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CITY OF NEWARK HAS ACTIVATED A “CODE RED” AND URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS DURING HEAT WAVE AND USE COOLING SITES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND ALL RESIDENTS

Newark, NJ – May 21, 2022 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Mark J. Wade announced that the City of Newark has activated a “Code Red” starting today, Saturday May 21, 2022 through Sunday, May 22, 2022 . Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid 90°F with the Heat Index climbing to 98°F over the next two-day period.
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MAYOR BARAKA AND JPMORGAN CHASE ANNOUNCE $150,000 COMMITMENT TO NEWARK SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Newark, NJ – May 19, 2022 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Board of Education Superintendent Roger León, and JPMorgan Chase’s Global Head of Corporate Responsibility Demetrios Marantis launched the financial firm’s national $20 million, five-year philanthropic investment to support summer youth employment programs in 24 cities. JPMorgan Chase highlighted Newark’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and committed $150,000 to it. The announcement took place at Dr. Marion A. Bolden Student Center, located at 230 Broadway in Newark’s North Ward.
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GREAT POINT STUDIOS AND NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PARTNER WITH LIONSGATE TO OPEN 12-ACRE TV AND FILM COMPLEX IN NEWARK

Newark, NJ-May 17, 2022 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Great Point Studios, a studio investment/management business specializing in film and television infrastructure, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark’s anchor cultural and civic institution, today announced a partnership between Great Point Studios and NJPAC with global content leader Lionsgate to build a major new production facility in Newark. The facility will be owned and operated by Great Point Studios. As the facility’s long-term anchor tenant, Lionsgate will receive naming rights to the studio. NJPAC will manage public affairs and community relations for the studio and create educational programs and internships for Newark high school and college students.
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MAYOR BARAKA ANNOUNCES PROJECTS TO BE BUILT UNDER AFFORDABLE NEWARK, CITY’S $20 MILLION INVESTMENT IN HOUSING MOST RESIDENTS CAN AFFORD

Newark, NJ- May 12, 2022—Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced the projects that will be built under Affordable Newark, his $20 million housing initiative targeted to Newark families earning $32,000 or less, 30 percent of the area median income (AMI) for a family of four, in a press conference at 2-18 Stratford Place. These buildings are now in the process of renovation to quality affordable housing. At the event, the mayor said that more than one third of the Affordable Newark housing will be created by minority and women developers and co-developers (MWBE).
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MAYOR BARAKA AND SAINT ELIZABETH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT CROSBY ANNOUNCE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR GUARANTEED EDUCATION PILOT PROGRAM THAT WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN A DEBT-FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION

Newark, NJ – May 9, 2022 – At a City Hall press event today, Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined with Saint Elizabeth University (SEU) President Gary B. Crosby, Ph.D.; members of the Newark Municipal Council; Newark Board of Education Superintendent Roger León; New Jersey Deputy Secretary of Higher Education Kathleen Comanto, to introduce the Newark students selected for the Guaranteed Education Pilot Program. Through this program, the City of Newark’s Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery and The Brick City Peace Collective, in partnership with Saint Elizabeth University, will support 40 at-risk students by providing a debt-free four-year college education through a $1 million grant from the City of Newark, led by Mayor Baraka.
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MAYOR BARAKA JOINS NEWARK HOUSING AUTHORITY TO DEMOLISH WEST SIDE VILLAGE COMPLEX TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW LUXURY AFFORDABLE SENIOR COMMUNITY

Newark, NJ – May 9, 2022—Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined the Newark Housing Authority and other dignitaries to launch the demolition of 48 units at the vacant 2.3-acre public housing site formerly known as West Side Village today. The land will become the host of a new affordable 176-unit senior citizen housing community to be known as Highland Views.
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MAYOR RAS J. BARAKA'S STATEMENT ON LEAKED SUPREME COURT OPINION ON ROE V. WADE

“I am appalled at the leaked draft opinion that suggests a majority of the Supreme Court is ready to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing the right to an abortion. Abortions should be a universal right of all women, regardless of politics or what state they live in, which is why Roe v. Wade should be upheld by the Court. Unwanted and unintended pregnancies can potentially result in an increase in women delaying prenatal care, higher risk of medical complications for mom and baby, mental health issues (often long-term), including postpartum depression. This is harmful as it can lead to the criminalization of those who are marginalized and target those that have less access to financial resources who may seek out abortions in other ways such as through ‘back alley’ abortions.
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MAYOR BARAKA ANNOUNCES WIDE-RANGING RESPONSE TO COMBAT CORPORATE PURCHASE OF OWNER-OCCUPIED HOMES AND THEIR CONVERSION INTO RENTALS

