From the early days when she carried around a basket of candy to later years when she added dinner to the annual holiday tree-lighting, the administration of former Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs has been linked with food. On May 20, perhaps a final reminder of her penchant turned up in the form of an amendment to the 2014 budget for $3,500 in past-due bills to a North Plainfield caterer.
The former mayor was present at the special meeting where the City Council approved amendments one by one. When the $3,500 came up, Council President Bridget Rivers said, "I added it into the budget."
There will be another special meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall Library for a hearing on the amendments and possible final passage of the budget. It is interesting that the council got the former mayor off the hook while sticking it to the current mayor in the budget process. No doubt the former mayor will attend the next meeting as part of her new campaign to discredit the current mayor and cheer mayor/council dissension.
Lest we forget how the city came across to the rest of the world during the past administration, here is a 2012 post on Plainfield politics. Rather than trying to rewrite history and tell the new mayor what to do, the former mayor would be better advised to pen the next chapter of her own life, beyond City Hall.