Use the links to the left to learn more about the city council. [5] The 2018 Newark mayoral election took place on May 8, 2018. [16], Baraka ran in the 2014 Newark mayoral election against former Assistant State Attorney General Shavar Jeffries,[17][18] after fellow council members Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Darrin S. Sharif dropped out of the race. [91], In 2014, the city initiated a Valentine's Day building lot sale in which married couples could purchase housing plots in the city for $1,000, provided they built a house on the lot within 18 months. 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[60] In May 2014, Newark, which already had control of operations (includes student transportation and other support services), was granted local powers over budget and finance, giving the local advisory board its first formal vote on the district's nearly $1 billion in annual spending. 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The Village Board is elected by Village residents to not only oversee Village property and finance, but to maintain the safety, health, comfort and welfare of its residents. Ras J. Baraka is the 40th Mayor of the City of Newark. [92] Nearly 100 plots were sold; as of 2015, few had been built on, due to insufficient financing. [40][41][42] Release of the funds required matching funds, which were mostly raised through the Foundation for Newark's Future and have largely been spent, though funds remain. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announces eight businesses have been cited for COVID violations. [4] Baraka was sworn in as the city's 40th mayor at ceremonies at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on July 1, 2014, for a four-year term. Newark, NJ – December 1, 2020 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today additional funding for two emergency initiatives to stabilize Newark’s small businesses and renters.The City of Newark will invest $4 million for small businesses and tenants. [14] The election was documented on the Sundance reality television series Brick City, which stars Booker, Baraka and other Newark political and residential figures. A restructuring program called One Newark calls for the closure of some public schools and the opening of more charter schools (some in public school buildings). Newark, a program that marks the first time that any US city has sought to transform its economy by combining employment, procurement, and residential strategies. [97][98] In 2019, Jumah was accused of assaulting Baraka's teenage daughter in a domestic dispute at the mayor's home[99] . The state retains the right to veto any action of the local board and has the final say in appointing the superintendent of the district. HEATH -- William Stacey Hall, 96, of Heath, a World War II veteran, downtown Newark shoe store owner and father of Newark Mayor Jeff Hall, died Saturday at … The Mayor of Newark is elected for a four-year term. A native of Newark, whose family has lived in the City for more than 80 years, Mayor Baraka’s progressive approach to governing has won him accolades from grassroots organizations to the White House. NEWARK, N.J. — Newark authorities issued summonses to eight businesses in the first two days of the city’s 10-day “shutdown” to slow the spread of COVID-19, Mayor … Official results show that of 44,951 ballots cast, he received 24,358 to Jeffries' 20,593. He was previously a member of the Municipal Council of Newark and the principal of the city's Central High School[3] until he took an indefinite leave of absence to run for the 2014 Newark mayoral election, which he won on May 13, 2014. [3], In May 2010 he defeated then-councilman Oscar James II in a highly contested election, on a platform critical of Mayor Cory Booker. "That's the period that the CDC gives us for people to quarantine themselves, isolate themselves." He had read as part of the city's Dodge Poetry Festival. Undated photograph of Newark Mayor Ken Gibson in the Mayor’s office. [13], Between 2002 and 2006 Baraka was Newark Municipal Council member and in 2002 was appointed deputy mayor, and served that position until 2005. The Small Business Grant Fund Round 3 and the Rental Housing Assistance Program Round 2 totals $2 million each. [55][56][57][58][59], Baraka ran for election with a campaign to take back local control of the schools. The Mayor of Newark is the head of the executive branch of government of Newark, New Jersey, United States.The mayor has the duty to enforce the municipal charter and ordinances; prepare the annual budget; appoint deputy mayors, department heads, and aides; and approve or veto ordinances passed by the Municipal Council.. Newark, New Jersey, was founded in 1666 and became a township … [88] The state's Department of Community Affairs awarded Newark $10 million in transitional aid, which comes with a required oversight memorandum of understanding. ", "Is Christie-Backed One Newark Reform Plan Good For City's Students? Newark businesses that disobey COVID curfew won't be eligible for grant program: mayor November 27, 2020, 7:09 PM Newark small business owners who disobey the city's coronavirus curfew rules will not be eligible for a new program offering thousands of dollars in financial assistance, Mayor Ras Baraka has warned. A rabble-rousing new mayor wants to undo the reforms that Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg brought