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Plainfield's Mayor Mapp: Washington is Broken; Cities Must Mobilize

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Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: City of Plainfield
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The first seven months of the 45th presidency has been turbulent, to say the least, it has been overshadowed by investigations, allegations, whispers of conspiracy and sensational firings. These events seem ripped from the script of the latest political TV series rather than reality.

As each day passes, cities around the country are beginning to realize that to survive they need to mobilize. The support, guidance, and leadership that usually comes from Washington is absent; it is broken. 

We Americans know something about surviving through hardships; we weathered the great depression in the 1920's and went on to rebuild one of the greatest and strongest democracies in the world. More recently, we navigated our way through the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 that caused a severe recession from which some are still recovering but which, with our natural resilience we faced head on and went about the task of recovering, rebuilding and restoring.

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When the going gets tough, Americans know how to dig deep to summon the strength needed to confront difficult challenges with confidence, and firm determination. The budget proposed by President Trump will cut funding to many essential community programs and impact education, social services, and healthcare.

As your Mayor, it is not my job to be a mouthpiece for doom and gloom; it is my obligation and duty to work hard to find alternate solutions for our residents. We are sharing ideas with the leadership in other cities and seeking innovative and creative ideas to shield and counteract the negative impact of the decisions coming down from Washington. My administration is thinking outside the box as we mobilize to ensure that the impact here in Plainfield is minimized as much as possible.

As we work on a grassroots level to keep our country secure and competitive, it is even more important for everyone to contribute. We need volunteers to work on our committees, share their ideas, and to be part of the movement to keep our city moving forward. Our solidarity is vital as we are forced to become more self-reliant and self-sufficient. 

Without inward unity, there can be no outward strength. It's time for Plainfield to step into the actualization of its full potential; It's time to ride our Renaissance into the annals of history, it's time to step up and understand that every single action can make a difference. We are small, but we can be mighty; we are diverse, but we can be united; we are changing, but we can maintain our strength and vibrancy; we are set upon, but we are not powerless; we are pressured, but we are not weak.

Plainfield, there are no Washington games in City Hall, we are about service, real leadership, and growth and we will not be broken. Collaboration, cooperation, and unity are the keys to keep our city and our country moving forward.


Creating One Plainfield, One Future...

 

 
 
 
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield

 

Washington está quebrado - las ciudades deben movilizarse

Estimado Plainfield,

Los primeros siete meses de la 45 ª presidencia han sido turbulentos. Ha sido eclipsado por investigaciones, alegatos, rumores de conspiración y terminaciones sensacionales. Estos eventos parecen como el guión de la última serie de televisión política en lugar de la realidad. 

A medida que pasa cada día, las ciudades de todo el país están empezando a darse cuenta de que necesitan movilizarse para sobrevivir. El apoyo, orientación y liderazgo que por lo general viene de Washington está ausente, y roto. 

Nosotros los americanos sabemos algo sobre sobrevivir a través de las penurias; sobrevivimos la Gran Depresión en los años 1920 y reconstruimos una de las democracias mayores y más fuertes en el mundo. Más recientemente, hemos navegado nuestro camino a través de la crisis de la vivienda de 2008 que provocó una grave recesión de la que algunos aún se están recuperando, pero con nuestra resiliencia natural nos enfrentamos a ella y comenzamos a recuperar, reconstruir y restaurar.

Cuando los tiempos son difíciles, los estadounidenses saben cómo reunir la fuerza para enfrentar los desafíos difíciles con confianza y determinación firme. El presupuesto propuesto por el Presidente Trump va a cortar los fondos para muchos esencial programas comunitarios y afectará a la educación, servicios sociales y asistencia médica.

Como su alcalde, no es mi trabajo ser una voz de la perdición y la tristeza; es mi obligación y deber de trabajar duro para encontrar soluciones alternativas para nuestros residentes. Estamos compartiendo ideas con el liderazgo en otras ciudades, y estamos buscando ideas innovadoras y creativas para contrarrestar el impacto negativo de las decisiones que vienen de Washington. Mi administración está trabajando y movilizando para asegurar que el impacto aquí en Plainfield sea minimizado tanto como sea posible.

Mientras trabajamos a nivel local para mantener a nuestro país seguro y competitivo, es aún más importante que todos contribuyan. Necesitamos voluntarios para trabajar en nuestros comités, compartir sus ideas, y ser parte del movimiento para mantener nuestra ciudad avanzando. Nuestra solidaridad es vital ya que estamos obligados a ser más independientes y autosuficientes. 

Sin unidad interna, no puede haber fuerza exterior. Es hora de que Plainfield entre en la actualización de todo su potencial; es hora de continuar nuestro renacimiento en los anales de la historia, y es hora de entender que cada acción puede hacer una diferencia. Somos pequeños, pero podemos ser poderoso; somos diversos, pero podemos ser unidos; estamos cambiando, pero podemos mantener nuestra fuerza y vitalidad; somos presionados, pero no somos débiles.

No hay juegos de Washington aquí en el Ayuntamiento de Plainfield. Somos sobre servicio, liderazgo real y crecimiento, y no estaremos rotos. La colaboración, la cooperación y la unidad son las claves para mantener nuestra ciudad y nuestro país avanzando.

Creando Un Plainfield, Un Futuro 

 
 
 
Alcalde Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield

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