Tweeted On: Apr 16, 2015

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