The Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce last week hosted its 28th Annual Mayors Dinner, held at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel. More than 400 people listened as mayors or their designees from 20 of Union County's 21 municipalities provided updates on the states of their communities.

Awards were given out for Mayor of the Year, Business Administrator of the Year, Public Safety Official of the Year, Business Development Official of the Year and Best Speaker, which usually goes to the most entertaining and/or imaginative speaker.

This year's winners were:

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  • Mayor of the Year – Mayor Adrian Mapp of Plainfield
  • Business Administrator – John Laezza of Clark
  • Public Safety Official – Joe Cryan, Union County Sheriff
  • Economic Development Official – Richard Puschel of Linden
  • Best Speaker of the Night – Mayor Adrian Mapp of Plainfield

"Businesses and government leaders work hand-in-hand to strengthen their communities and those partnerships lead to commerce, jobs and taxes that help ease the burden of property taxes on homeowners," said Jim Coyle, chamber president. "The Gateway Chamber is honored to represent the business community as we say thank you to these leaders for their support."

About the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association in the New York/Northern New Jersey Region, comprising 12 regional and local chambers. With 1,200 members, the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce has a 95 percent retention rate, the highest in the country.