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Newark Mayor Quintana To Lay Out Plans To Fight Spike In Violence

Luis Quintana, the new mayor of Newark. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Luis Quintana, the new mayor of Newark. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Newark Mayor Luis Quintana said he intends to outline plans on how to combat the jump in violent crime across the city over the next few days.

“The main priority in this city right now is public safety,” Quintana said.

The mayor said he wants to get more police officers on the streets, as well as re-establish ties with police departments in surrounding towns such as Irvington, WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reported Wednesday.

“What I’m trying to say is look can we all work together,” Quintana said.

Quintana is also asking city residents to cooperate more with police and called on parents and adults to set better examples for children.

“The young people they see what the adults do and they follow sometimes the adults,” Quintana said.

There were a total of 111 homicides in Newark this past year, the most since 1990.

The most recent rash of violence started on Dec. 15, when 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer Dustin Friedland was fatally shot during a carjacking in the parking garage of the Short Hills Mall.  Four people have been arrested in that case.

On Dec. 21, 18-year-old college student Reginald Terry was fatally shot at a party in Newark. Authorities announced two arrests in that case on Tuesday.

Just four days later, two teenagers were killed and another was injured in a shooting on Christmas night.  A 15-year-old boy was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder in connection with the case.

Several hours after the Christmas day shooting, three men were fatally shot and two others were wounded at a bar in Irvington.  A warrant was issued for a 19-year-old Newark man in that case.

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