November 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM
PLAINFIELD, NJ - Newly elected Mayor of Plainfield, Adrian Mapp, gathered his transition team together on Thursday evening for a dinner meeting at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church to formally discuss ideas concerning his governing process. There were introductions of individuals on the team and remarks from Mapp, but the main cause of the transition meeting was for the subcommittees to hold breakout sessions, and to share and discuss thoughts about how improvements could be made in the city.
Just before the meeting started, Mayor-elect Mapp sat with The Alternative Press for a brief interview. “It’s a new day,” proclaimed Mapp. “I intend to unify the city…to serve everyone…to improve the morale of the city. This is what it is about for me. I want Plainfield to know that I intend to include everyone, and to surround myself with decent and competent people.”
Among those people that Mayor-elect Mapp hopes to receive advice from is Plainfield resident and former Governor Jim McGreevey, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the transition committee. “The Governor has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and an ability to inspire,” Mapp said. McGreevey, who dropped by to see Mapp briefly before the meeting started, had a previously scheduled family commitment.
Describing the transition meeting as a “structured” process to come up with fresh ideas, Mapp told The Alternative Press that “this meeting will not involve the selection of my administration.” Selecting his administration, “will involve another process,” Mapp said.
Mapp stated his determination to accomplish city-wide inclusiveness. He said, “As I mentioned during my campaign, there is only ‘One Plainfield One Future’….. I don’t have all of the answers, but the answers are out there.”
Of some of his ideas, Mapp said he intends to improve city services, specifically, all year vegetative pick up. “The City should be responsible for providing that service on a year round basis,” Mapp said. “Also, I want to use technology to help propel the city forward. I want safety and economic development to be the cornerstone of my administration.”
Pleased with the outcome of the meeting, Mapp told The Alternative Press earlier today that he felt the meeting was successful and that it was great hearing those who participated. “It was nice hearing from those who” spoke last night "from the various administrations...and several,” he said, “were from, “Al’s administration.” Mapp was speaking of his friend, and mentor (late) two term-Mayor Albert McWilliams. “They seemed inspired again,” Mapp said.”
Mapp said that even thought, he had not yet reached out to his opponents, and nor have they “reached out to me,” he said. “I will,” he said. Mapp concluded, "I feel as leader, it is my responsibility to do so.”
On Jan. 1, Mapp will be sworn into office.