Cristina Cutrone is one of four candidates for two seats on the Fair Lawn Council this year.
Cutrone, a Democrat, is the mother of a young son and high school history teacher in Tenafly. She is a former planning board member and currently the corresponding secretary for the Fair Lawn ADA Advisory Committee.
“I was always taught that you give back to people,” she said. “It makes a town more of a community when you have people like that.”
Cutrone said that taxes were her primary concern. Seeking new revenue through shared services and cooperative purchasing should allow Fair Lawn to maintain existing services while keeping taxes stable, she said.
Adding more options to existing services could also help bring in more revenue, Cutrone said. For example, offering different kinds of passes for Memorial Pool — weekends only, monthly, etc. — may convince more residents to sign up. Attracting more dance and theater groups to the community center could also bring in more revenue and help the space be better-utilized, she said.
“If things like the pool have more options, we can bring in more money,” Cutrone said.
Cutrone also said she believed it was important to maintain a surplus, but some of the surplus from this year’s budget should have been used to lower taxes.
“The surplus is there for emergency situations, and you absolutely have to have a surplus,” she said. “But if you have more than you think you need, it needs to be returned to the taxpayers.”
Cutrone also said she would continue to support the Economic Development Corporation because more businesses in town means more tax revenue coming in.
On traffic safety, Cutrone said she wanted to implement more traffic-slowing measures like speed bumps and bump-outs, and also to hold more educational programs for pedestrians like the police have already done.
On flooding, she said it was important to limit any impervious coverage from new developments and for local officials to work with other towns, the county, state and feds on projects like dredging the Passaic River.
Local officials can also help by organizing efforts to assist flood-prone residents with tasks like filling sandbags, she said.
The election will be held Tuesday.