EAST ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Lester E. Taylor III delivered his first State of the City address on to the City Council and the City’s residents on Monday, May 5 in the City Council Chambers.
Faced with significant financial challenges inherited from the previous administration, Taylor laid out his vision for putting East Orange back on sound fiscal footing while providing the high quality standard of services that East Orange residents expect and deserve.
“If one word will define the goals for my Administration over the next four years, it will be ‘service',” said Taylor. "I have created a culture of accountability and performance in City government where we are focused on results and every employee shares in the responsibility of providing high quality services. Through my Office of Constituent Service and the Quality of Life Task Force we have initiated, staff will focus on the issues that affect residents every day directly at their front door.“
“For the City of East Orange to grow, we must attract economic development that increases the City’s tax ratables and support and invest in our revenue-generating assets, such as the Water Commission and the Golf Course. I am taking the difficult but necessary steps to achieve these goals,” stated Taylor.
“Certain parts of our State have water as the engine that drives their local economy. East Orange, like many urban environments has access to transportation: we must capitalize on that advantage. The City maintains two train stations with direct access to NYC in 26 minutes or less; Access to every major highway, including NJTP, GSP, Routes 78, 280, 80, etc. within minutes. My administration will aggressively market the City’s Transit Village designation and other incentives to attract high quality development to East Orange.”
Other highlights in the Mayor’s speech included his continued to commitment to serving East Orange Senior Citizens and our youth.
Mayor Taylor also discussed the need to make sure that residents feel safe. “East Orange is statistically safe, but public perception of safety and the fear of crime can derail any attempts to bring economic development and improve the quality of life experienced by residents and stakeholders. Community interaction and communication are the keys to equalizing statistics and the feelings of safety.”