PLAINFIELD, NJ - On a crisp sunny fall afternoon, thirty-plus local residents from Plainfield’s Hillside Historic District and HANW gathered in the spacious carriage house of Peter and Libby Price to meet and socialize with Plainfield’s city representatives.
On hand were Ron West, Plainfield’s Director of Finance and Administration, Carl Riley, Director of Public Safety, Cory Storch, City Council President and Ward 2 Representative, and Council Member Barry Goode.
Mayor Adrian Mapp made an unscheduled visit and spent time sharing his vision for Plainfield, and upcoming campaign for re-election. In addition to hearing from the representatives, the residents shared stories and applauded the efforts of the Police Department's recent efforts to combat crime in the City.
Ron West kicked off the meeting by mentioning the overall state of the City, particularly the following key area of focus by the Administration:
- Maintaining the current budget surplus
- Opportunities for youth
- Community wellness in all aspects
- Improvements in the City’s Bond rating
- South 2nd street initiatives entertainment complex
Carl Riley provided an update on the efforts to combat crime by implementing new methods aimed at changing the culture within the Division and utilizing new technology for more effective policing. He also added that with a new hiring process in place, the Department has increased the police force with 18 additional newly trained officers who are all Plainfield residents. These are just few of the initiatives which have led to an overall decrease in the city’s crime rate by 25%.
Mayor Mapp shed light on the incoming City Council members and the process to fill additional seats, as well as his upcoming re-election campaign in 2017. Mapp also expressed thanks to the residents for their continued support.
Cory Storch also praised the administration under Mapp’s leadership and hopes for more that will be accomplished with the new city council members.
During a Q&A period, residents asked questions related to various initiatives such as the current South Street Development which will house 200 upscale market-rate apartments, and sale of the Muhlenberg Hospital Complex.
For more information regarding the City of Plainfield, please visit its website at: www.plainfieldnj.gov