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
Tuesday 21 August 2018
Historic Preservaton Commission
Board Of Parks And Recreation Committee
Wednesday 22 August 2018
Planning Board
Wednesday 5 September 2018
Board of Adjustment
Thursday 6 September 2018
Architectural Design Review Board
Monday 10 September 2018
Shade Tree Advisory Board
Council Agenda Conference
Regular Council Meeting
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Planning Board
Thursday 13 September 2018
Economic Development Committee

Community Events
Saturday 18 August 2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Farmers Market and Music
Wednesday 22 August 2018
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Outdoor Concert - Ross Griswold
Saturday 25 August 2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Farmers Market and Music
Tuesday 28 August 2018
7:00PM - 8:30PM
NP Business Association
Wednesday 29 August 2018
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Breast Health Awareness Seminar
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Outdoor Concert - Tuesday at Eight
Saturday 1 September 2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Farmers Market and Music
Saturday 8 September 2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Farmers Market and Music
Sunday 9 September 2018
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Immigration Forum
Monday 10 September 2018
Gmail Training Part 1 - Learn with Lynda
7:00PM - 8:00PM
English Convo Group
Tuesday 11 September 2018
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Beginner Spanish Course

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