The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A "Bigly" Sign of Ignorance

The ignorance regarding Caesarean section birth is stunning, and only exceeded by the awfulness of the graphic language used to describe it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Join us tonight, starting at 8:00 pm! 
We will be projecting the live-stream debate at 12 x 12 feet--gigantic screen!
Come enjoy refreshments and camaraderie as we head into the final 2 weeks!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DEBATE WATCH with Rebecca, Charles, and the Democrats!

Join us this Wednesday evening, October 19th, starting at 8:00 pm--let's support Hillary in demolishing Trump's election chances!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Plainfield is Our City--Public Safety Affects Us All

As an elected official in Plainfield, it is my responsibility to provide representation to the residents in the Second and Third Wards, in particular, as I am the at-large councilor for those wards.* However, my votes on resolutions and ordinances, and especially on the annual city budget, affect all residents, so I view the entire city as my responsibility. Further, I feel that in order to be a good councilor, I should be an active and involved member of the community, showing up at and participating in as many events--all across the city--as my work schedule permits.  

It is my duty to show up at council meetings fully prepared--meaning that I have read my packet, that I have a set of questions ready to ask, to offer insights and input, to vote in the best interest of my constituents, and to deliver a monthly Public Safety report. This evening, I will provide updates, as always, on public safety efforts in our city--including the plans for Halloween patrols this year. 

We have a wonderful city, with great residents--unfortunately, there is a small contingent of individuals who do not believe in the idea of "community" and who wish to perpetrate violence as a way of settling beefs, protecting illegal activities, and who do not care about potential victims of their violence. In addition, guns continue to come into our communities--each month, I report on the number of guns recovered, but perpetrators still manage to get them. Plainfield does not have a gun manufacturing company, so where do the guns come from? Why are they still accessible? Our congresswoman, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, has made strengthening federal gun control laws to reduce gun violence a priority. The recommendations and action items from the report of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which I have reported on in the past, are a part of what the Plainfield Police Division is implementing as they complete the accreditation process.

We, as residents, can help--as Director Riley continues to stress: "If you see something, say something." Anonymous crime tips can be reported by calling (908) 753-8477 or by emailing the PPD at 

It is our responsibility to assist the police as they work to keep us safe, and to ensure that our young people, like those pictured above, can enjoy all that our city has to offer in a safe and nurturing environment. It is my pledge to continue my service as an active presence in Plainfield and to provide the same high level of constituent service that my constituents have come to expect from me since 2011, when I was first elected. 

All best,


*As no one filed to run against me in the general election on November 8, I will become the citywide at-large councilwoman on January 1. I will win, barring a massive write-in campaign--highly unlikely.



Sunday, September 25, 2016


"If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn't matter who we elect -- read up on your history. It matters. We've got to get people to vote. I will consider it a personal insult -- an insult to my legacy -- if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote." --President Barack Obama

Donald Trump and the Republicans are committed to undoing the progressive agenda and legacy of President Barack Obama. A Trump victory would devastate cities like Plainfield. That's why it's important to heed President Obama's words above as we work to get Hillary Clinton elected as the first woman President in our country. Hillary and all the Democrats in Column A--including our Congresswoman, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Charles McRae and me here in Plainfield--need you to volunteer as we work to keep the White House Democratic. 

Volunteering is rewarding: you can make a difference, make new friends who share your Democratic values, and help make history by electing Hillary Clinton at the same time. Just come down to the Official Plainfield Democratic Headquarters, at 31 Watchung Avenue (right across Front St., next to the municipal lot) from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm to help us get Hillary elected. Click on the link to go to the website of the Plainfield Democratic Party: Plainfield Democratic Party. Feel free to send me an email at to let me know of your availability!

I'm with her, Charles is with her--are you with us? Because...we're with her!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Free Event: "Plainfield Plays Tennis" - Sunday, 9/25 at Van Blake Courts

Plainfield Plays Tennis--this free event is scheduled for Sunday, September 25 from 3:00 - 8:00 pm at the Donald Van Blake Tennis  Courts. You can register the day of the event--registration forms will be available on site. Contact the Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 753-3096 for more information! Come get your game on!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Career and Job Fair in Plainfield on Thursday, September 15

This Thursday, September 15, the City of Plainfield will host another job fair at Plainfield City Hall. Click the flier below for additional details. I encourage everyone who is currently looking for employment to take advantage of this opportunity, and to encourage others, especially our young people who need employment, to come to this job fair and meet with prospective employers. Also, interview skills, resume help, and additional support resources will be provided!

Click on this link for additional job fairs in municipalities throughout New Jersey: Job Fairs and Upcoming Events