Newark, New Jersey

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Newark, New Jersey
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General information
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Mayor:Ras J. Baraka
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:9
2013-2014 FY Budget:$639.5 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:278,427
Gender:50.5% Female
Race:White 26.3%
Hispanic or Latino 33.8%
African American 52.4%
Asian 12.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.6%
Two or More 3.8%
Median household income:$34,387
High school graduation rate:70.1%
College graduation rate:12.5%
Related Newark offices
New Jersey Congressional Delegation
New Jersey State Legislature
New Jersey state executive offices
Newark is a city in Essex County, New Jersey. As of 2013, its population was 278,427.[1]

City government

Since 1953, the city of Newark has utilized a mayor-council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]


The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, drafting legislation and appointing most city employees. Ras J. Baraka is the current mayor of Newark. [2]

City council

The Newark City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2]


The city council consists of nine members. Five are elected by the city's five wards, while four are elected at-large.[2]

A full list of city council members can be found here.



See also: Newark, New Jersey municipal elections, 2014

The city of Newark, New Jersey held elections for mayor and city council on May 13, 2014.[3] A runoff took place on June 10 in the West and Central Wards. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in the election was March 10, 2014.[4] All nine of the city council seats were up for election -- four at-large seats and one seat from each of the five wards.

Councilman Ras J. Baraka won election as mayor. Council incumbents Anibal Ramos, Jr., John S. James, Augusto Amador, Carlos M. Gonzalez and Mildred C. Crump won re-election, while Joseph A. McCallum, Jr., Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, Mayor Luis Quintana and Edward Osborne won election to the council. Darrin S. Sharif was defeated in his re-election bid.


As of August 2014, Newark has yet to adopt an operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15. In April 2014, city officials announced that the city would be approximately $90 million short of its overall operating expenditures. $30.1 million came from Newark's adopted operating budget for 2013-14, which was $639.5 million, while the other $60 million was accumulated in 2014. To help offset these costs, Mayor Ras Baraka requested $30.1 million in aid from the state of New Jersey in August 2014. As of late September 2014, negotiations between Newark and the state of New Jersey are still ongoing. If the state grants aid to Newark, however, the city may be required to accept state oversight for the foreseeable future.[5] In September, Baraka also announced plans to begin auctioning off city-owned properties in order to reduce the deficit.[6]

Ballot measures

See also: Essex County, New Jersey ballot measures

The city of Newark is in Essex County. A list of ballot measures in Essex County is available here.

Initiative process

For Newark's initiative and referendum process, see Laws governing local ballot measures in New Jersey.

Website evaluation

Budget Y
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Meetings P
Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning P
Audits N
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Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget documents are posted.[7]
  • The Mayor and the Municipal Council members are listed with phone numbers and biographical information; email addresses are not posted but an email form is provided.[8][9]
  • Meeting schedule, agendas, and meeting details are posted. Minutes are not up-to-date.[10][11]
  • Administrators are listed with each department with contact information.
  • Open Public Records Act information and forms are provided.[12][13]
  • Zoning regulations are provided in the city Municipal Code.[14]
  • 2010 payroll tax booklet is provided.[15]
  • RFPs and bidding opportunities and purchasing procedures are posted; active contracts are not available.[16]
  • Tax information is available.[17]

The bad

  • The Building Permits Department is listed with phone number and location, but information regarding permits and the permits themselves are not available on the website.[18]
  • Audit reports are not posted.
  • Lobbying activities are not disclosed.
  • Check register is not posted.

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