ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The Borough of South Plainfield took first place at the State League of Municipalities for having the best the best overall Total Public Information Program in New Jersey.
Mayor Matthew P. Anesh accepted the award at the 98 annual State League of Municipalities. Rutgers Center for Government Studies and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities established the Public Information Program contest 52 years ago.
South Plainfield Municipal Clerk Amy Antonides entered South Plainfield in the contest. The 2012 Public Information winner was Jersey City. The borough was awarded two plaques. One is for being the individual 2013 winner, and the other contains 10 years worth of municipal winners by name plate. According to South Plainfield Administrator Glenn F. Cullen, "The one plaque needs to be returned to the state next year for the 2014 winner. It is like the Stanley Cup of Municipal Public Information. Both plaques will be hung at Borough Hall."
Anesh said, “I am very proud the state has recognized South Plainfield as being number one in public information to our residents. We worked hard with Nixle, Facebook, Twitter, our website, mailings, reverse 911 and other means to notify the public. It is a team effort, and the borough has a great team.”
According to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the contest was created to promote the use of successful and innovative techniques that increase government’s ability to meet citizen’s needs and improve government services. The initiatives are to increase the public’s awareness of government operations, strengthen community ties and provide useful information and services to residents.