Finalizing Construction Plans

PLATFORM

Learn about the plans that Richard A. Wyatt Jr. has for the City of Plainfield.

Community Center

Long before the closure of our YMCA, the youth have suffered. However, since the closing, we haven’t had a place to house displaced residents or a public facility with resources and services for our residents to enjoy. A state-of-the-art community center would help bridge the gap, and fill a deep void in our city; improving the lives of the more than 50,000 residents overall, and 14,000 residents under the age of 18. There are many gaps in time between when school lets out, and when it’s time to be settled in our homes for the evening. There are gaps in the amount of resources, services, and opportunities for all of our residents; as it compares to what is presented to our residents to take advantage. There is a gap between the City’s government and the Plainfield Board of Education. These are many gaps within the City of Plainfield of which I plan to bridge by connecting the community. Places that serve the community residents simply do not exist. With all of the development in recent years, almost everything built or renovated in Plainfield— aside from school buildings- has had little impact on our children and their families, especially the 29% of our kids living in poverty. In addition to providing opportunities through a community center such as career training and resources for our elderly population; we must renew our vocational education curriculum in our Plainfield schools. Studies have shown that students greatly benefit from the practical skills obtained through these courses. Paired with opportunities for higher education, our students will be prepared for anything. I have spent 20 years working with the youth and these are issues that I take very seriously. Community centers enhance the lives of residents in varying ways; as well as it is a safe-haven and central location for the youth, families, senior citizens, civic organizations, and recreational activities.

Entertainment

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Lifestyle

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Sports

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Technology

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 Economic development

In addition to building the necessary foundation for the future of our city, we need to execute an aggressive plan for comprehensive economic development that puts our residents first. In doing so, we ensure the introduction of new employment opportunities to Plainfield and support our entrepreneurs and small businesses. I invite you to imagine seeing our neighbors from South Plainfield, Watchung and Clark traveling here to our streets to spend money because we have a retail presence parallel to those found in their cities. Whenever we consider approving and funding new construction—especially projects regarding PILOTs, abatements, or incentives—we must first ask the simple question “does this benefit the community at large?” If so, our local contractors and Union workers should be considered first to help bring those goals to fruition. If the proposed project only serves as another opportunity to drive our community further into ruin, it should be denied in the best interest of our town. We must do all that we can to protect our housing stock, which is one of the key reasons that our residents decide to purchase homes in the City of Plainfield.

IMPROVED CITY SERVICES

This past winter, we have all witnessed how desperately we need to re-structure our essential services like snow removal, street repairs and trash collection. These services that we are paying for are not being delivered as they should be which has, as a result, stopped our city from flourishing and being as efficient as possible. When these services fail us and code violations are issued, they are often ignored. Plainfield needs better enforcement of code violations and a Mayor who serves the people. The lack of resources provided to such a significant department leaves a stain of trash and debris on our city. For years, residents have demanded improved essential services and we must make providing quality services a reality.

A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO ANTI-VIOLENCE AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

It is an unfortunate reality that Plainfield is often synonymous with crime. Our crime rate is 66% higher than it is in other cities in the United States. If we are going to make ridding our community of crime and violence a reality, we must look at the causes of these issues. Poverty, underemployment, unemployment, pain, trauma and untreated mental illness are all factors affecting our city. We must allocate funds and resources to organizations that are actively making a difference in the abatement of these issues and develop the necessary steps to create others that will make these efforts permanent. We must also bridge the gap between our police officers and our residents and stop those police officers who are most familiar with our community from leaving to work for other municipalities.

RESTORING TRUST IN PLAINFIELD GOVERNMENT

In order to ensure that all of these goals become a reality, we need to work together across all areas of our government. To do so, we must approach our planning and decision-making processes with absolute transparency when communicating with our neighbors. For far too long, cronyism and favoritism have run rampant in City Hall. When I am elected Mayor, that all stops. I will govern for the people of Plainfield, for my neighbors and for the future. I love our city and we have a responsibility as members of this community to return Plainfield to its era of excellence and keep it there!