Councilman Green has been active in East Orange political and civic affairs for over twenty five years. He is a member of the Third Ward Democratic Municipal County Committee and is active in his Wards block associations and civic groups. He is a former Aide to New Jersey State Senator Richard Codey, and on January 1, 2006, Ted R. Green was sworn in as a member of the East Orange City Council representing the Third Ward. That moment was a milestone in a career that has been dedicated to public service. Councilman Green is currently serving his second year as City Council Chairman for the City of East Orange where he oversees a budget of $135 Million, and he is the former Chairman of Business and Development for the City. Prior to his election, he served as an appointed member of the East Orange Housing Authority and now sits as the Council liaison to that body.
Councilman Green recognized in his early years the need for positive programs and activities for youth in the East Orange community. In response to this need, he founded the Greens School of Marital Arts. Not only does he provide instruction and discipline of martial arts, he also offers enrichment and mentoring programs, as well as cultural activities for his students. He devotes a great deal of his time serving as volunteer in a variety of youth oriented activities that include the East Orange School Districts Black Male Institute and the Rites of Passage Youth Program.
As an elected official, he has expanded his scope of involvement and has implemented community outreach initiatives and several pieces of legislation including:
- Passed legislation to protect homeowners from foreclosure through the City’s Moratorium Act and sponsored a resolution through the Law and Legislative Committee to provide tax abatement assistance to East Orange residents.
- Co-Sponsored legislation for funds received from the federal stimulus plan to include job training and apprenticeship programming for local residents.
- Sponsored a resolution in support of President Obamas gun control and mental health initiative.
- Helped pass Ordinance 41:2015 prohibiting the sale, offer or possession of any toy gun or imitation firearm which looks real to a minor or adult within the City of East Orange.
- Developed and instituted an expungement programs for ex-offenders to incorporate them back into the community in an effort to make them assets of the community.
- Sponsored a Back to School initiative and the Fathers Walk to give fathers of the students of the East Orange School District, and surrounding school districts, the opportunity to walk their children to school on the first day of school and meet their teachers, classmates and other fathers in the community.