The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Monday, December 5, 2016

Plainfield Town Hall: Thursday, December 8 at Senior Citizens Center

From the City of Plainfield:

This Thursday, December 8, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Plainfield Senior Citizens Center (400 East Front Street), Mayor Adrian O. Mapp invites residents to "A Critical Conversation - Questions for a Changing America," a Plainfield Town Hall Meeting moderated by Tara Dowdell, political pundit and principal of The Tara Dowdell Group. The panelists are: Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, City of Plainfield; Ari Rosmarin, Public Policy Director, ACLU NJ; Reverend Damaris Ortega, Pastor, United Church of Christ Congregational; Adriana Abizadeh, Executive Director, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Christian Estevez, President, Latino Action Network; Todd Cox, Director of Policy, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Ashley Vazquez, Plainfield High School senior.  

There will also be perspectives from other elected State, County and Local officials. Panelists will prepare with the following guiding questions in mind: Is there a reason for concern? If so, why? What are the powers or limitations of the Mayor or Municipality? What can be done locally to protect the rights of potentially impacted residents (i.e. the undocumented, LGBTQ, Seniors, etc.)? What is the difference between a Welcoming City and a Sanctuary City? How deep will the changes be to healthcare and social service programs, and are there options that communities can take to limit the impact? 

Each panelist will provide focus on the work of their organization, and how possible changes on the national level will have a local impact. They will share any strategies their organizations might be contemplating in light of the change in administration, and how local governments, houses of worship, community groups and residents can help shape their work around human, economic and civil rights.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Lights Celebration Tomorrow (Thursday, Dec.1, at 6:00 PM)!

The Annual Plainfield Holiday Lights Celebration tomorrow evening, Thursday, Dec.1, at 6:00 PM at Plainfield City Hall, 515 Watchung Avenue. There will be music, holiday fun, and a visit from Santa Claus! In addition, there will be one complimentary family photo, sponsored by the Plainfield Education Association. Let's celebrate the winter holiday season together!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanks, Plainfield!

We couldn't have done it without you!
Third Ward Councilman-Elect Charles McRae and At-large Councilwoman-Elect Rebecca Williams for the City of Plainfield!

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Case for Rebecca and Charles - Vote Column A in Plainfield

On Tuesday, November 8, Plainfield voters will take part in a historic election, one that will make Hillary Clinton the first woman to serve as President of the United States. In addition to Secretary Clinton, Plainfielders will vote on the future of our city. Charles McRae and I are on the ballot in Column A with Hillary Clinton, our Congresswoman, the Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Linda Carter and the Union County Freeholders. This has been quite an election season--with much demagoguery and divisiveness at the national level. Here in Plainfield, however, the choice is clear. After winning the Democratic primary, I am poised to become your next Councilwoman At-Large for the City of Plainfield. I will be as visible across the city as I always have been, and I pledge to provide the same quality of representation for all of Plainfield that I have given to the Second and Third Wards. 

Charles will bring a new voice to the Third Ward--he will be accessible, visible, and he will always put Plainfield first. Charles made a very important statement at last week's candidate forum. In effect, he noted that Plainfielders have a choice--to move Plainfield forward, or to go back to the past. Charles's opponent represents the past--a record of failure and ineptitude that marked her eight year tenure running this city. The lack of leadership in the Third Ward since 2014--the divisiveness, the rudeness, the obtuseness, the lack of even bothering to come to council meetings--will be the legacy of the past representative.  

Charles represents the future--forward progress by working with Mayor Mapp and the current administration to bring you the high quality of service that you deserve. Charles and I have been endorsed by Councilmen Barry Goode and Cory Storch, the Plainfield Democratic City Committee--led by Chairman Adrian Mapp, the Union County Democratic Committee, Congresswoman Coleman, and the freeholder board. The choice is clear: Charles McRae and Rebecca Williams. Vote Column A.





