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East Orange Mayor & Council to Tell Federal Agencies, “Not in Our Cities! Don’t Sell Our Housing to Wall Street” 

EAST ORANGE, NJ - East Orange joins a chorus of local elected leaders across the nation calling on Fannie Mae, HUD and Freddie Mac to sell troubled mortgages to non-profits, Not Wall Street speculators.

On 10:00 am, Thursday February 4th, Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and members of the East Orange City Council will hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall to call on Fannie Mae to prioritize the bulk sale of delinquent mortgage pools to non-profit housing agencies as opposed to Wall Street speculators. Over the past few years, the federal agencies HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been auctioning off pools of very delinquent mortgages – most often to the highest bidder. Hedge funds and private equity firms have been the primary beneficiaries.  

“The foreclosure and mortgage crisis in New Jersey is the worst in the nation,” says Mayor Taylor. “East Orange has taken this crisis very seriously and worked diligently to keep families in their homes and stabilize our hardest hit communities. The City of East Orange can build on our successes, but only if the federal agencies prioritize the sales of delinquent mortgages to local non-profit partners with a commitment to our residents and our communities. I want Fannie Mae to talk with our City and our non-profit partners before selling off one more troubled mortgage to Wall Street.” 

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“On February 4th, I’m joining with colleagues and community leaders from across the country in calling on Fannie Mae to stop contributing to the problem. Instead, Fannie Mae should be working with local leaders to develop strategies that help stabilize our neighborhoods,” says East Orange First Ward Councilman Chris James. “In the coming weeks, the City of East Orange will consider a motion before City Council calling on our federal housing agencies to do what’s right for our communities and our residents.”   

The Mayor and East Orange City Council members will be joined by residents, housing activists, community leaders and members of NJ Communities United.

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Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Offers Domestic Violence Training

September 18, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will again offer a domestic violence training program this fall. Called “Sanctuary,’’ the program is a 100-hour training program designed to equip community residents to provide crisis intervention and outreach services to victims of domestic ...

The Oranges & Maplewood NAACP Host A Justice and Equality Rally Sunday Afternoon

September 7, 2017

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Oranges & Maplewood NAACP is encouraging citizens in their catchment communities (Orange, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Livingston, Bloomfield, Belleville, Nutley and Verona) to attend a Justice and Equality Rally to demonstrate that Essex County citizens will be “Steadfast and Immovable” against racism, xenophobia, prejudice, ...

Watching Tropical Storm Jose: Could Produce Rain, High Winds in the Garden State

September 17, 2017

EAST ORANGE, NJ - New Jersey residents may want to check the weather to the track the path of Tropical Storm Jose. A forecast map that was issued this morning by the National Hurricane Center has the state on the outer edges of its possible path. Tropical Storm Jose could strengthen as it heads north through the Atlantic.

The system is still days away from its center being hundreds of miles ...

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More than 400 Expected at Saturday's Newark Walk to End Alzheimer’s

September 21, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Businesses and individuals throughout Northern New Jersey are paving the way for Alzheimer’s support, care and research by securing more than $44,000 in donations leading up to the Essex-Hudson-Union Walk to End Alzheimer’s, this Saturday at Weequahic Park in Newark. 

Fundraising on behalf of the walk, which is being organized by the Alzheimer’s ...