EAST ORANGE, NJ – Mayor Robert L. Bowser celebrated both sixteen years of public service as mayor of East Orange and his 78th birthday (Dec. 13, 2013) with a gala at Mayfair Farms in West Orange on Tuesday evening.

The event, entitled, “Celebrating His Legacy” was attended by a host of friends, family and well-wishers. Many notable political and public figures were in attendance. Among them were Douglas Palmer, former mayor of Trenton; Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin; former police director Jose Cordero; Municipal Judge Honorable Sybil Elias; and 4th Ward Councilman William C. Holt.

There was a parade of speakers outlining the mayor’s accomplishments of the past decade and a half. The tributes included his leadership as president of the National Conference of Black Mayors, founder and past president of the New Jersey Conferences of Black Mayors and president of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

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The highlight of the night’s festivities was an address by the mayor.  In it he acknowledged all the love and support he received from his wife and family, his staff and the citizens of East Orange. He recalled significant moments of his term and interaction with close allies and concluded his remarks by simply stating, “We did good.”

The Master of Ceremonies was Darryl Jeffries of DLJ Communications Group.