Fair Lawn Republicans Announce 2013 Borough Council Nominees

Dan Dunay and Amy Lefkowitz will run on the Republican ticket for borough council in 2013.

The Fair Lawn Republican Club's hopes for retaining a council majority in 2014 officially rest on Dan Dunay and Amy Lefkowitz.

The organization announced Thursday that its members had chosen the two young Republicans as their 2013 borough council nominees. Dunay and Lefkowitz will run in lieu of Deputy Mayors Jeanne Baratta and Ed Trawinski, who intend to retire from public office after their terms expire at the end of the year.

Dunay, a third generation Fair Lawn resident and principal at New York financial services firm Centerview Partners, said he was honored to receive the group's endorsement.

"It means so much to me that we work together to keep Fair Lawn strong," Dunay said in a statement. "I want to do whatever I can to help Fair Lawn and its residents thrive.”

Lefkowitz, an attorney who lives in town with her husband, Tom, and their young daughter, Hannah, said she was excited about the opportunity to shape Fair Lawn's future.

"I have a young family," Lefkowitz said in a statement, "so it’s critical that we protect Fair Lawn for years to come."

If elected, both nominees are committed to reelecting John Cosgrove as mayor and upholding his principles of limiting taxes, maintaining Fair Lawn's amenities, supporting local community, volunteer and religious organizations, and listening to resident concerns.

“I am delighted that Dan and Amy have agreed to run for Borough Council," Cosgrove said in a statement. "They are both extremely qualified candidates who will bring critical skills and perspectives to the Council. I need Dan and Amy to help me continue providing strong, responsible leadership for Fair Lawn.”

The Fair Lawn Democrats have yet to announce their nominees for the 2013 election.