Friday, October 28, 2016

Some People Never Learn...The Very Partisan "Non-Partisan" Plainfield Chapter NAACP

Once again, we see former Plainfield mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs using the Facebook Page of the supposedly "non-partisan" Plainfield Chapter NAACP to promote her candidacy for the 3rd Ward City Council seat. I received a heads-up on the image below, which is on the Plainfield Chapter NAACP's Facebook page as of this writing. This is not the first time that she and her husband, who is the "President" have misused the NAACP name to promote political candidates. The last time was when I was running for re-election in 2014. Peter Briggs stated at the time that it was a mistake--and he was quite offended that anyone would dare to assume that he would do anything untoward. He wrote a response in the comments section of the PlainTalker II blog at the time (Saturday, 5/17/14): Mr. Goldstein, Thank you for the notification that the information was posted there. I was not aware that the information was posted but will take full responsibility for the issue. My apologies go out to all for the lack of oversight. Peter Briggs President Plainfield NAACP 

Here is the post I wrote back then: The Shameful Sham of the Plainfield Area NAACP
Below is part of what was posted on Facebook in 2014, and then deleted. But here, again, two years later, we see them doing the SAME THING. The State NAACP must be quite perturbed at the Briggs/Robinson-Briggs duo for misusing the NAACP organization's name and endangering the non-profit status of this venerable national organization with their partisan election foolishness. Here is what the NAACP says about partisan politics: 

"NAACP units cannot endorse or oppose candidates running for public office, make financial or in-kind contributions to candidates, political parties, or PACs, or engage in other activity that is designed or targeted to influence the outcome of any candidate election." 

And yet, the image above is STILL on their page as of this writing. No wonder their "leadership" of the local chapter has ZERO CREDIBILITY and is still a "shameful sham."

Halloween Activities - Public Safety Information

This Halloween weekend message comes from the Department of Public Affairs and Safety. Please note that the Recreation Division's "Trunk or Treat" event in the parking lot behind city hall provides a fun and safe option for our youngsters, rather than the traditional house-to-house trick-or treat experience. The event begins at 6:00 pm and runs until all the candy is gone. I participate in this experience every year, and it is great fun!

The Plainfield Department of Public Safety wishes to advise all city residents to be especially watchful for any signs of abnormal activity regarding Halloween Festivities on [Sunday] October 30 and [Monday] October 31, 2016.

City residents are asked to observe a voluntary juvenile curfew of 8:30 pm on both days. Additionally, parents and guardians are advised to accompany their children during any “Trick or Treating” ventures. It is strongly recommended that those activities cease by 8:30 pm on Halloween night.

There will be extra Public Safety personnel patrolling the city in both marked and unmarked vehicles. Residents are advised to immediately contact the police id they encounter any activity that is a cause for concern. Be assured, both our police and fire divisions will work diligently to prevent or address any challenge to an orderly festive event.

The public’s support and cooperation, as always, is the key component to the success of our mission. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Weekend Activities in Plainfield - Join Us!

As October comes to a close, I will be participating in several activities on this final weekend. On Saturday, 10/29, I will be at this weekend's "Operation Clean the Queen" Community Cleanup, which starts at 9:00 am, at Plainfield Avenue and 7th Street in the 3rd Ward. 

After that, I'll head over to the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation's "Doggy Howl," the dog costume contest, which is scheduled for 12:00-1:00 pm in the City Hall parking lot, located behind 515 Watchung Avenue. Parks and Recreation encourages folks to bring some pet food for donation to the Plainfield Area Humane Society. 

Later, I will be on the campaign trail, working with the Democratic Party as we make phone calls and canvass across Plainfield on behalf of the Democratic ticket, from Hillary Clinton all the way to our local campaign, with Charles and me up for election to the city council. Please join us as we make "herstory" with the first woman president! Come down to Plainfield Democratic Headquarters, located at 31 Watchung Avenue, next to Antojito's Restaurant (and the municipal lot) to make calls or help us distribute campaign literature. We're a nice bunch, and we have good coffee! Call Ron at 908-205-8984, or just come on down after 12:00 noon.

Finally, on Monday, October 31--Halloween--we'll have fun with "Halloween Trunk or Treat," with cars decorated for Halloween and filled with treats for our children. If you want to participate in "Trunk or Treat" by decorating your car, contact Recreation at (908) 753-3097. Click on the images below and print them out--we look forward to seeing you there!