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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Plainfield's Mapp named 'Mayor of the Year'

Mayor Mapp with his awards; Public Safety Director Carl
Riley is behind him.

The Plainfield contingent poses with Mayor Mapp.

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp was named 'Mayor of the Year' at the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce's 28th annual Mayor's Dinner this past Thursday (April 6) in Elizabeth.

The good-natured competition is a feature of each year's banquet. This year, Mapp was up against the mayors of Linden (Derek Armstead), Rahway (Samson Steinman) and Union (Manuel Figueiredo).

Each mayor gave a 5-minute presentation; Mapp's highlighted Plainfield's aggressive economic development projects under his leadership.

Since Mapp was sworn in January 2014, more than fifty projects have been finished, are currently under way, or are in the planning/permitting stages. Completed projects can be found throughout the city and include a large age-restricted apartment building between Roosevelt and Westervelt Avenues, a warehouse and offices for ABC Building Supplies on South Second Street and a new Dunkin' Donuts at West Front Street and Clinton Avenue.

Developer Frank Cretella is putting the finishing touches on two project that anchor Gavett Place, steps from the Plainfield Train Station, and conversions of the former Sears store and the Red Cross Building, both on West Front Street, are proceeding apace.

This is in addition to two large residential projects on South Avenue and on South Second Street. All of this is exciting because for decades almost nothing transpired in Plainfield (the only exception being the County Office Building, which was brought to fruition by the late mayor Al McWilliams and Assemblyman Jerry Green).

Mapp's short speech brought attendees to their feet with thunderous applause (see video here), according to a press release. He was also awarded a trophy for 'Best Speaker of the Night'.

"What I do as Mayor, I do because I love and care for my community, the City of Plainfield," Mapp said. "To be recognized for doing what is right and what you love is a blessing. I can’t do it alone, and I share this moment with members of the City Council, members of my administration and the people of this Queen City who share my vision for a greater Plainfield."

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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