to town", "Schooled Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark's schools. [23] In February 2014 he received the endorsement of former New Jersey governor Richard Codey and Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop. A surge of violence in the second half of 2013 pushed the homicide total to 111, the most since 1990. ", Defying Expectations, Mayor Ras Baraka Is Praised in All Corners of Newark, municipalities with populations exceeding 100,000,, Members of the Municipal Council of Newark, African-American city council members in New Jersey, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Wikipedia articles in need of updating from January 2019, All Wikipedia articles in need of updating, Wikipedia external links cleanup from January 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 November 2020, at 02:47. "We want people to shelter in place for 10 days," said Mayor Ras Baraka. In 2010 Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, donated $100 million of his personal fortune through his foundation StartUp Education to the Newark school system. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka defying New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and is taking things even further as the largest city in New Jersey is averaging almost 300 cases a … ", Newark Mayor Weds, Social Media Fills with Congratulations, Shopping and parties? [62], A discrimination complaint filed on behalf of Newark parents and the Newark branch of New Jersey's Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE) claims that 86 percent of the students affected by "One Newark" changes are African American, while African-American students make up 51 percent of the entire district. Your submission has been received! [89] The state will reduce budgets for the city clerk and expenses for council members as part of the agreement. Mayor Baraka’s futurist agenda includes the implementation of a groundbreaking partnership called Hire. Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, New Jersey, known primarily as an educator, author and politician, has a powerful message to deliver on the cusp of our national election. [32], The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has released details on a tentative agreement he's reached with Uber to operate in the state's largest city. In 2019, Baraka married political consultant Linda Jumah, who was sentenced to home confinement and probation for tax evasion in 2018. Baraka, as an outspoken advocate of returning control of Newark's schools to local authority, has called for the ouster of state-appointed Superintendent Anderson. They got an education", "POLITICAL SCENE: INEQUALITY AND EDUCATION IN NEWARK",, "Who Gets to Control Newark's Schools? His mother, Amina Baraka, is herself a renowned poet. His preferred candidates who won seats on the council last month include: At-large Councilwoman Mildred C. Crump, and union leader Eddie Osborne in the at-large race and At-large Councilman John Sharpe James in the South Ward race and Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins in the Central Ward race. [needs update] The donation precipitated an effort to reform and restructure the system. He was 86. Doting husband, and father of three daughters and a son, Mayor Baraka is a published author and is well-regarded in the entertainment industry for his appearance on the Grammy-award winning album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in his authentic role as an educator, and for his EP “What We Want.”, City Hall920 Broad StreetNewark, NJ 07102. In November 2005, Baraka was voted to complete the term vacated by the deceased Councilmember-at-Large Donald Kofi Tucker. With a forward-thinking agenda that reduced crime to its lowest levels in five decades, addressed affordability while … The Newark mayor made news again in April 2012, when he saved a woman from a house fire and, as a result, suffered second-degree burns on his hands and smoke inhalation. [66], In October 2013 Baraka introduced his program to deal with crime and gang violence in the city, the Ras Baraka Blueprint to Reduce Crime and Violence in Newark[67] It includes "Project Chill", which incorporates elements similar to Boston's Operation Ceasefire and other engagement with gang members and intervention programs. [74], In Fall 2014, Baraka started the Model Neighborhood initiative, which increased police presence in troubled neighborhoods. [25][26], On May 13, 2014, Baraka was elected mayor of Newark. [11], Since its inception in 2004 Baraka has participated in the National Political Hip-Hop Convention. The mayor, elected at-large, serves a three-year term. [83] The United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey is investigating the matter. Oops! It is considered one of the city's greatest assets. Six council members, elected from separate districts, serve staggered two-year terms. Teams of consultants have suggested numerous management reforms from the top down, but according to Ras Baraka, echoing concerns of many residents, they have ignored the community and the needs of children and wishes of families in the neighborhoods. A New Jersey State Comptroller report issued in February 2014 revealed irregularities and corruption within the Newark Watershed and Development Corporation, which is the process of being dismantled after being taken over by the city. 