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Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Council Monday; New dynamics?

City Council reorganizes at 7 PM Monday.

A new Plainfield City Council will reorganize itself tomorrow (January 9, 7:00 PM).

Composed of four allies of Mayor Adrian Mapp -- Councilors Barry Goode, Charles McRae, Cory Storch and Rebecca Williams -- and with the selection of a replacement for Williams to raise tht number to five, the dynamics of 2017's meetings look to be significantly different that in the past.

Ward Councilor Bridget Rivers, who as Council president for several years and as whip for a four-person majority last year, will find herself in a much-reduced position to obstruct the mayor's policies, what with her only likely ally to be Ward 1 Councilor Diane Toliver.

Both Ward 3 Councilor Gloria Taylor, who chose not to run for another term, and at-large Councilor Tracey Brown, who lost in the June primary to Williams, are no longer part of the meeting calculus.

Besides ceremonial matters, including the selection of a person to fill the vacant Wards 2/3 at-large seat and the swearing in of new Councilors McRae and Williams, there will be annual appointments of attorneys, prosecutors and judges, and annual contract renewals.

The Council President also traditionally allots time for the Mayor's to make remarks (Mayor Mapp's formal State of The City Address will take place later in a separate venue).

The Council will next meet on Tuesday, January 17 (Monday is MLK Day), for a combined agenda/business meeting.

The Courthouse/Council Chambers are located at Watchung Avenue and East 4th Street. Parking available on the street or in the lot across from the Police Station.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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