UPDATED: Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Unveils Plans for Commission to Review Plainfield Promise

Albert Bierstadt, "Autumn in the Sierras" Credits: City of Plainfield
Albert Bierstadt, "The Landing of Columbus" Credits: City of Plainfield
"Autumn in the Sierras" by Albert Bierstadt with Plainfield City Council Credits: Jennifer Popper

3/8/17 UPDATE:  We have received the following message from the Mayor's office:  "The City has rescinded the Complaint and order filed with the Union Superior Court to show cause for permission to sell the Bierstadt paintings."

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp attended the City Council's Agenda Fixing Session on Monday night, and spoke about Plainfield Promise, his educational plan of action to help prepare children and young adults for tomorrow.

The funding of the Plainfield Promise program was to include money collected from the potential sale of two Albert Bierstadt paintings.  The paintings, "The Landing of Columbus" and "Autumn in the Sierras," were gifted to the City in 1919 by Dr. J. Ackerman Coles. 

Sign Up for E-News

After the Mayor's Office announced that the City of Plainfield filed a Complaint and Order to Show Cause in Union County Superior Court authorizing the sale of the paintings, the public was swift to respond, often negatively, on local social media sites and more.  

In response to the collective feedback, the Mayor, sitting just in front of the painting featuring Columbus, stated that his new directive is to form a seven-person commission that will review all facets of Plainfield Promise, and that commission would deliver recommendations to him within a six month period.

TAPinto Plainfield asked the Mayor's Director of Communications if a decision has been made to rescind the Complaint and Order to Show Cause; she reported that Corporation Counsel would have to be consulted before commenting.

RELATED:  Sale of Bierstadt Paintings, Plainfield Promise FAQ'S

The full speech follows:

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp set to work with commission to review Plainfield Promise

On Monday March 6, 2017 Mayor Adrian O’ Mapp issued the following statement in response to feedback received over the proposed sale of the Bierstadt Paintings.

“It’s been said that Politicians plan for the next election but Statesmen plan for the next generation.

During my time serving the Plainfield public first as a Councilman and over the past three years as Mayor, I have held as my primary focus, a vision of what Plainfield will look like in the years to come. It is no secret that I am passionate about education, our young people and the successive generations that will come after us. For me, it never has, and never will be just about the next election.

With that being said, however, when the people of Plainfield speak, whether or not they agree with my position on a particular issue, I embrace that feedback. I don't pretend to have all the answers, and it is essential that we work together as we continue to build our great City.

In light of feedback, I've received from the Plainfield public I’ve made a decision to form a seven-member commission that will review all aspects of Plainfield Promise and deliver a report with recommendations to me within six months of its establishment.

I listen and take feedback very seriously when given constructively and in a spirit of cooperation, especially when it comes to the wellbeing of Plainfield.
We will take a new look at Plainfield Promise bearing in mind your feedback, especially surrounding the proposed sale of the Bierstadt paintings.

The recommendations made by the Plainfield Promise Advisory Commission (PPAC) will be reviewed by my administration, and we will use them as a basis for determining the next steps. We want to put together a Plainfield Promise which will place the next generation and the next, in a better position than the current one; and a Plainfield Promise which the community will embrace and work with the administration to bring to fruition.

Even as we move ahead with redevelopment projects and infrastructure improvements, we must not, and cannot make any plan that does not include a component for the development of the next generation. It has always been true that children are our future… so what future do we have if we do not work to improve outcomes for our youth here in Plainfield? Part of our focus must always be the next generation.

The upcoming election is important for our City, and we must remember that whoever is elected will have a long-term impact on how the city moves forward. While it is no secret that I would like to continue as your Mayor, I cannot hold the election as my only focus. I would do a disservice to this office if that were my only objective as I serve this great City.

So as we look to find solutions for the next generation, I hope that you see the importance and we can work together to build a Plainfield Promise that will live up to the spirit that gave birth to the idea. We cannot fail our children by focusing on short-term objectives such as an election. The well-being of the next generation must always be the inspiration behind every decision we make.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Wed, March 21, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Academy's 4th Annual Spring Splendor ...


