SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Alex Barletta announced Monday evening that the Sept. 26 South Plainfield Borough Council meeting would be his last. Barletta, a councilman for the borough since 2011, and his family will be relocating to Lavallette, NJ at week’s end. The move will enable Barletta to be closer to his father and sister who reside in Manchester and Brick, respectively.
“It is bittersweet. I have called South Plainfield home for the last 49 years. I am going to miss it and I am going to miss you all,” said Barletta said, getting a bit emotional as he spoke from the dais a final time.
Barletta was born in Plainfield and relocated to South Plainfield when he was just six years old. He and his wife, Susan, met in high school and were married in 1984. They have two sons, Alex and Adam. Professionally, he has a background in the solid waste industry and currently operates his own home repair business. Barletta is also a former baseball, teener-ball and basketball coach, a member of UNICO and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
In 2008, Barletta was appointed to South Plainfield’s Zoning Board of Adjustment and served as its chair from 2010 until his appointment to the council in 2011. At that time, Barletta filled the remaining year left on the seat vacated by Matt Anesh when he was elected mayor and, that November, was elected to his own three-year term. In 2014, Barletta was re-elected to a second consecutive term.
During his tenure on the council, Barletta also served as Council President, chair of the borough’s Department of Public Works Committee, and was a member of both the Administration & Finance and Public Safety committees. Additionally, he served as chairman of the borough’s Economic Development Committee from 2011 to 2013.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with all of you … “ said Barletta, extending thanks to the borough’s police, fire and EMS chiefs, clerk, and department heads as well as the mayor and his fellow council members. “I want to thank you for all you’ve done – your guidance and your friendship - over the years. I will truly miss you and South Plainfield…I wish South Plainfield the best.”
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you and … there have been numerous situations where you’ve gone above and beyond,” Mayor Matt Anesh said. “I know it is going to be hard for you to step aside but even if you don’t find yourself living here, I know you will continue to be involved. I wish you all the best and I know we will be seeing you.”
Several members of the borough council also extended their best wishes to Barletta, including Councilman Derryck White.
“I saw your passion, your dedication - not only in getting elected, but in doing the job the way it should be done,” said White, who ran alongside Barletta in both 2011 and 2014. “I am sorry to see you go but understand … and I sincerely wish you all the best.”
Council President Robert Bengivenga, Jr., whose family and Barletta’s family ‘go way back,’ added, “You are a standup guy who knows how to deal with people and is passionate about a lot of things … I am so happy for you as you go on to the next chapter of your life …”
Barletta was currently serving the second year of a three-year term set to expire Dec. 31, 2017. With the deadline to add a candidate to the November 2016 ballot over, an appointment to fill the vacant seat for the next 15 months must be made.
Over the course of the upcoming weeks, the South Plainfield Republican Party will need to select three potential candidates; the Republican-ruled Borough Council will then vote to appoint a person during an upcoming public meeting. The appointed council member will serve the remainder of the Barletta’s term and, if desired, seek election to their own three-year term in November 2017.
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