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! 

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


In Memoriam...15th Anniversary

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Union Keeps Us Strong

 "Labor can never be respected where the laborer is despised." 
--Frederick Douglass, from "Self-Made Men," 1872

At this time last year, I was still leading the charge on the city council to pass the Earned Sick Leave ordinance in Plainfield to protect our most vulnerable workers. After several more months of obstructionism and excuses, and with the added vote of new Councilman Barry Goode, we finally got enough votes to pass the ordinance.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Plainfield Outdoor Movie Nights: "Daddy's Home" Thursday, August 18 at Plainfield High School

Plainfield Outdoor Movie Nights will have its final showing of the summer this week with Daddy's Home, scheduled for this Thursday, August 18 at Plainfield High School (950 Park Avenue) at 8:30 pm--dusk, for best viewing.*  Bring your chair, some extra snacks, maybe a little bug spray, and enjoy being outdoors. The sound system and screen are awesome. Once again, the films were screened at a variety of locations throughout the Plainfield community, with a focus on kids, teens, and adults. Enjoy! 

*NOTE: The Rain Date is set for the Friday immediately following the original movie night--i.e., the rain date for this Thursday's screening would be Friday, August 19.