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LENNY February 22, 2013 at 09:11 PM
names change but the game is the same and the tax payers pay the dues !will all running for election pledge to not take health benfits from the town?
Dorothy Kilgallen February 22, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Mr. Agosta, how did that work out last election?
Phil Jonas February 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Possible theme song? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3ZLbtWEQ54
John Cosgrove February 23, 2013 at 07:14 AM
I'm looking forward to working with Dan and Amy.i know that both will be great council people when elected. It's a shame that only minutes after declaring that they were candidates that the vile trash and hate has started. I urge the people of Fair Lawn to reject this behavior and listen to the issues from both sides and make an intelligent choice in November. Lenny to answer your question I don't take any compensation from the Borough for being on the Council and feel quite sure that Dan & Amy won't either.
Go Figure February 23, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Mr. Hunter: Your political leanings are clear since all you do is sling mud. I am sure Mr. Dunay is not as liberal as those he is and will be running against and to label someone just because they are in the legal field as "liar" is despicable. Grow up and cast your vote. That's how elections work. For our sake I hope the electorate votes to keep John Cosgrove as Mayor.
Jessica February 23, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Is that a slam on Mr Dunay's sexuality?
Michael Agosta February 23, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I'm sure you saw the results: 2/3 Dems; 1/3 Reps. I am curious who the third party will take votes from, especially if they have two people running.
Ed Rooney February 23, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Jessica February 23, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Mr Cosgrove as mayor of our town I would have expected you to stay above the fray. To call any resident "vile trash" and accuse dissenters of being haters is something few of us would expect from you given your distinguished record of volunteering. As Mr Agosta points out, this year, like the last election, there are more than 2 sides. It sounds like we can expect some fire works this year. While you were likely a part of it, clearly these two were chosen in a backroom deal. As I understand it, they weren't put up for a vote among the Republican Club nor do I remember reading anything on the Patch or elsewhere that the secret committee which was considering anointing the party "standard bearers". Why wasn't this addressed at the County Convention? How undemocratic! Your party is in the majority and can put the petty insignificant issue of the stipend and benefits to a vote and an end. Could it be that it hasn't happened yet because Deputy Mayor "Poppycock" Trawinski is on the take too? Come on John, we know you, we expect more from you given your past record. Will the real John Cosgrove please stand up!?! Or have you just become another sleazy politician?
Go Figure February 23, 2013 at 09:57 PM
This should be a big question in the next election: Who will waive the expensive health care benefits. Part time employees of our borough don't receive the benefits the politicians do? Another good question is: Are the politicians paying the graduated % that the employees are now paying? Let's all do the "Waive" in 2013... waive those benefits for Fair Lawn!
Kelly McKensy February 24, 2013 at 03:59 AM
What are Dan and Amy position on double dipping? and on Bergen Republican plans to finance then American Dream?
BellairBerdan February 24, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Is creating an elite ruling class that discourages the participation of the common man a good idea? Mr Dunay has already described that a $25 per hour INCREASE for a politically appointed position was "nominal" i.e. trifling, insignificant.
Stuart Pace February 24, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Jessica, you are either a fraudulent person who stole this identity-http://findingmyreallove.com/contact/ or you are really Jessica, you live in NC and what the flock are you posting here for? Zak, I think we have identity theft here.
SpendMyMoney February 24, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Who's on first? They are going to run for election to elect someone who is already elected???? http://www.politickernj.com/63479/fair-lawn-republicans-announce-2013-borough-council-nominees
Mark February 24, 2013 at 08:19 PM
I know more than 1 Staurt Pace in Fair Lawn alone. Many of the people here are hiding behind fake names, but Jessica makes some interesting points that I for one would like to see addressed.
Kelly McKensy February 25, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Where do the new candidates stand on double dipping and the fact Fair Lawn taxpayers are going to have to finance the American Dream Mall in the Meadowlands, thanks to Bergen Republicans?
hypos February 25, 2013 at 03:59 PM
kelly i wasnt aware the FAIR LAWN COUNCIL had a vote to finance the American Dream or not... doesnt seem like a issue the state would leave up to the FL council. sheesh you people are crazy
hypos February 25, 2013 at 04:00 PM
kelly i wasnt aware the FAIR LAWN COUNCIL had a vote to finance the American Dream or not... doesnt seem like a issue the state would leave up to the FL council. sheesh you people are crazy
hypos February 25, 2013 at 04:04 PM
haha bellair you are so out of your mind its commical. i lean liberal and your comments actually make me sick. you take every liberal talking point and post it on here. are you really calling these FL residents elitist? im pretty sure dan lives in an apartment in FL and youre trying to turn him into Romney. the $25 dunay was taling about was comparing it to what other towns pay that posistion, stop taking things out of context
BellairBerdan February 25, 2013 at 05:45 PM
No hypos. He was comparing that amount directly to what the last administration was paying someone in the same position. Do you think a $25 an hour increase is insignificant for the same job in the same town? But thanks for coming in under a new account every so often to tell me how liberal you are.
john p February 25, 2013 at 09:07 PM
how about the pay raise your boy obama gave biden for doing the same job as past vice presidents? o i see when a republican gives a raise they are elitists, but when a democrat gives a pay raise to a millionaire vice president its justified. your thinking republicans: wrong democrats: right even if they do the same thing is the problem w/ this country and you are just as bad as the extremes on the other side. if you have a problem with these two running for council, why dont you run against them? you seem to think you know it all so why not run for council?
Deleted because of harassment February 25, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Someone please explain how government works to "john p', since he does not understand that Congress controls the pay of the President and Vice President; the salary of the Vice President is unchanged since 1989 except for a cost of living increase as dictated by the Government Salary Reform Act. When a stupid person makes an unfounded claim, does the party matter?
Ebba Wiselius February 25, 2013 at 09:49 PM
As an avid Patch reader and occasional commenter, I would truly like to extend a warm welcome to some of the new personalities who have sprung up as a result of this article - many on the same day, even! Whether supportive or not, it is still great to see that this ticket is creating a more politically aware town.
BellairBerdan February 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM
That's an interesting rant you gave there john p. Did you forget to change your screen names before you responded?
Taxpayers First! February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Hold on, Mr Dunay is Harvard Liberal who is a Principal at Centerview Partners a Wall St merger and acquisition company. Just because he chose to purchase an apartment so he doesn't have to cut his own grass does not make him a common working man. Centerview Partners calls itself a leading independent investment banking and advisory firm. The firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings, valuation, and capital structure to companies, institutions and governments. Since the founding of Centerview in 2006, they have advised on more than $425 billion of transactions. Sources: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-dunay/9/486/494 http://www.centerviewpartners.com/
negative nancys February 26, 2013 at 02:46 PM
"Harvard Liberal who is a Principal at Centerview Partners a Wall St merger and acquisition company." tax payer first, you say these things like it is a bad thing. is it bad thing to go to a great school and then work for a successful company? i went to high school w/ dan and although we werent great friends it was easy to tell how hard he worked to get into harvard. you make it sound like going to one of the most prestigious school in the world is a bad thing. he now has a good job, is that a problem to you? would he be more suited for council if he went to community college and worked for the town? accomplishments like graduating from harvard and getting a good job are things to be proud of. i hope if you have children you dont encourage them to not set their goals high on college or career goals.
class act February 26, 2013 at 04:17 PM
deleted your acting like going to harvard and getting a good job after is a bad thing. if you have kids i hope you dont tell them not to set their goals high, like going to one of the most prestigious schools in the world and getting a good job after.
Peaches February 26, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Dan should be proud of his accomplishments. He is like a local Mitt Romney, a typical RINO, just not as prolific in making money. He even gave money to Mitt's campaign. I am going to hold my nose and vote for these two in November, only because I suspect the Democrats will be nominating people who are more extreme and more liberal. I for one think its more important to teach kids values than the value of things. This way when they grow up, they understand not everything gets a price tag, not everything is for sale.
Ebba Wiselius February 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Yes, please explain to me the fault in overachieving.
Deleted because of harassment March 03, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Let me make it clear - I know Dan and have no idea why someone is implying with this name in a post to claim I have a problem with his education, or with him. This is also the one and only screen name I use here, and have made it clear to anyone offline who asks me what name I use here. I have no idea who I will vote for in this election since I don't yet know who else is running and don't belong to either party. Sure is politics as normal for Fair Lawn, tho, to see where the mud is being tossed and by whom. And, knowing what I resently figured out about the personas, expect it to get even nastier. If as much effort went to improving the community as is spent on the biennial manure tossing from both sides, we'd be living in a better place - but I am not holding my breath.


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