EAST ORANGE, NJ — Each year, East Orange residents gather and pack the auditorium at Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts to hear the State of the City. This year, in a social distance responsible approach, only a few were in the building while Mayor Ted Green's message was streamed across social media platforms.
In moving tributes to loved ones lost, including the Mayor's mother and father, there was a slide show of Cicely Tyson who died earlier this year.
Standing next to a photo of his mother, Mayor Green broadcasted his accomplishments during a most difficult 2020:
Weekly food giveaways. Rental assistance. Health Department testing. PPE giveaways. East Orange Shops Local, and more. The city was able to continue providing services while not laying people off, or raising taxes. One by one, the Mayor credited the success to each department working to defy the odds in the pandemic.
The State of the State was delivered by Mayor Green one week and a day after he officially announced his reelection campaign. Green is seeking his second term as Mayor. Running with him for council on the “Green Team” are incumbents, 1st Ward Christopher James, 2nd Ward Christopher Awe, 3rd Ward Bergson Leneus, 4th Ward Tamika Garret-Ward, and 5th Ward, Alicia Holman.
This year, Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver are seeking reflection. Known declared challengers include republicans Jack Ciattarelli, Brian Levine, Phil Rizzo, Joseph Rudy Rullo, Hirsh Singh.
Representatives of Orange and East Orange: Senator Nia Gill, Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake and Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin are also seeking reelection.
Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is running for his 11th term to date. He is the longest serving sheriff in Essex history. The only announced challenger running for Sherrif is Newark law enforcement professional, pastor, and karate expert, John Arnold.