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[93], In November 2017, Baraka and his campaign treasurer were issued a 28-count complaint by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, alleging they violated campaign finance rules in the 2014 mayoral election, mainly for failure to fully disclose the source of $396,000[94] in campaign donations in the expensive and tightly-contested campaign.[95]. Ken Gibson, Newark’s first black mayor, elected in the wake of the city’s turbulent riots, died Friday. [3] [22], In December 2013, the Communication Workers of America, a trade union which counts 2000 members living, and thousands more working in Newark, endorsed Baraka. Baraka's son Jua Nyamekye Imamu Kofi Baraka was born in 2019[100]. By 2015, FNF and its partners will have spent $200 million. Buy. In 2019, Mayor Clifton was elected to his first term in his current position. Mayor Clifton moved to Newark in 1992 and won his first term on Council in 1997. [53][54] The plan will require some students to leave their neighborhoods and travel across the city, with many parents fearing for their safety. A panel of scholars discussed the tenure and impact of Kenneth Gibson, elected in 1970 as Newark's first Black mayor and the first Black mayor of any major Northeastern city. [68][69][70][71][72][73] As of June 30 there had been 43 homicides in 2014. Ras Jua Baraka (born April 9, 1970[1][2]) is an American educator, author, and politician who is the 40th and current Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. [79][80][81] In March 2014, Baraka called for a forensic audit of the agency. Baraka was featured on singer Lauryn Hill's 1998 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, as the narrator of several interludes on the album. Newark Mayor Jeff Hall was born and raised in Newark and is a fourth generation resident of the community. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's fight for police reform seems to have been ordained by family history and by his own sometimes traumatic encounters with police. [46][47][48][49][50][51] The plan would also include teacher lay-offs. [12], In 2019 Baraka released the spoken word video What We Want. He won reelection in the 2018 mayoral race. Newark small business owners who disobey the city's coronavirus curfew rules will not be eligible for a new program offering thousands of dollars in financial assistance, Mayor Ras Baraka has warned. ", "5 things you might not know about Ras Baraka", "Newly elected Newark mayor inherits challenges", "After Cory Booker Departs, a Radical Poet's Son Rises as Mayor of Newark Ras Baraka wants to reclaim New Jersey's largest city from charter schools and Wall Street", "Election in Newark: Was Ras Baraka's win a referendum on Cory Booker? [20][21] Baraka's slate for the municipal council included John Sharpe James (council member-at-large running for South Ward), Mildred C. Crump (council member at-large incumbent), Alturrick Kenney (at-large candidate), Patrick Council (at-large candidate) and Joe McCallum (West Ward candidate). This communications network of sidewalk kiosks provides Newark residents and visitors with free, gigabit Wi-Fi, mobile device charging, phone calls to anywhere in the U.S., access to municipal services, maps and directions, and real-time local information on city streets at no cost to taxpayers or users. [43][44] The foundation was a short-term philanthropic "shot in the arm". [33], The Newark Public Schools system (serving approximately 40,000 students)[34] was placed under state control in 1994. [29], On May 28, 2014 Baraka announced his transition team, headed by former mayor Kenneth Gibson, comprising sixteen committees that will report to him before his inauguration.[30]. He was previously a member of the Municipal Council of Newark and the principal of the city's Central High School until he took an indefinite leave of absence to run for the 2014 Newark mayoral election, which he won on May 13, 2014. [52] While there is some agreement with many of the policies being implemented in the program, the disregard for community input and the pace of change has drawn criticism. The Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka. [10] His father, the late Amiri Baraka, was a legendary poet and playwright. The state will hire a private firm to oversee the city's financial management and compliance. [8], Baraka dedicated his collection of poems Black Girls Learn Love Hard to the life of his late sister, Shani Baraka,[1][9] who had been fatally shot in 2003. A native of Newark, whose family has lived in the City for more than 80 years, Mayor Baraka’s progressive approach to governing has won him accolades from grassroots organizations to the White House. [31], During his tenure as mayor he has earned praise for improving Newark’s economic prospects. Baraka appointed his brother, Amiri "Middy" Baraka, Jr. as his chief of staff. Baraka and Hill recorded an unreleased single together entitled "Hot Beverage in the Winter", which later featured on his spoken-word album Shorty for Mayor. The deal calls for Uber to pay Newark $1 million a year for 10 years for permission to operate at Newark Liberty International Airport, which serves the New York City region and is one of the busiest airports in the nation. Newark students shared some of … The Mayor of Newark is elected for a four-year term. "Christie, Baraka, DiVincenzo discuss Newark's future. The allegation is being investigated by the United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Incumbents East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. and At-large Councilman Carlos Gonzalez were also re-elected on Shavar Jeffries' ticket. Ras J. Baraka is the 40th Mayor of the City of Newark. Mayor's friend accused of violating probation. [7] He also recorded the intro to The Score, The Fugees' second album. Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Senior Services. Newark’s positivity rate was at 16%, according to data the mayor released on Monday, and has a population of about 280,000. Something went wrong while submitting the form. [64] Anderson resigned in June 2015. [84], In August 2014, citing a $30 million deficit in the city's 2013 budget and an anticipated $60 million deficit for 2014, Baraka said that Newark would likely have to ask for emergency aid from the state, which, if received, would require state oversight and involvement in the city's financial affairs. Ras J. Baraka is the 40th Mayor of the City of Newark. Baraka is the father of three daughters Amandla, Assata, Raisa[96]. [15], Baraka ran his first campaign for mayor when he was 24 years old, in 1994. NEWARK — Alan L. Nagy is a name Newark voters have seen on their ballots election after election since 1980. As part of his commitment to strengthen Newark’s position in the expanded technology space, the City launched LinkNWK (pronounced Link Newark). The current mayor Ras Baraka was first elected in the Newark mayoral election on May 13, 2014. [35][36][37] Newark is one of 31 "Abbott", or "SDA district"[38] which requires the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.[39]. The test positivity rate in Newark is 21%, twice that of the state, Mayor Ras Baraka announced in a statement on Saturday. Newark Mayor Election Results - Newark, CA - Newark Patch's live roundup of Tuesday's election results for Nov. 3, 2020. Newark, NJ — November 23, 2020 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Believe in Newark Foundation, Shop-Rite of Newark, HelloFresh, Green Giant, Pepsi, Sylvia’s Soul Food Products, Bindi North America, Inc., Baldor Specialty Foods, and The Brantley Brothers Transportation Company distributed close to 6,000 turkeys and additional food products to Newark residents at TREC on 55 Ludlow Street, Newark … Jerry Clifton, a fixture in Newark politics for more than two decades, was elected mayor in Tuesday’s election. [24] In March he was endorsed by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. He … The mayor was and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose made the announcement on Saturday. With a forward-thinking agenda that reduced crime to its lowest levels in five decades, addressed affordability while maintaining steady growth, lowered unemployment, and returned local control of schools after more than two decades, Baraka has defied expectations since taking office in 2014. Ras Jua Baraka (born April 9, 1970 ) is an American educator, author, and politician who is the 40th and current Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. [76] In May 2014, Baraka introduced a resolution adopted by the municipal council that would affect an estimated one thousand Newark homeowners threatened with foreclosure, giving the city legal authority to purchase home with underwater mortgages through eminent domain and refinancing them. Baraka was sworn in as the city's 40th mayor by former Governor of New Jersey Richard Codey at ceremonies at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on July 1, 2014 for a four-year term. Live. [27], Transition team and municipal council composition, Soon after winning the election, Baraka had initiated meetings with Cory Booker on May 19[28] with Governor Chris Christie, and Essex Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. on May 21. [77] it is estimated that more than 50% of Newark homes are financed by underwater mortgages, partially as a result of the 2010 United States foreclosure crisis. [61] Anderson's contract was renewed in June 2014. Newark mayor interview on WBGO Baraka said that the stronger measures begin next week on the day before Thanksgiving. Is Brick City too rough for media liberals? [85][86][87] That same month, the city auctioned properties, most of which had been foreclosed, in an attempt to raise funds. He was editor of In the tradition: an anthology of young Black writers (1992). The Village Board is the governing body of the Village of Newark. In Newark, Mayor Al Nagy, who has been at the helm since 2011 and on the council since 1980, appeared on his way to easily winning his 13th consecutive election. Baraka was sworn in as the city's 40th mayor at ceremonies at the New Jersey Performing Arts Centeron July 1, 2014, for a four-year term. [6], A Newark native, Baraka is the son of poet and activist Amiri Baraka and his wife Amina. He succeeds Luis A. Quintana, after completing the term of Cory Booker, who had resigned after being elected to the United States Senate in October 2013. A native of Newark, whose family has lived in the City for more than 80 years, Mayor Baraka’s progressive approach to governing has won him accolades from grassroots organizations to the White House. United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Ras Baraka to be sworn in today as Newark's 40th mayor", "A 'humbled' Mayor Ras Baraka announces re-election bid in Newark",, "Newark residents vote in highly contested council elections in South, Central wards", "COMING JANUARY 30 – ALL NEW SEASON OF BRICK CITY", "Darrin Sharif announces run for mayor of Newark", "Who will run Newark without Cory Booker? Mayor Ras Baraka met with Newark youth for a book discussion last month. [75], Between 2008 and mid-2013, 6,810 homes were foreclosed in Newark, and citywide, and homeowners in the city and lost roughly $1.8 billion in home values. In 2013 through June 30, the city recorded 41 homicides. