Councilman At-Large Eddie Osborne
Contact: (973) 733-3794
Born and raised in Newark, Eddie Osborne was educated in the Newark Public School and studied at the National Labor College.
Eddie began his professional career as a construction worker and was later promoted to Business Agent for Laborers Local 1153 where he helped hundreds of Newark residents enter apprenticeship programs and obtain prevailing wage jobs in Newark and Essex County.
Currently, Eddie Osborne is a Director of Government Relations for the Laborers International Union of North America. A respected Labor Organizer, he spearheaded Newark’s Project Labor Agreement. This law requires the hiring of Newark residents on job sites and mandates the use of union labor on development projects. The law also gives residents training in a local pre-apprenticeship program.
No stranger to public service, Eddie’s passion to improve the quality of life in his community led him to join the Newark branch of the NAACP, become founder of the Second Street Block Association, and the Edward Osborne Civic Association. He has adopted a park and several empty lots in the Central Ward, and converted them into community gardens.
Eddie has served as a board member for the Greater Newark Conservancy as well as a Commissioner for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. He currently serves as a Commissioner for the Newark Housing Authority and oversees several important projects, such as the new Baxter Park in the Central Ward which includes 90 affordable housing apartments–all modern–retail space and public park space. He is helping the Housing Authority give residents more options by shifting to a voucher system instead of the traditional public housing model.
A widower, Eddie has three adult children and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.