As Taylor assumes oath, Democratic establishment recasts itself around East Orange

By Max Pizarro | January 1st, 2014

EAST ORANGE – If the late David Lean had born witness to an East Orange Reorganization meeting, the director with a propensity for seizing hold of epic subjects would likely have found inspiration to craft another cinematic masterpiece.

This time it was Mayor Lester Taylor playing the role of T.E. Lawrence, buoyed by an all-star cast including former Gov. James Florio, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10), Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34), state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34), Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, former East Orange Mayor Bob Bowser, and Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34).

“My God is an awesome God,” Taylor exulted upon being sworn in by his political mentor, Florio, whose law firm employs the new mayor.  

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East Orange council to vote on domestic violence reforms inspired by prom queen's murder

By Eunice Lee/The Star-Ledger
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on December 12, 2013

Aquilla Flood, a 17-year-old high school senior who was recently voted prom queen by her class, was shot and killed in her home June 5. Prosecutors have charged 18-year-old Almuqqadin Means, who students described as Flood's ex-boyfriend, with her murder.


EAST ORANGE — The East Orange City Council is slated to vote on a resolution next week to implement anti-domestic violence measures in the city.

The resolution, sponsored by the local group East Orange Citizens United For Change, was spurred by the June 5 slaying of Aquilla Flood, a 17-year-old East Orange Campus High student who was allegedly shot by her ex-boyfriend.

After her death, family members said they learned that 18-year-old Muqqadin Means had been threatening Flood.

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In East Orange, Taylor taps Bush-Baskette to head government transition team

By PolitickerNJ Staff | November 12th, 2013


East Orange Mayor-elect Lester Taylor today formally announced that former state Assemblywoman and Gubernatorial Cabinet member Dr. Stephanie Bush-Baskette, Esq., Ph.D. will chair a transition team tasked with assembling the Essex County city's new government.

Taylor said Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (D-34) and East Orange City Council President Quilla E. Talmadge will serve as honorary chairs of the transition.

“Dr. Bush-Baskette and the committee chairs all share my commitment to building a city government that is open, ethical and accountable to our residents,” said Taylor (pictured), who will be sworn in on Jan. 1 as the city’s first new mayor in 16 years. “I have no doubt that together we can make our city safer, more affordable, provide jobs and improve the quality of life for our families and seniors.”

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Education is the foundation of success. This is true not only with people but also with communities. Good schools develop successful citizens and thriving cities.

East Orange, unfortunately, does not fall into this category. It is not a thriving city. And, even worse, the city’s schools are failing the children. In fact, educational failure has been the norm in East Orange for a long time…too long. But, according to write-in mayoral candidate, Kevin Taylor, we can reverse the continuing decline of education and the continuing decline of East Orange.

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Developing a More Effective Approach to Fighting Crime

Two important facts about East Orange cannot be ignored. One: Crime is strangling the city. Two: Virtually no resident of the city feels secure at home, in the street, or even at work.

And one additional fact also stands out: The current approach to dealing with crime in East Orange is an utter failure.

Kevin Taylor, a write-in candidate for Mayor of East Orange, believes that the residents of East Orange deserve better and have a right to a much higher level of public safety. In addition, he feels that East Orange officials have a duty to provide citizens with a safe and secure environment.

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First White Linen Restaurant In East Orange In Decades

Friday, 04 October 2013 20:31 Local Talk News Editor


After many years, there is finally a white linen restaurant in East Orange. The old East Orange Diner and City Metro Diner transformed into a new restaurant right here on Main Street. Now it is The Soul Food Factory.

On October 2, 2013 at 11:30 am East Orange Mayor Robert L. Bowser, East Orange Council President Quilla Talmadge, Councilpersons Ted Green and Virginia M. Cross, City Planner Valerie Jackson joined with owner John Longchamp with many distinguished guests to cut the ribbon and officially open The Soul Food Factory restaurant. I have visited East Orange Diner and City Metro many times, and I think John Longchamp and his family for transforming the place into a sit-down restaurant in East Orange. This is the first white linen restaurant in the city since the inception of Local Talk in November 2000.

John Longchamp and his family owned a catering business, and thanks to his growing business, opened a restaurant between South 18th and 19th streets in Newark. Longchamp said, "The company I was working with had downsized, and I had a catering business I was running from home and it was getting big. We got a location in 2004, and that's how it started in Newark. I came to know that this place was available, and in September 2012 we signed a lease at this location."

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Kevin Taylor Takes E.O. Mayoral Fight to Montclair


The East Orange Campus High School football team lost a hard-fought contest to out-of-town rival, Montclair, last Saturday. Write-in mayoral candidate, Kevin Taylor, wanted to make sure that the residents of Essex County’s second largest city knew that he embodied that same spirit, drive and fight, as campaign staffers traveled to the game to hand out information cards.

Taylor sought to remind (and for some, inform for the first time) E.O. residents that he is still a candidate for the City’s top job. The young Jaguars were a tough, scrappy bunch who never quit on themselves or the school and competed until the very end. That is how Taylor sees it. That is also where he says the parallels to his campaign and the mayoral race end.

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