Mayor
Michael Giordano Jr.
Mayor Giordano
The Mayor is responsible for the day to day operations of the Borough as well as ensuring the enforcement of the legislation passed by the Council.

How Our Borough Government Works

There are three sections of the government:

    • Mayor and Administration - responsible for the day to day operations of the Borough.
    • Council - responsible for creating resolutions and ordinances.
    • Board of Education - responsible for the administration of education.

Your tax bill is actually split into two sections:  one that goes to the Board of Education and one that goes to the Borough Administration.  Neither one has any control over the other and the funds are not shared or co-mingled or transferred back and forth in any way.

The following is reproduced with permission of the North Plainfield Democratic Club:


Ordinances

The Borough Council action may take either form of an ordinance or a resolution.  Ordinances are municipal legislation, usually of a permanent effect, enacted by the Council.  There is a specified procedure for passing an ordinance.  First, it must be brought up at an Agenda Session, at which time the Council decides whether or not to introduce it at a public meeting.  The formal introduction, also known as a First Reading, requires four votes.  Following introduction, the ordinance is published in the Courier-News with reprints available at the Borough Clerk's office.  Two weeks later, the item is read again, and a public hearing is held for citizens who want to address the Council on the matter in question.  After the hearing the Council votes upon the ordinance, four votes being required for passage.  The ordinance must then be signed by the Mayor, and takes effect 20 days later.


Resolutions

Many official actions of the Borough may be accomplished by a resolution of the Council.  These include approval of the annual municipal budget, contracts, mayoral appointments, and other miscellaneous matters.  Resolutions, except for the annual municipal budget, do not require a public hearing, or a second reading.   Usually, they are read at the public meeting, voted upon, and take effect immediately.


Privilege of the Floor

Per each Council meeting agenda, a privilege of the floor is granted at the beginning of the Council Agenda Conference Meeting, at the end of every Regular Council Meeting, and at the beginning of all public hearings for ordinances and annual municipal budgets.  At these designated times, any person may address the Council through the Council President on matters of concern.  There is a five (5) minute time limit for each speaker and a person may speak only once at each occasion.  Appropriate times for public comment are clearly marked on the meeting agenda.


Executive Session

Occasionally, the Council may find it necessary to interrupt a public meeting to hold an executive session.  Generally, this is done for matters regarding litigation, contracts, and/or personnel.


Agenda Session

Before an action is taken at a public meeting, it is usually discussed by the Council at an Agenda Session.  Agenda Sessions are work sessions open to the public.

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Tuesday 12 November 2019
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Writer's Group
7:30PM
Board Of Parks And Recreation Committee
Wednesday 13 November 2019
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Planning Board
Thursday 14 November 2019
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Book Discussion
Friday 15 November 2019
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Special Needs Social Hour
Monday 18 November 2019
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Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday 19 November 2019
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Knit & Crochet
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Library Advisory Committee
Wednesday 20 November 2019
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Resume and Job Search Assistance
7:00PM
Historic Preservation Comm. - NOTE VENUE CHANGE
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Board of Adjustment
Thursday 21 November 2019
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Book Discussion
Saturday 23 November 2019
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Creative Crafts: Glitter Acorns
12:00PM - 4:00PM
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Tuesday 26 November 2019
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Writer's Group
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Municipal Alliance/Youth Services Meeting
Wednesday 27 November 2019
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 28 November 2019
All day
THANKSGIVING - Borough Hall Closed
Friday 29 November 2019
All day
Borough Hall Closed
Sunday 1 December 2019
4:00PM - 7:00PM
Annual Holiday Celebration
Tuesday 3 December 2019
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Writer's Group
Wednesday 4 December 2019
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Passport Services
7:30PM - 8:30PM
Board of Adjustment
Thursday 5 December 2019
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Architectural Design Review Board
Saturday 7 December 2019
8:00AM - 12:00PM
Optimist Club Breakfast With Santa
8:00AM - 2:00PM
Somerset County E-Waste Drop-off
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Free Rabies Clinic
Monday 9 December 2019
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Shade Tree Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday 10 December 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
The History of Christmas Carols
Wednesday 11 December 2019
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 12 December 2019
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Book Discussion
7:30PM - 8:30PM
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Friday 13 December 2019
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Special Needs Social Hour
Monday 16 December 2019
7:30PM
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday 17 December 2019
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Writer's Group
7:00PM
Historic Preservation Comm. - NOTE VENUE CHANGE
7:30PM
Board Of Parks And Recreation Committee
Wednesday 18 December 2019 - Saturday 21 December 2019
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Thursday 19 December 2019
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Best Decorated House Contest
Friday 20 December 2019
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Best Decorated House Contest
Saturday 21 December 2019
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8:00AM - 10:00PM
Best Decorated House Contest
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Adult Craft: Jewelry Box
Monday 23 December 2019
All day
First Day of Chanuka
Tuesday 24 December 2019
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CHRISTMAS EVE- Borough Hall Closed
Wednesday 25 December 2019
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CHRISTMAS - Borough Hall Closed
Thursday 26 December 2019
All day
KWANZAA
Tuesday 31 December 2019
All day
NEW YEAR'S EVE - Borough Hall Closed
Wednesday 1 January 2020
All day
NEW YEAR'S DAY - Borough Hall Closed
Monday 6 January 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
English Conversation Group
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Celebrate the New Year with Meditation
Tuesday 7 January 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Writer's Group
Wednesday 8 January 2020
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 9 January 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Book Discussion
Monday 13 January 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
English Conversation Group
Tuesday 14 January 2020
7:00PM - 8:15PM
Django, Jazz and Bluegrass featuring Blue Jersey Band
Thursday 16 January 2020
7:15PM - 8:30PM
Book Discussion
Monday 20 January 2020
All day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Borough Hall and Schools Closed
Tuesday 21 January 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Writer's Group
Wednesday 22 January 2020
7:00PM
Planning Board
Friday 24 January 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Special Needs Social Hour
Monday 27 January 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
English Conversation Group
Monday 3 February 2020
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English Conversation Group
Tuesday 4 February 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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