Newark Fights Crime and Violence

improved public safety strategy for Newark

Mayor Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announce 45 Day Plan to begin reducing crime and violence

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The 9 Point Plan focuses on three central issues:
1. Reorganize public safety initiatives to make them more effective and efficient.
2. Increase citizen involvement with law enforcement to restore trust, improve communication and make residents a stronger source of intelligence about criminals.
3. Add 150 police officers.

Read the full plan here.

Mayor Baraka discusses Newark’s response to the biggest blizzard in recent history

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During the blizzard newark cared for those with medical emergencies and the homeless

Mayor Baraka and Health and Community Wellness Director Hamdi discuss care for the homeless and those with medical emergencies in the video below.
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During the blizzard we had special teams digging out those with medical emergencies and bringing them to their treatments.

Temporary facilities were set up at municipal recreation centers, Newark Public high schools, and the YMCA, while City vehicles transported homeless people out of the snow from areas they congregate, such as Newark Liberty International Airport, Penn Station, underneath bridges, and on top of heating grates. Some of these residents helped their City drivers by showing them where to find other homeless people.

Homeless and transient people with families were taken to the YMCA, while those without were taken to the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center at 211 West Kinney Street in the Central Ward. JFK shelter also took in many recently discharged patients, suffering from mental and physical ailments. It averaged 102 people per night during the height of the blizzard.


Newark's Town Hall Meetings let your voice be heard!

Mayor Ras Baraka and his department directors will address your concerns, and share new initiatives and projects happening in the City of Newark. Find your ward's upcoming town hall meeting below.


Monday, Feb. 29th, 7-9pm

395 Ridge Street

Newark, NJ

At Third Presbyterian Church. RSVP below (Not required for attendance.)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Friday, Feb. 26th, 7-9pm

224 West Kinney Street

Newark, NJ

At Abyssinian Baptist Church. RSVP below (Not required for attendance.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


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"Muslims have been in this city for decades. We have become part and parcel of the fabric of society of Newark," said Daud Haqq, an imam at the NIA Masjid & Community Center and the president of the Imams Council of Newark. "Whatever field that there is that brings production and growth to our society, the Muslims have been involved here in Newark."

Read more here.


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  • Do you want to learn how to LEAD your community?
  • Do you want to know how to make an IMPACT on society and the world?
  • Come out and LEARN FROM THE MAYOR AND OTHER LEADERS how to be an agent for change!

Leadership Training will happen every third Saturday beginning: March 19, 2016

For more information please contact: Alexis Trusty 201-509-3751 Newark City Hall 920 Broad Street, Room B29 10am-12pm


Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Training NewarkWorks One Stop Center reminded residents today that Newark’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are providing free tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income Newark families, earning $54,000 a year or less, now through the Federal Income Tax filing deadline of Friday, April 15, for the 11th straight year. Locations and operating hours are as follows:

  • Newark City Hall – 920 Broad Street, Room B-1, Newark NJ 07102; Open: Monday-Friday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Newark Emergency Services for Families – 982 Broad Street, Newark NJ 07102; Open: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Essex County College – 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102; Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • B.R.I.C.K. Avon Academy – 219 Avon Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103; Open: Tuesday, Thursday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • B.R.I.C.K. Peshine Academy – 433 Peshine Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103; Open, Wednesday, Thursday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Newark Legacy Charter School – 823 South 16th Street, Newark, NJ 07103; Open: Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

SPOTLIGHT ON Black History

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Quovella “Q” Spruil

In January 2016, Quovella “Q” Spruil was sworn in as the Essex County Chief of Detectives in Newark, N.J. The promotion makes Mrs. Spruil the first woman and African-American to hold the post with the state’s largest prosecutor’s office.

Spruil, 41, a native of Newark, attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology for her undergraduate engineering studies and then Seton Hall University to gain her master’s degree. She joined the Essex County staff in 1998 as an investigator and quickly rose in the ranks, eventually working on a series of tough cases in the district.

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You are invited to a showing of "THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION”

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6-9pm

360 Springfield Avenue

Newark, NJ

Join us for an exclusive engagement! Filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” will screen at Citiplex12.

AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. in partnership with Firelight Media, Mayor Ras J. Baraka of the City of Newark, and Independent Lens are to present the Award-Winning Documentary followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker and others. Please RSVP here.