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Master’s Degree in Education Supervision from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City. The San Francisco-based company also will provide $1.5 million in liability coverage for all drivers in its network. At that time about 9,000 Newark residents were "underwater", where payment balances are higher than the fair market value of the property. Municipal elections (for mayor and … Baraka was educated in the Newark Public Schools and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University in Washington, DC, and a Master of Arts in Education Supervision from St. Peter's University in Jersey City. Thank you! It comes one day after … Newark City Council is comprised of six council members and a mayor, each of whom has one vote. [82] Despite protestations from the city council, in April 2014 a Superior Court judge ruled that the city must continue to fund the agency during the process. Mayor's girlfriend already dodged jail time. Mayor Luis A. Quintana, who was elected to be an at-large councilman, ran as an independent. The plan has met with stiff resistance from large segments of Newark's population, with critics saying there's no evidence it will increase student performance. Nagy held a … [1], Baraka was the principal of Central High School from 2007 until 2013.[1]. ", "Facebook Founder to Donate $100 Million to Help Remake Newark's Schools", "EXPLAINER: WHAT'S BECOME OF ZUCKERBERG'S $100M GIFT TO NEWARK SCHOOLS", "Whatever Happened to the $100 Million Mark Zuckerberg Gave to Newark Schools? Now, she's accused of assaulting a teen. [19] In August 2013, fellow council members Mildred C. Crump and Ronald C. Rice issued statements formally backing Baraka's candidacy. Mayor Ras Baraka and Mark Wade, director of Health and Community Wellness, went on WBGO 88.3 FM’s Newark Today last night to advise that residents must stay inside from Nov. 25 to Dec. 4. He attended McGuffey Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High School and completed the Newark Public School System by graduating with honors from Newark High School. The reorganization, spearheaded by state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson, would relocate, consolidate or close one quarter of the district's schools that she has determined are underutilized. The Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka. The stay at home advisory will be in effect for 10 days. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka enacted a number of stringent restrictions on Monday, saying the city’s recent coronavirus infection rate – 230 per day – … Mayor Baraka is also recognized nationally as a thought leader in the space of urban revitalization and his defiance of a hostile Presidential directive targeting the immigrant community with an executive order designating Newark as a sanctuary city solidified his status as one of the country’s most progressive elected officials. Campaign financing irregularities accusation, Nix, Naomi (May 20, 2014). [65] While Anderson's resignation made the situation less politically volatile, Baraka opposes the creation of more charter schools, and believes they come at the expense of public schools. The Village Board consists of the Mayor and four Trustees. [5] [45] Mayor Baraka was educated in the Newark Public Schools. Gibson was elected in 1970 as the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city. He served 19 years on Council from 1997-2014 and 2017-2019 with nine of those years as Deputy Mayor. ", "SCHOOLED Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark's schools. [90], In 2014, Baraka initiated a program, called Model Neighborhoods, intended to take a comprehensive approach to addressing the factors causing troubled neighborhoods. As of September 2014, the state's Local Finance Board, overseen by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, had not taken action. Municipal elections (for mayor and Municipal Council) are nonpartisan [4] and are held on the 2nd Tuesday in May. [63], Baraka has called for the resignation of Cami Anderson, the state-appointed superintendent. In the 2014 local elections four of the municipal council candidates Baraka supported won their races, leading the expectation that the elected body, in which he needs five votes on the nine-member council to get any proposal passed, will be cooperative to his agenda. With a forward-thinking agenda that reduced crime to its lowest levels in five decades, addressed affordability while … [78], The Newark Watershed comprises 35,000 acres of reservoirs and water treatment and supply systems for more than 500,000 customers in northern New Jersey including Newark and neighboring Belleville, Elizabeth, Bloomfield and Nutley. On Thursday, he held a virtual chat with students about remote learning.

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