A proud resident of East Orange’s first ward, Lester E. Taylor III, was sworn into office on January 1, 2014 as the 13th Mayor of the City of East Orange. At the age of 39, he became the second youngest mayor in the city’s history.
Under his administration, East Orange is swiftly moving into a new era of unprecedented progress and growth. Mayor Taylor’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in East Orange by providing outstanding service to its residents, community, visitors, and business partners. His vision is that East Orange will set the standard for urban excellence and become a destination city.
In his first year, Mayor Taylor has focused on quality of life issues, education and economic development to put East Orange on a path to fiscal stability and sustainability. Within the first six months and with support from the East Orange City Council, the Mayor overhauled the East Orange Water Commission and made long overdue investments in the East Orange Golf Course to re-establish those two entities as revenue-generating community assets.
His team also successfully resolved in 10 months a legal matter that had stalled progress along blighted Sussex Avenue for more than 10 years. That area is now open for redevelopment and has attracted the eye of several major commercial retailers eager to join the city’s renaissance.
Under his leadership, East Orange is leading a national labor and public health movement to benefit working families. In September 2014, East Orange became the 4th city in the State of New Jersey and the 8th in the United States to pass the earned paid sick leave ordinance, a law that will help to build healthier and stronger communities.
Through implementation of the Fatherhood Initiative, the East Orange College and Career Readiness Network, the Career Training Program and the Mentor Summit, Mayor Taylor has cultivated a strong community network of support for children and students in the city. He has forged ties with key partners and is creating new job opportunities for residents, including exposure to alternative and successful options for continuing education beyond high school. His goal is to build a stronger workforce better prepared to compete in the local, regional and global 21st century economy.
Mayor Taylor earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Montclair State University and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Both a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a Trustee for the New Jersey School Boards Association- North Region Association of School Attorneys, Mayor Taylor is also a partner at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader. He chairs the firm’s education practice group focusing on representing boards of education in matters related to general counsel services, special education, litigation, labor, employment, and workers’ compensation.
Featured in New Jersey Law Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” list, Mayor Taylor is highly regarded for his versatility as a lawyer and his combined talents as a litigator and transactional attorney.
The recipient of numerous awards for his civic involvement, Mayor Taylor is an active volunteer in the community and has served on many boards, including the East Orange YMCA, the East Orange Historical Society, and the East Orange Chamber of Commerce.
He enjoys spending the rest of his time raising his children, Amani, LT and Lena, with wife, Bibi.