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Borough Council meetings are held at the Municipal Building, 2480 Plainfield Avenue. The public is always welcome. ** All Agenda Meetings begin at 7:00 pm followed immediately by the Public Meeting unless otherwise noted.  See the link at the bottom of this page for council meeting dates.

All meetings of the Governing Body are held in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.) in the Council Chambers at 2480 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Glenn Cullen, Administrator/CFO



Matthew P. Anesh

Elected Mayor in 2010, Matt is 49 years old and has lived in South Plainfield all his life. Mayor Anesh is married with twin sons.  He was elected Councilman in 2005 and 2009 where he served as the Council liaison to the Department of Public Works and later Public Safety. He served as Council President in 2010.  He attended Sacred Heart School, South Plainfield High School and graduated in 1995 from the College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Science in Economics. He is a Vice President with a Fortune 100 Financial Services Company in NYC.

 Matt is a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, a South Plainfield Junior Baseball coach, CERT member and a member of the Planning Board. Mayor Anesh served on the Public Celebrations Committee from 2005 through 2010. Mayor Anesh was inducted into the South Plainfield Hall of Fame in 2011.  He is a graduate of the South Plainfield High School class of 1990.



Robert Bengivenga, Jr.   

Council President Bengivenga is currently serving his 6th term as councilman. Rob was first elected Councilman in 2005, at the age of 23.  He was then elected in 2009 to a second term and reelected in 2012, 2015, 2018, and 2021. Rob had the honor of serving as Council President in 2008, 2016, 2018, 2023 & 2024. Rob is 41 years old and is a lifelong resident of South Plainfield. 
 Rob has been married to his wife Priscilla since 2017 and together they have three children, Matthew, Nora and John Paul (JP). He attended Sacred Heart School, The Wardlaw-Hartridge School and graduated in 2004 from The University of Scranton with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing. He is presently employed as the Municipal Adminstrator for the Township of Hazlet and has a Qualified Purchasing Agent certificate from the State of New Jersey . 

Rob is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Chaumont Post 243, UNICO National and the South Plainfield Elks. 

Councilman Bengivenga chairs the Public Safety committee and also sits as a member of the Economic Development, Shared Services & Administration and Finance Committees. 


Christine Faustini

Councilwoman Christine Faustini is just beginning her third term on the South Plainfield Borough Council. Christine is a graduate of South Plainfield High School, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, as well as certifications in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Kean University. 

Christine served on the South Plainfield Library Board for 6 years and as Vice President during its expansion. She was also a member of the Cultural Arts Commission and held positions on PTO Board’s at Grant Elementary and John E. Riley School when her children attended.  She is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #2298, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Chaumont Post #243 and a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church.  She was formerly a retail buyer and is currently employed as a home instructor of mathematics. 
Christine and her husband Louis are both lifelong residents of South Plainfield. They have been married for 30 years, have four children and recently welcomed their first granddaughter. 

Councilwoman Faustini is currently serving as Chairperson of Recreation and Office on Aging Committee.  She loves working with the children, families and senior citizens of South Plainfield and concentrates on improving our parks, recreational offerings and community events.  She also serves on the Administration, Finance and Public Information, Health Welfare and Environment, and Shared Services Committees.  


Melanie Mott

Melanie is serving her second term as Councilwoman and has been a South Plainfield resident since 2005 where she and her husband raised their 3 children.

Melanie has been a successful full-time Realtor for 20 years and has extensive background in customer service.  Melanie loves to work with children as well and she works as a part time substitute when her schedule allows.   She spends time volunteering for PTO’s, sports programs, fundraising and charity events. Melanie is an active member of Elks Lodge #2298 and American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Chaumont Post #243 and recently chaired their scholarship program.   

Councilwoman Mott is the Council Liaison of the Environmental Committee, Green Team and Board of Health and serves as a member of Community Development, Greenbrook Flood Control, and Shared Service Committee.



Peter D.Smith

Pete is serving his first term as Councilman.  He grew up in Piscataway and graduated Piscataway High School in 1977.  Pete served in the Army National Guard from 1977-1986.   He attended Kean University, receiving his certification in Computer Integrated Design & Manufacturing.  Pete moved to South Plainfield in 1999.  He is married to Sandi and they are very proud of their six (6) children and seven (7) grandchildren.
Councilman Smith is currently the Chairperson to the Health, Welfare and Environment Committee.  He also serves as a member of the Economic Development and Public Work Committees.
Pete is employed in the woodworking industry.  He was President of the Sacred Heart Athletic Association, coached Soccer for the South Plainfield Soccer Club and AAU Basketball.  He was a High School Soccer and Basketball Official for 20 years retiring from Officiating in 2021.  Pete is a member of American Legion Post 12 and is an active member of the South Plainfield Elks #2298, where he previously served as Exalted Ruler.  Pete was elected President of the NJ State Elks Association for the fraternal year 2014-2015. Pete was selected to serve Grand Lodge of the B.P.O.E. as a Committeeman for Area 2 Public Relations from 2017-2020. He also served on the South Plainfield Planning Board for over 10 years.



Joseph C. Wolak

Councilman Wolak is serving his third term as Councilman. Joe was first elected in 2015 and was reelected to his second term in 2018 and third in 2021. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kean University in 1983 in Accounting and Computer Science and has completed Graduate work for his MBA from Marywood University in Scranton PA. Joe has worked in Healthcare Finance for over 30 years and is currently the VP of Budget and Performance Analytics at a hospital in NYC.
He was a Planning Board member for four years, a former South Plainfield Junior Baseball Coach and South Plainfield Recreation Soccer Coach. Joe is a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. A member of South Plainfield Elks #2298 and Sons of  the American Legion Chaumont Post 243.
Joe is originally from Linden NJ and has lived on Norway Lane for the last 20 plus years with his wife Stephanie, three children Jennifer, Katelyn, and Samuel. He is a proud Grandfather to Ava Marie and Savannah Charlotte. Joe had the honor of being Council President in 2019 and is currently Chairs the Administration, Finance and Public Information Committee and also sits as a committee member for Public works and Environmental.



Derryck C. White
dwhite@southplainfieldnj.com .

Council President Derryck C. White was first elected to the South Plainfield Council in 2011 and is now serving his fourth three-year term. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Eastern University and is currently a Strategic Planning Consultant.

 Derryck and his family moved to South Plainfield from Edison in 2002.  He is the parent of three children Jessica, Alexx and Noah. He is the former liaison to the South Plainfield Board of Education for the Riley School PTSO and a past chair of the school’s annual father-daughter dance. A former recreation soccer and basketball coach and a coach for the South Plainfield Soccer Association and South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club. In addition, he is an active member of South Plainfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  He is also a member of the South Plainfield's Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge # 2298, Chaumont Post 243 Sons of the American Legion and the South Plainfield Hometown Heroes Banner Committee dedicated to honoring South Plainfield Veterans.  

 He chairs the Economic Development Committee; serves on the Administration and Finance Committee, as well as the Public Safety Committee. In 2010, prior to being elected to the council, he was a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Currently he serves as a member of the Planning Board.