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July 1, 2010 - Councilman-At- Large Donald M. Payne Elected New President of Newark Municipal Council

Councilman-At-Large Donald M. Payne Elected New President of Newark Municipal Council
North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Vice President; Payne promises collaboration and careful consideration of the important issues facing the City

July 1, 2010 (Newark)
- Promising to work with the City administration, and to collaborate with residents on the issues currently facing the City, Councilman-At-Large Donald M. Payne, Jr. was elected to serve as the president of the Newark Municipal Council by a majority vote of his Council colleagues. The new Council President was elected immediately following the inauguration ceremony for Mayor Cory A. Booker’s second term and the rest of the Municipal Council. North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. was elected Vice President of the nine-member body.

“I’m honored to take this position and recognize the significance this role will play in the continued improvements in our City,” said Council President Payne. “We have a number of problems that are facing us immediately, and those that know me know that my message is always one of inclusion and not division. This event today marks the end of the political season in Newark. Now it’s time for us as the Council to work together with one another, with the administration, and with Newark’s citizens to face and overcome our issues to make our City even greater,” he added.

First elected to the Newark Municipal Council as a Councilman-At-Large in 2006, Payne has faithfully championed the issues of his constituency, and sits on the Health, Education and Recreation Committees of the Newark Municipal Council. In addition to his legislative activities, Payne supports a number of faith- and community-based organizations, including: Above the Rim, Inc., All Together, Habitat for Humanity Newark (HFHN), New Jersey Knights, North Jersey Youth Club, and the Satori Athletic Organization. He is also a member of the Board of the Newark Watershed and Preserve Our Legacy, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase awareness and education within the minority community about the benefits of adult stem cell research.

Council President Payne also took a moment to salute those that have influenced him, including former Council President Mildred C. Crump. “My predecessor was the best example of ‘grace under pressure’ and I only hope that I can exhibit the same knowledge and strength in my tenure as she did in hers.”

As Councilman and now Council President, Payne’s legislative priorities continue to be affordable housing, children’s issues, health issues and economic and workforce development. One of his greatest hope is that the Payne legacy of political participation and community service that was instilled in him by his father, Congressman Donald Payne (D-NJ) will continue to thrive through his triplets Donald III, Jack, and Yvonne.

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