South Plainfield – Saying now is not the time to go backward, Mayor Matt Anesh and his team this week discuss their record of results and the forward-looking agenda they are running on.

            Mayor Matt Anesh, along with Council President Rob Bengivenga and Councilman Joe Wolak, want to keep South Plainfield moving forward and continue to ‘get it done’ for our hometown.  “Our team has a forward-looking agenda,” said Mayor Anesh.  “But we also have the results to show we can achieve it.”

            “Municipal taxes, controlled by the council, are down for the second consecutive year. In fact, we are proud to still have municipal taxes at 2009 level.   We have worked hard to cut spending, keep our municipal taxes in check, all while investing in our hometown,” Anesh said.  “When our team says we will continue controlling taxes and spending, we mean it.  This is in contrast to when the democrats were last in control and raised taxes $404 in just one year. We simply cannot afford to go backwards. In 2019, our priority will be to continue to make South Plainfield more affordable.”

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            But the Anesh team’s agenda includes more than just finances. 

            “We’re moving forward on important projects for families and seniors, while keeping our hometown affordable,” added Wolak.

The following projects are just a few Mayor Anesh and his team has been able to do, while keeping a close eye on expenses:


  • Library Addition: Under Mayor Anesh, the library doubled in size at no additional cost to the taxpayers. Patrons are up 180% and programs 140%. In contrast, the democrats promised a new library for over a decade, squandered a $1,000,000 and got nowhere. The Anesh team stepped in and got it done, despite opposition from the local democrat party.


  • Willow Park: Willow Park has seen a complete overhaul with a beautiful play structure, swings and most recently the addition of an adaptive play structure. Under the stale democrat days, Willow Park was nothing but an eyesore behind borough hall, filled with broken glass, tires, and rubbish.


  • The Southside Dog Park which opened in fall of 2017, has quickly become one of the most popular parks in town. Additionally, work is underway to connect the park to Pony Tail Softball fields for additional parking.  This Dog Park was the first park added to the Borough’s roster in decades. The previous democrat administration let the polluting property owner off the hook, and left the taxpayers with a $350,000 cleanup bill. The democrats even tried to fight this park from happening.  


  • Utility Resurfacing Ordinance: In 2016, Council President Bengivenga, introduced an ordinance requiring utility companies to repave damaged roads.  This year, Middlesex Water repaved nearly six miles of roads, which saved taxpayers over a $1,000,000. The Democrats, for years, allowed utility companies to dig up our roads leaving tax payers to foot the bill.



“These are just a few examples of how we used forward thinking to get things done,” added Bengivenga. “Anyone can say they will do something, but often fail to follow through. Our team follows the motto, ‘under promise and over deliver’.”


“South Plainfield continues to have the one of the lowest tax rates in the county and no town can say municipal taxes are less than they were in 2009,” added Wolak.  “However, it’s even more important that we continue to invest in our hometown”


The difference between the two teams running for mayor and council is simple, according to Mayor Anesh: “This election is about the future versus the past.  It’s about moving forward or falling backward.  The record shows that going backward would be a huge mistake.  Let’s take South Plainfield forward.”


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