SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - To be a part of the borough council is not just about making decisions and creating law. It is about taking a good look at the needs of the residents and providing opportunities for those who reside and visit the area. South Plainfield Council President, Derryck White, is continuously involved in the community as an active resident and as a political representative who helps aid the council in making decisions for the greater good of the borough.
While raising a family in South Plainfield, Mr. White wanted to get involved in the community with no initial political interest. However, through his involvement he decided he wanted to run for borough council.
His aim is to provide a new sense of direction and new ideas to the council that could bring value to the community. White finds it important to continue to serve in the community in order to get a feel of what it needs from a political standpoint.
The recent homeowner’s workshop facilitated by Building Official Dominic Demico, Zoning Official Mary Frances Hildebrant and Fire Inspector John Abbruzzese, is an example of identifying community needs and acting on those needs, stated White. The workshop was a tremendous success with over 120 residents in attendance. Representatives from multiple departments and residents were able to engage in face-to- face conversation to get direction and an understanding of permits and the application process.
From an economic standpoint, White believes, “It is important to not only bring in businesses, but to retain businesses by being proactive participants in the process.” An example of this was the recent expansion of EyeKrafters at the Oak Park Commons Mall. For 2015, White intends to get property managers and real-estate agents connected with state agencies to assist in economic business activities.
White notes that South Plainfield is a customer service organization. The residents are the customers and the council role is to service them. The council members are residents too, and they want to keep South Plainfield affordable and open to involvement.
Council President White has a few words of wisdom that his mother always told him, “People don’t care what you know, until you show how much you care.” His advice to anyone looking to run for council would be to get involved and stay involved because when you serve your community you earn the right to run.