See Which Newark Roads Will Get Improvements With $2.9M State Grant

NEWARK, NJ - The state has awarded Newark about $2.9 million for transportation improvements in 35 different locations throughout the city.

Newark was one of 537 municipalities to receive municipal aid grants. Under the program, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) provides 75 percent of the grant amount when a municipality awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent is given once the project is completed.

“Supporting New Jersey’s communities through funding for infrastructure maintenance and renewal is a core component of good government, and stands at the top of this Administration’s priorities,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a statement.

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Olympic silver medalist, Newark native Shakur Stevenson could face felony charges after horrific street fight video surfaces

Posted Apr 5, 2019

Newark, N.J. native Shakur Stevenson will be at Madison Square Garden on April 20 for a featherweight fight against Christopher Diaz. But the bout is taking a back seat to some very disturbing video of the 2016 Olympic silver medalist.

In July, Stevenson was charged with misdemeanor battery after a fight in a Miami parking garage.

This week, a journalist in Miami posted video of the fight, and it’s not pretty.

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Newark is Already Gearing Up for Next Year's Census Count

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka speaks at Arts High School to get residents pumped for the 2020 census count.
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NEWARK, NJ - It comes once every decade. It’s not a full lunar eclipse or a rare Halley’s Comet.

No, we’re talking about the 2020 census count.

City and state officials are making a big deal about its arrival -- even if the tally is set to start next year. And who can blame them? The once-a-decade tradition determines the number of congressional seats each state has and how billions of dollars in federal funding will be allocated.

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122 young men were murdered in Newark in a 5-year period. The latest numbers are troubling.

Posted Mar 28, 2019

Crime in Newark may be declining but the city’s youth remain disproportionately exposed to violence. It’s claimed the lives of far too many young black men.

In a five year span, there were 122 young male homicide victims between the ages of 15 to 24, according to sobering findings from the Advocates for Children of New Jersey. The Newark Kids Count report, released Thursday, shows homicide is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for the city’s young men, accounting for about 75 percent of those fatalities.

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Mayor Baraka Endorses Moving Newark Schools Forward Slate

Moving Newark Schools Forward slate candidates pictured with Mayor Ras Baraka, North Ward Councilman, Anibal Ramos Jr., and Senator Teresa Ruiz.

NEWARK -  NJ. - Dozens of people crowded into Mayor Ras Baraka’s West Ward campaign office headquarters on Wednesday to hear Baraka, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr., and state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz give their endorsement to the Moving Newark Schools Forward slate for the 2019 school board election.

The three-member slate consists of A‘Dorian Murray-Thomas, Tave Padilla and Shayvonne Anderson. Baraka described the ticket as crucial to educating all of Newark’s youth -- politics aside -- no matter where they attend school.

A total of 11 candidates are vying for three school board seats. Leah Owens who is up for reelection, Denise Cole, and Saafir Jenkins, are running together on the  "Children Over Politics" team. Denise A. Crawford, Maggie Freeman, Priscilla M. Garces, Yolanda Johnson, and Arlene J. Ramsey are also running for this year's election. 

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ACLU Tells Newark Council President to Stop Restricting Residents' Speech

 

NEWARK, NJ - Should a person who shouts the words “damn,” “police dogs” or uses racially charged terms while addressing council members during meetings be removed by police from the podium?

The question is one that pits freedom of speech against city council policy. While shouting matches often occur during Newark council meetings, the issue has now caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey.

An ACLU attorney sent Council President Mildred Crump a letter March 11 reminding her of case law that opposes restrictions on speech, especially during public council meetings. The attorney also said police should rarely -- if ever -- be required to enforce rules of decorum in the council chambers.

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Newark School Board Candidates Debate for Three Seats in Pivotal Election

Ten of the 11 Newark school board candidates made their case to potential voters at the Bethany Baptist Church.
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NEWARK, NJ- The three school board members voters elect in April will be tasked with ensuring the district wraps up the last requirements still remaining from the state’s nearly 25-year takeover.

Ten of the 11 school board candidates made their case to potential voters last night at the Bethany Baptist Church for the pivotal election on April 16. The importance of this year’s election was not lost among candidates or voters either.

“I can't even begin to tell you how delicate and how important this election really is,” said Tave Padilla, who is running for re-election, to a packed room. “We have a Newark [born] superintendent. The next three that are on there, when the walls come down [January] 2020 -- we will be the ones that will control.”

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Newark Mayor Hints at Universal Basic Income Pilot Program During State of the City Address

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka delivers his fifth state of the city address at the New Jersey Performing Arts
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NEWARK, NJ - The city is exploring a pilot for a universal basic income program and will launch an exploratory task force to see if it’s feasible, Mayor Ras Baraka said during his state of the city address.

The Economic Security Project and the Jain Family Institute, two research groups that are backing research to better understand cash benefits, will help launch the task force. The mayor said universal basic income would be welcomed in Newark, where a third of the city still lives in poverty.

“We believe in universal basic income, especially in a time where studies have shown that families that have a crisis of just $400 in a month may experience a setback that may be difficult, even impossible to recover from,” Baraka said during his speech at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Universal basic income is a cash benefit that could have several different forms, but it's generally a government-funded program that provides residents a guaranteed source of income. 

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'Stop Screwing Around:' Big Names in Newark's Development Call for Better Mass Transit

L -R:Onyx Equities Co-Founder John Saraceno; NJPAC Real Estate VP Timothy Lizura; Karl Frederic, of Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf; Paramount Assets VP Richard Dunn; SJP Properties VP Peter Bronsnic
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NEWARK, NJ - One thing that could make Newark more attractive to prospective tenants? Beefing up mass transit, according to some big names involved in the city’ development.

A panel of developers was asked about the future of the city during the Newark Regional Business Partnership’s real estate market forecast on Thursday. While their outlook was bright -- pointing to a robust labor market in technology, a decrease in crime and the national spotlight that Amazon’s HQ2 search brought -- transportation was one of the key challenges.

Several of the panelists are working on developments in the downtown whose tenants would rely heavily on mass transit. Onyx Equities co-founder John Saraceno, whose investment company is involved in a joint venture to purchase three Gateway Center buildings, chastised the condition of Newark Penn Station.

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City agrees to lease back parking lot for $27M that it sold for $1

Updated March 7, 2019

Newark will pay $27 million over 30 years to rent property that it sold for $1 in 2017, according to a deal the city council approved on Wednesday.

The city will rent 258 parking spaces and office buildings on 43-67 Green Street from the Newark Parking Authority, an autonomous public agency that plans to redevelop the land.

But the agreement raised eyebrows among some members of the council and the public who questioned why the city had not kept and developed the property itself, instead of selling it to the parking authority.

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