Baraka to host town hall meeting on Newark violence

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for
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on November 11, 2014

In this file photo, Newark mayor Ras Baraka speaks at a press conference announcing that the Newark Police Department repeatedly violated the constitutional rights of citizens.


NEWARK — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is hosting a series of town hall meetings at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center over the next few months.

The first is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Victoria Theater.

Baraka, city Police Director Eugene Venable and Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Rutgers University-Newark Provost Todd R. Clear will be discussing public safety and violence.

Among the topics the mayor plans to address include his plan to deploy 72 percent of the police force's on the streets, community roll calls and working with other agencies to keep the airport and seaport safe.

The public safety town hall will be the first of four meetings to held at NJPAC.

“Holding these town halls at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center increases our efforts to reach out to everyone that Newark impacts in the City and beyond,” Baraka said in a statement.

Below is the schedule and subjects for the other town halls:

-Feb. 11, 2015: Economic Development

-Apr. 29, 2015: Education

-June 8, 2015: Health

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