2024 Chairperson of the Public Safety Committee
Councilwoman Amy Lewis was born in the City of Newark, New Jersey, and was raised, and has raised her children in the city of East Orange. Councilwoman Lewis received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Caldwell University and has served on the East Orange City Council since 2016. She has served as the Chair of the Public Safety and the Arts, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committees.
In 2013, Councilwoman Amy Lewis was appointed to the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, “Labor Round Table” Committee by Senator Ronald Rice. Councilwoman Lewis is a First Ward, District Leader with the East Orange Democratic Municipal County Committee. She sits on the Executive Board of the Teamsters National Black Caucus and is the President of the Teamsters Black Caucus-Northern New Jersey.
Councilwoman Amy Lewis, who has also served as a Member of the Finance, Health & Education, and the Housing and Licensing Committees, along as a member of the Personnel and Labor Negotiation Committees, is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life for the residents of East Orange. Professionally, Councilwoman Lewis, a Teamster Union Representative and Vice President of Teamsters Local 97, advocates for 2,000+ Health Care Workers. As a legislator, Councilwoman Lewis is responsible for legislation that has left a lasting impact - including policies addressing self-destructive behavior in our Public Parks, Anti-Bullying Legislation in our schools, and reform for Public Safety. Councilwoman Lewis is proud in her continuing work in advancing better working conditions for our firefighters and police officers, which has led to the largest raise in East Orange history and the remodeling or reconstruction of three Firehouses and the upcoming construction of a new Firehouse Headquarters on Main Street.
Councilwoman Lewis is proud of originating local legislation that caps rent increases at 2% for Seniors and Disabled Citizens, ensuring our most vulnerable residents can afford shelter in East Orange. Councilwoman Lewis has also spearheaded partnerships in East Orange High Schools for National Voter Registration Day, ensuring that the next generation of engaged residents are able to exercise their right to vote.