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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Upcoming Events (90 Days)
Tuesday 22 September 2020
9:30AM - 4:00PM
Fall Begins
10:30AM - 7:30PM
Digitizing Somerset County's Hispanic Heritage: In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Explore LinkedIn With a Librarian
4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting
7:00PM
Municipal Alliance/Youth Services Meeting
7:00PM
Cancelled - Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
Wednesday 23 September 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Cooking with Kir: Paella and Sangria
7:00PM
Cancelled - Planning Board
Thursday 24 September 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Bald Eagles in New Jersey: An All-American Recovery
Saturday 26 September 2020
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Cancelled - NP Fall Festival
7:45PM - 9:45PM
Drive-In Movie Night - Sully
Monday 28 September 2020
All day
YOM KIPPUR
7:30PM
Cancelled - Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday 29 September 2020
10:30AM - 7:30PM
Digitizing Somerset County's Hispanic Heritage: In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: All Men and Women are Created Equal
Wednesday 30 September 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Women Painters in Paris: Cassatt, Morisot, and Valadon
Thursday 1 October 2020
6:00PM
Architectural Design Review Board
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Creating a Dynamic Job Portfolio Presented by Jan Goodman
Saturday 3 October 2020
All day
1st Day of Sukkot
8:00AM - 2:00PM
First Saturday Drop-off
12:00PM - 3:00PM
Senior Picnic
Tuesday 6 October 2020
10:00AM - 12:00PM
FLU SHOT CLINIC
10:30AM - 7:30PM
Digitizing Somerset County's Hispanic Heritage: In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
Wednesday 7 October 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Virtual Book Discussion Salon "The Hound of Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Board of Adjustment
Monday 12 October 2020
All day
Columbus Day - Borough Hall Closed
Tuesday 13 October 2020
10:30AM - 7:30PM
Digitizing Somerset County's Hispanic Heritage: In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
7:30PM
Regular Council Meeting
Wednesday 14 October 2020
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 15 October 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Democracy and Decentralization The Evolving American Electoral Process
Friday 16 October 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Medicare: What You Need to Know Presented by Justin Lubenow
Saturday 17 October 2020
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Cancelled - Optimist Club Wine Tasting
Monday 19 October 2020
5:00PM
Shade Tree Commission
Tuesday 20 October 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Stranger Stop and Cast an Eye An Introduction to New Jersey's Historic Burial Grounds
7:00PM
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
7:30PM
Board Of Parks And Recreation Committee
Wednesday 21 October 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Job Skills Needed Today
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Board of Adjustment
Sunday 25 October 2020
1:00PM
Halloween Parade
Monday 26 October 2020
7:30PM
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday 27 October 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
The Origins of Halloween and Witches - Presented by Jeff Kampf
Wednesday 28 October 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Passport Services
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 29 October 2020
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Hail to the Chief: A Brief History of the American Presidents
Friday 30 October 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Types and Styles of Yoga - Part III Presented by Mythri Menon
Saturday 31 October 2020
All day
Halloween!
Sunday 1 November 2020
2:00AM
Daylight Savings Time Ends 2am
Tuesday 3 November 2020
2:00AM
ELECTION DAY - Borough Hall Open
Wednesday 4 November 2020
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Board of Adjustment
Thursday 5 November 2020
6:00PM
Architectural Design Review Board
Saturday 7 November 2020
8:00AM - 2:00PM
First Saturday Drop-off
Monday 9 November 2020
All day
VETERANS DAY - Borough Hall Closed
5:00PM
Shade Tree Commission
Wednesday 11 November 2020
All day
1st Day of Chanukah
7:00PM
Planning Board
Monday 16 November 2020
7:30PM
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday 17 November 2020
7:30PM
Board Of Parks And Recreation Committee
7:30PM
Library Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday 18 November 2020
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Board of Adjustment
Tuesday 24 November 2020
7:00PM
Municipal Alliance/Youth Services Meeting
7:00PM
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
Wednesday 25 November 2020
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 26 November 2020
All day
THANKSGIVING - Borough Hall Closed
Friday 27 November 2020
All day
THANKSGIVING - Borough Hall Closed
Sunday 29 November 2020
4:00PM
Tree Lighting and Santa Comes to Town
Wednesday 2 December 2020
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Board of Adjustment
Thursday 3 December 2020
6:00PM
Architectural Design Review Board
Saturday 5 December 2020
8:00AM - 2:00PM
First Saturday Drop-off
Sunday 6 December 2020
4:00PM
Tree Lighting and Santa Comes to Town
Wednesday 9 December 2020
7:00PM
Planning Board
Thursday 10 December 2020
7:30PM - 8:30PM
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Monday 14 December 2020
5:00PM
Shade Tree Commission
7:30PM
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday 15 December 2020
7:00PM
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
Wednesday 16 December 2020
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Board of Adjustment

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