Michael Giordano Jr.
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:


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.


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.

Town Meetings
Wednesday 20 June 2018
Board of Adjustment
Monday 25 June 2018
Council Agenda Conference
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday 26 June 2018
Youth Services Commission
Municipal Alliance Committee
Historic Preservaton Commission
Wednesday 27 June 2018
Planning Board
Thursday 5 July 2018
Architectural Design Review Board
Monday 9 July 2018
Shade Tree Advisory Board
Wednesday 11 July 2018
Planning Board
Monday 16 July 2018
Council Agenda Conference
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday 17 July 2018
Board Of Parks And Recreation Committee
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Board of Adjustment

Community Events
Saturday 23 June 2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Farmers Market
4:00PM - 8:00PM
NP's Got Talent
Friday 29 June 2018
All day
Help Curb Hunger - End Date
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Independence Day Parade
Saturday 7 July 2018
All day
Community Day - Fireworks
Wednesday 11 July 2018
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Sunday 15 July 2018
11:30AM - 1:30PM
Immigration Forum
Monday 16 July 2018
6:00PM - 9:00PM
8th Annual Summer Car Cruise

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