Newark, NJ – May 4, 2022 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced a wide-ranging package of proposed measures to mitigate the effects of the purchase of owner-occupied homes by large-scale investors in a press conference at City Hall. The proposed initiatives are in addition to the Mayor’s numerous programs to increase homeownership, prevent evictions, avoid gentrification, and make housing in Newark more equitable.
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CITY TO HOST EARTH DAY GATEWAY TO A CLEANER NEWARK CITYWIDE CLEANUP ON FRIDAY, APRIL 22, AND PUBLIC “GAME OF EXTREMES” EXERCISE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Newark, NJ –- April 18, 2022 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that in celebration of Earth Day, the City of Newark will host two events on consecutive days. The Cleaner Newark Citywide Cleanup will take place on Friday, April 22, beginning at the Department of Public Works building at 9 a.m., and concluding with a “Grab and Go” lunch, provided by ShopRite Newark at 1 p.m.
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MAYOR BARAKA JOINS CONGRESSMAN PAYNE, SOUTH WARD PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD,AND SAINT JAMES HEALTH TO OPEN SOUTH WARD WELLNESS CENTER AT 491 CLINTON AVENUE

Newark, NJ -April 14, 2022 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., State Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz, South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, North Ward Council Member Anibal Ramos, Jr., BRICK Education Network Founder and CEO Dominique Lee, Saint James Health CEO Nicole Fields, and South Ward Healthy Beginnings Program Director Jasmine Spencer to open the South Ward Wellness Center today. The Center is located at 491 Clinton Avenue.
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MAYOR BARAKA TESTIFIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON IMPLEMENTATION OF NEWARK’S LEAD SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

Newark, NJ – April 5, 2022 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka today testified in Washington, D.C. to the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife during the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act: Stakeholders’ needs and experiences hearing, where he shared how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would help disadvantaged and environmental justice challenged communities. In addition, Mayor Baraka discussed how Newark became a national model for successful lead service line replacement by replacing more than 23,000 such lines in less than three years, at no cost to taxpayers. Last week, Water and Sewer Utilities Director Kareem Adeem testified before the Congressional Subcommittee on Environment and Climate about Newark’s lead line replacement program.
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CITY OF NEWARK TO HOST EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATION ON SUNDAY, APRIL 17, FROM 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M., AT VINCE LOMBARDI CENTER OF HOPE, 201 BLOOMFIELD AVENUE

Newark, NJ –- April 1, 2022 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles, North Ward Council Member Anibal Ramos, Jr., and other sponsors will host an Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, April 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Vince Lombardi Center of Hope, located at 201 Bloomfield Avenue, in the City’s North Ward.
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MAYOR BARAKA AND INVEST NEWARK CELEBRATE RIBBON CUTTING AT GANT-GILBERT ARTS COLLECTIVE, NEW ARTIST HOUSING DEVELOPMENT THAT PROVIDES AND ENCOURAGES CREATIVE LIVING

Newark, NJ- March 29, 2022—Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Invest Newark, the City of Newark’s Economic Development Corporation, dignitaries, and community members today celebrated the ribbon cutting at the Gant-Gilbert Arts Collective at 505 Clinton Street. The new artist housing development will provide the community of Clinton Hill and the City of Newark a new cultural art, education, residential and social center. The celebration was followed by a short performance and open tours of the ground-floor units, cafe and performance center, as well as an exhibit to display local artwork. The building will offer an opportunity to build a vibrant neighborhood that encourages the growth of creativity and arts. You can see photos from the event here.
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CITY OF NEWARK ACTIVATING “CODE BLUE” FOR MONDAY, MARCH 28, THROUGH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

Newark, NJ– March 28, 2022 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Mark J. Wade are activating a “Code Blue” for today, Monday, March 28, through Wednesday, March 30. Over this three-day period, temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 22°F with a wind chill factor dropping to 10°F with possible snow, rain, and sleet for Monday and Wednesday. “Code Blue” will remain in effect until Wednesday, March 30.
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