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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Flor Gonzalez honored, Deputy Clerk appointed

Councilor Mapp reads Council resolution honoring Flor Gonzalez.

Longtime Plainfield activist Flor Gonzalez was honored with a Council resolution at Monday evening's meeting citing her role in the arrest and conviction of a former Salvation Army pastor who was running a phony immigration services scam.

Gonzalez, founder of the Latin American Coalition, offers services to immigrants including citizenship classes, job referrals and translation services out of her Watchung Avenue offices.

Following the Resolution, Councilor Mapp read a letter from New Jersey's First Lady, Mary Pat Christie, announcing that Ms. Gonzalez has been named a 'New Jersey Hero' on the nomination of the Union County Human Relations Commission.


Continuing his plans to modernize and improve the services of the Municipal Clerk's office, Clerk 'AJ' Jalloh got an assist from the Council at Monday's meeting with the appointment of a Deputy Clerk by unanimous Council resolution.

India Cole, who has been a mainstay in the office of Tax Assessor Tracy Bennett in recent years, becomes the first person to assume the statutory office of  Deputy (there have been assistant clerks, but the Deputy is provided for in the state statutes).

Ms. Cole will be a tremendous asset as 'AJ' continues to modernize the office and improve the delivery of services to the Council, residents and business owners of the community.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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