Mayor Baraka’s Major Accomplishments
Lowest Level of Crime in 50 Years
More than 3000 fewer victims of crimes since 2014. Homicides down 28% since 2016, Robberies down 26%. 517 guns taken off the streets including high powered weapons in 2016.
More than 450 New Police Officers since 2014
With an improving City financial picture and increasing grants,, the Police force has increased each year hiring a growing number of new officers.
Increased Trust Between Community and Police
Officers are trained in de-escalating conflict, community involvement, treating residents respectfully and restraint in use of force. Some of the Police/Community partnerships include Community COMSTAT meetings, Public Safety Academies for local leaders and residents, two community service officers assigned to each precinct, a Cops and Kids Program and a public safety smartphone app.
Undocumented Immigrants Protected from Deportation
Newark protects its undocumented immigrants from the misguided policies of Donald Trump.
Undocumented immigrants are not turned over to federal authorities unless a court order exists and a major crime has been committed. City employees including the police are not permitted to ask someone’s immigration status. Immigrants can cooperate with local law enforcement knowing that that they are protected.
Crack Down on Illegal Dumping
The Illegal Dumping Task force, identifies companies and individuals who illegally dump debris around the city, regularly receiving tips from residents who value the quality of life of their neighborhoods. They arrest offenders, tow their vehicles, fine them for the clean up and leave them facing criminal charges
Street Teams Reduce Violence and Protect Students
Street Team members are trained to defuse conflicts and offer alternatives. They steer young people toward education, employment, life skills and peaceful conflict resolution.
They also protect students as they travel to and from school. Street Team members include former gang members, the formerly incarcerated and neighborhood leaders.
Cutting Edge Law Enforcement Technology.
The Newark Police are deploying body and car cams, patrol cars with computers and license plate readers linked to national crime databases and surveillance cameras that can be accessed by residents
Returned Control of Schools to the People of Newark
Mayor Baraka won a commitment from the State of New Jersey to relinquish control of our schools. Newark Public Schools are now under the control of the people of Newark through our elected Board of Education.
Street Academy Educates School Dropouts
The Newark Street Academy helps at-risk youth to complete their high school education and gain employment. It gives participants an alternative to crime and connects them to their community through participation in neighborhood improvement initiatives.
Centers of Hope in Every Ward
These centers give residents of all ages access to City services, wellness and enrichment. They offer a variety of athletic, arts and culture, education, technology, healthy living and recreation programs.
The community schools initiative reflects Mayor Baraka’s vision for Newark schools. It is about involving parents, community leaders, teachers and administrators of the first five schools, in gaining more control over school decisions and providing students with the academic, social, emotional, and health services they need to be successful.
NAN Tech World Academy Teaches Technology Skills
This partnershjp with the National Action Network and Panasonic offers courses in web design, graphic design, digital literacy, networking and more. In a South Ward neighborhood setting, it prepares residents of all ages for employment in Newark’s growing high-tech economy.
Developers Required to Build Housing Working Families Can Afford
The new Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance requires developers of more than 30 units to make 20% of the housing affordable by Newark’s working families. Also, the city now requires that buildings receiving a tax abatement must provide affordable housing and partner with Newark contractors.
Affordable Housing Created for More than 2500 Families
Mayor Baraka is ensuring that residents of every neighborhood benefit from the surge in development. The City has programs to help families facing foreclosure to remain in their homes and provide low cost or no cost land and financial grants to help people develop homes for themselves
Rent Controls Strengthened
Landlords looking to raise rents on rent-controlled buildings must now meet a stricter threshold. A landlord must now spend 12 months worth of rent to rehabilitate a vacant apartment in order to raise the rent by up to 10 percent.
Economic Development and Jobs
Number of Summer Youth Jobs Doubled
Newark’s youth jobs program is now a unique mixture of education, workforce development and public safety. It’s no longer about just a paycheck. The program offers pathways to success through advanced academics, high quality placements that personal interests plus financial literacy, college and career readiness.
Newark 2020: Thousands of Jobs for Newark Residents
The city’s major corporations, hospitals, colleges and universities are partnering with the City to give unemployed residents training and full-times jobs with living wages. Each of the participating institutions has committed to hiring a specific number of residents by 2020.
Buy Newark: Corporations Buy More Goods and Services from Newark Businesses
The city’s major corporations, hospitals, colleges and universities are also partnering with the City to increase their level of purchasing from city businesses from an estimated 3% to as much as 20%. This will be an enormous boost to the city’s economy and create many jobs.
