Government

Plainfield City Council Reorganization Meeting Held

Councilman Charles McCrae with oath administered by Courtney L. Smith Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilman Charles McCrae Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams being sworn in by Mayor Adrian Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams and Mayor Adrian Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams being sworn in as City Council President Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilman Barry Goode being sworn in as 2017 Chairperson, Committee of the Whole Credits: Jennifer Popper
Joylette Mills-Ransome sworn in to fill the 2nd and 3rd Ward City Council vacancy Credits: Jennifer Popper

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield City Council Annual Reorganization Meeting was held at the Municipal Court on Monday, Jan. 9th.  The meeting opened with a salute to the flag by the Plainfield High School Junior Air Force ROTC, and an invocation by Bishop Glen A. Colley of New Covenant Church.

Charles McCrae had been elected Third Ward Councilman in November.  The oath of office was administered to him tonight by Courtney L. Smith, Esq. for a four year term.

The Honorable Adrian O. Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, followed, administering the oath to Councilwoman-at-Large Rebecca Williams, also for a four year term.  She was also elected 2017 City Council President by a 4-2 vote, with Councilwomen Bridget Rivers and Diane Toliver opposed.  Williams thanked Councilman Cory Storch for his service as 2016 Council President, noting Storch "struck a tone of civility" in his leadership.

Sign Up for E-News

Councilman Barry Goode of the First and Fourth Wards was elected 2017 Chairperson, Committee of the Whole, by that same 4-2 vote.

Mayor Mapp then took a moment and referenced the incident that took place on Saturday, Jan. 7th at Clark's high school during the girls basketball game.  He introduced Clark's Mayor, Sal Bonaccorso, who had attended the game. 

Bonaccorso proceeded to offer an apology to the residents and school district of Plainfield, and said he truly didn't know if what took place had been done with malice.  He did, however, state that it is being investigated by a number of authorities.  Plainfield's own Superintendent of Schools Anna Belin-Pyles issued a statement about taking decisive action on behalf of the student athletes and the District.

 

The meeting then resumed, with three names put forth to fill the Second and Third Ward City Council vacancy.  Joylette Mills-Ransome's name was announced first, and with a vote of 4-2 with Rivers and Tolivers opposed, Mills-Ransome was sworn in.

Two items in particular generated more heated discussion, from City Council members as well as in public comment.  The first, broached by Rivers, was with respect to safety for both Council members and the public for those meetings held in the City Hall library.  Police Director Carl Riley assured the Council members that he and his team have devised a safety plan.

The second agenda item was the resolution granting approval for the appointment of Douglas Mitchell, Esq., not from Plainfield, as Chief Public Defender.  He would replace Joy Spriggs, who does live in town.  Further discussion among council members was tabled due to pending litigation.  Williams, McCrae, and Mills-Ransome voted in favor of Mitchell's apointment; Rivers and Toliver were opposed, and Goode abstained.  Later, in public comment, residents and family came to the microphone asking the council to reconsider their position on Spriggs.

The meeting was adjourned soon after.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

Support the Downtown on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

Another shopping season is upon us here in Plainfield and shops downtown are open for business. Plainfield has a unique mix of mom-and-pop stores that offer trendy name brand clothes and shoes that compete with mall traffic and Cyber Monday deals, perfect for anyone looking for a bargain. The importance of spending locally has never been more critical as retailers and restaurants struggle to ...

A Stroll Through Echo Lake Park

This past Sunday, I joined the Freewalkers for its Stroll & Roll walking event.  Freewalkers Yohana Maria and Risa Olinsky organized the festivities, now in its second year. 

The walk, designed to be family-friendly, and for people of all ages and abilities, began in Echo Lake Park, another gem in the Union County Park system.  The four-mile round trip trek also cut ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_9d8e453cf3136a3d0129_rec_2017_hw_helper

Thu, December 14, 4:00 PM

Hannah Atkins Community Center, Plainfield

Homework Helper

Education

Fri, December 15, 6:45 AM

Wardlaw + Hartridge, Edison

Wardlaw+Hartridge Hosting Gingerbread House ...

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_d0eb834d11fa3105a4e3_senior_center_holiday_bazaar

Sat, December 16, 10:00 AM

The Plainfield Senior Citizens Center, Plainfield

Holiday Bazaar at the Plainfield Senior Citizens ...

Arts & Entertainment

Hickory Tree Chorus offers Free A Cappella Singing Series - January 2018

December 13, 2017

The Hickory Tree Chorus chapter of Sweet Adelines International invites women singers to register for its free “Sing A Cappella Series” of vocal workshops. Women will learn to sing chord-ringing, fun-filled, four-part a cappella music, Wednesdays, January 10, 17, and 24 at 7:15pm at The Shrine of St Joseph, 1050 Long Hill Road, Stirling, NJ.  The series kicks off with a ...

Addams Tavern in Westfield Temporarily Closes for Renovations Required by Landlord

December 13, 2017

Dear Friends and Family of Addams Tavern,

We, unfortunately, announce that Addams Tavern must temporarily close for business on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, so that we can begin construction of additional improvements at the restaurant required by our landlord.  We are unsure how long this work will take, but we look forward to the completion and re-opening of the Addams Tavern soon.

We ...

Panel Discussion in Sparta: School Consolidation Complex and Costly

December 8, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A large crowd filled the Sparta High School media center on Wednesday to hear a panel discussion about school consolidation.  More than 150 people attended the event sponsored by New Jersey School Boards’ Association, according to Ray Pinney, Director of Member Engagement.

The through discussion of topic hit both sides of the issue.  “Some say it is a ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Westfield's Jackie Lieberman

This week's feature will focus on TAPintoWestfield franchisee, Jackie Lieberman. Find out what makes TAPintoWestfield.net different than the competition, what she did before coming onto TAPinto.net and how an inexperienced sales person became one of TAPinto's most successful franchisee's. 

 

When did you join TAPinto.net?:

I started as a freelance reporter in 2011 ...

'An Act of God' takes a leap of faith at George Street

‘An Act of God’ takes leap of faith at George Street Playhouse

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If anyone can portray God, it must be Kathleen Turner. Local theatre goers are fortunate indeed, to have the throaty, stage smart Turner in our midst.

Turner, of course, is not only an acclaimed actress, but a female God with plenty to say about the ups and downs of religion ...

Garth Brooks Concert

The Garth Brooks Concert- Prudential Center, December 3, 2017

When the last child cries for a crust of bread

When the last man dies for just words that he said,

When there's shelter over the poorest head,

We shall be free.

My husband, Tom, and I stood on the platform at the Menlo Park train station, wearing our black cowboy hats and jeans, waiting for the train to the ...