Wed, March 21, 4:00 PM

Hannah Atkins Community Center, Plainfield

Homework Helper


Pre-Ticket Sale for Holy Savior Academy’s 4th Annual Spring Splendor Tricky Tray

Holy Savior Academy is hosting its Spring Splendor Tricky Tray Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the school.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are limited and will be sold at Holy Savior Academy, 149 South Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (cash or checks)

BYOB and food- Admission $ 25 per ...

NJ Assembly Democrats' Committees Meet Thurs, Green Sponsored 'Earned Sick Leave' Bill on Agenda

March 21, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – Equal pay for women, earned sick leave for New Jersey workers, three key gun safety bills, a bill package to address ongoing Trenton Water Works concerns, expanded medical marijuana, boosting the heat-and-eat program and protecting affordable health care highlight Thursday’s Assembly committee hearings.

Also on tap: clean wind energy, combating chronic student ...


March 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2018 – Despite her rhetoric, U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12, failed Wednesday to deliver on her promise to make schools safer for our children.

The two-term congressperson was one of only 10 representatives that voted “nay” Wednesday afternoon on the STOP School Violence Act of 2018.

The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a ...

Retro Fitness in Manahawkin Calls Stafford Police to Remove Man for Praying for Another Member

March 21, 2018

STAFFORD, NJ - Retro Fitness club member and Long Beach Township resident Craig Fasler was escorted by a member of the Stafford Township Police Department out of the gym because an employee accused him of sharing his faith in public. 

TAPinto Stafford-LBI was contacted by a Stafford Township resident about the incident that took place on Wednesday, March 21 around ...

La tienda de comestibles Canela de Plainfield acogerá el evento de la tienda Healthy Corner

March 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - EZ Ride y la ciudad de Plainfield se han asociado una vez más con Canela Grocery and Deli para organizar un evento gratuito para los residentes que ofrece muestras gratis de bocadillos saludables, cupones, una rifa saludable de canastas e información nutricional. Atlantic Health también estará en el evento con una unidad móvil para proporcionar ...

Celebrando el Mes de la Historia de la Mujer

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Estimados Plainfield,

Yo fui criado por dos mujeres poderosas e generosas, y me pasaron principios y valores que me han guiado durante mi vida entera. Mi mama persiguió la oportunidad y busco una manera de proveer para su familia. Ella dejo la isla de Barbados para poder trabajar en los hogares de los Estados Unidos, creando e allanando un camino para que sus hijos lo ...

Innovador Plainfield

Estimados Plainfield,


El crecimiento requiere evolución, la evolución implica cambio, y el cambio conduce a la innovación. Plainfield está evolucionando. Nos estamos adaptando para cumplir con los requisitos del renacimiento que está formando el futuro. No podemos esperar cambio positivo y sostenible si continuamos con el mismo ritmo de las ...

Distrito escolar de Plainfield anuncia ganadores de Feria de las Ciencias

PLAINFIELD, NJ - La Oficina de Tecnología, Ciencias e Instrucción de las Escuelas Públicas de Plainfield anunció a los ganadores de la Feria de Ciencias 2018, en una recepción celebrada el jueves 1 de marzo de 2018 en la Escuela Primaria Clinton.

Veintiocho de los 178 estudiantes en grados 4-12 recibieron los máximos honores después de presentar ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)


In Cold Blood is, quite simply, the grand-daddy of true crime writing, dubbed by Capote, himself, as the first non-fiction novel (although Norman Mailer argued the point when he published The Executioner's Song in 1979.) The conditions under which I read In Cold Blood for the first time were pretty weird, which was another ...

Ian Hockley Visits New Jersey to Introduce Program to Empower Youth

This week I am taking a departure from book reviewing to share an important program that has been introduced to New Jersey this week by Mr. Ian Hockley, founder of the Dylan's Wings of Change Foundation. On December 14, 2012, Hockley's five year old son, an autistic child named Dylan, was gunned down in his classroom in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Dylan, a shy and adorable ...

Lilli DeJong by Janet Benton

Lilli De Jong by Janet Benton (Doubleday, 2017)


“It's said that every woman's painful labor is God's punishment. Eve ate an apple, and God pours wrath on every mother. So the Bible tells it.” (p.320)

The story of Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden, which is the Biblical explanation for the extreme pains of childbirth, casts women in the role of ...

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Altria, 2015)


Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them. Even when they call it a 'senseless tragedy,' people always try to find a ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...