$15 Minimum Wage
Instituted a $15 minimum wage for City employees and is a leader in the fight for a minimum wage throughout New Jersey.
More than 3 Billion Dollars in Job-creating Investment
Since 2014, businesses have increased theior investment in Newark development. This has created a building boom creating construction, retail and othjer jobs for residents.
Jobmobile Brings Jobs and Training to Neighborhoods
Thw vehicle, equipped with computers and employment professional provides remote access to employment and training referrals, online job applications, resume writing, testing, job readiness and life skills training as well as information workshops.
Second Chance Jobs and Training for Formerly Incarcerated
The Transitional Work Program provides jobs and training for residents recently released from incarceration. On Fridays, participants attend work readiness/life skills training at Essex County college
Newark Fiber, the Highest Speed Internet in America
Newark Fiber offers the fastest internet for buildings, in parks, on the streets, and eventually in homes. The City has long been a leader in infrastructure like canals, railways, water systems, sea and air ports, and telecommunications. Now add the internet to that list. +Newark Fiber has already attracted new technology businesses to our city.
Thousands of Port Jobs Opened to Newarkers
Two marches on the Port of Newark with hundreds of residents protesting hiring discrimination against Newark residents led to discussions with the Port Authority and major Port employers. The result: Large numbers of Newark residents will be hired for the rapidly expanding number of Port jobs
Historic Reduction in Unemployment
Municipal ID Program Serves Over 15,000 residents
New Jersey’s pioneer program enables groups such as senior citizens, the formerly incarcerated, documented and undocumented immigrants to obrin official government identification cards that can be used for banking, shopping, access to city programs and more. It also provides discounts at a wide range of local businesses.
Port Authority Convinced to Extend Path Service to South Ward and Airport
City’s Low Performing Health Center Transformed to the Highest-Rated in New Jersey
With origins as a health center for the homeless, the Mary Elizabeth Mahoney Health Center has been under-utilized and criticikzed for the quality of services. Today, it has the highest rating in New Jersey and one of the highest in America.
Free Immunizations for School Children
The popular School bus Express Program has provided the school required immunizations for more than 5,000 children.
Shani Baraka Center, Help for Women and Their Families in Crisis
The unique center provides comprehensive services to help women and their families in crisis. It includes domestic violence and rape crisis response teams, child abuse and neglect teams, HIV/ASIDS Counseling and Testing, Employment and Training Case Management, Womens Health and Family Planning, grief and loss sharing and counseling, Support and Resources for LGBTQ community, and Substance abuse counseling
First City-Run Warming Shelter for Homeless
The new shelter provides residential shelter beds and an overnight walk in facility for the homeless individuals and families living on the street.
Expansion of Riverfront Park on Passaic River
The third phase of riverfront Park is now open. The four-acre expansion will bring more walking and bike paths, The Horizon Foundation Wellness Trail, a Fitness Zone®, flood resiliency features, and lighting and seating, providing residents with more opportunities to reconnect with the historic riverfront. It makes the completed portions of Riverfront Park one mile long and cover 20 acres of contiguous parkland along the Passaic River.
90% of recreation centers repaired or renovated
Boylan Street Center, Bo Porter complex, Vince Lombardi, the Hank Aaron Little League field and more, many in partnership with Newark businesses and philanthropies,
Quality of Life
Repaving More than 300 Streets
After decades in which street paving has been neglected, an agreement negotiated with PSE&G has jumpstarted street pavings in every ward.
Occupy the Block and the Baraka Train Bring City Hall to Every Neighborhood
At twice weekly “Occupy the Block” events Mayor Baraka and City officials “occupy” a city block by providing a host of constituent services, music, games and community engagement.
These events give a brief respite from crime and drugs that plague some of Newark’s neighborhoods and bring government to the people.
Arts Brought to Every Neighborhood
Murals, musical performances, art exhibits can now be found throughout the city. The arts has become a major force in the city’s economic development and the city has created special housing for artists
Partnerships with Clergy in Public Safety, Jobs, Housing, and Education
The Mayor’s Interfaith Clergy Alliance involves clergy of every faith in the progress underway in Newark.
Restored Financial Health of City
Stronger financial position enabled hiring of 450 new police officers, $15 minimum wage and paid family leave for city employees, expanded health and recreation services.
- Closed a $93 Million Deficit in less than a year
- Refinanced Debt at Lower Interest Rate