ELIZABETH, NJ - The Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 28th Annual Mayors Dinner on Thursday evening, April 6th, in Elizabeth, and Mayor of the Year was awarded to Plainfield’s very own Adrian O. Mapp. 

When he accepted the award, Mapp said, “I could not have become Mayor of the Year without the City Council; they help me move the city forward."

Mapp added, “"I also want to thank my administration for the work they do each and every day.  I'd like to thank my wife, who reminds me every day that I am head of the household, but she also reminds me that she is the neck that turns the head.  She is at my side each and every day."

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He ended his acceptance with, “May we all unite to move our city forward."  He had been up for the award along with the mayors from Linden, Rahway and Union.

Mapp also won the award for Best Speaker of the Night.

Other award winners included:

  • Business Administrator of the Year - John Laezza, Clark
  • Economic Development Director of the Year - Richard Puschel, Linden
  • Public Safety Official of the Year - Sheriff Joe Cryan

The full press release follows.


Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Sweeps Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Awards

Plainfield Mayor, Adrian O. Mapp swept the awards at the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce Dinner on Thursday, April 7th. Mayor Mapp walked away with the Awards for Mayor of the Year as well as Speaker of the Evening.

The Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce has been around for 105 years and brings Mayor’s from North and Central Jersey together annually to compete in a friendly rivalry for the honor of Being named Mayor of the year among other things. Awards are also given to Business Administrator of the year, Economic Development Director of the Year and Public Safety Director of the year.

Mayor Mapp was passionate and riveting as he shared the outstanding progress in Plainfield in a short five-minute speech which brought the room to its feet in thunderous applause.

“It gives me great pleasure to be acknowledged in this manner," said Mayor Mapp. "What I do as Mayor, I do because I love and care for my community, the City of Plainfield. To be recognized for doing what is right and what you love is a blessing. I can’t do it alone, and I share this moment with members of the City Council, members of my administration and the people of this Queen City who share my vision for a greater Plainfield.”

Mayor Mapp was awarded Mayor of the Year for his vision and execution in creating the Most Aggressive Redevelopment Plan in Union County.