PHOTOS: Christie Swears In Baratta As Mayor

Gov. Chris Christie swore in the Republican councilmembers and Assemblywoman Connie Wagner swore in the Democratic councilmembers.

Gov. Chris Christie swore in Jeanne Baratta as Fair Lawn's fifth female mayor at Tuesday night's re-organization meeting, in addition to John Cosgrove and Ed Trawinski as deputy mayors.

Assemblwoman Connie Wagner swore in Democrats Lisa Swain and Kurt Peluso as councilmembers.

In addition to Christie and Wagner, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Sen. Bob Gordon, Freeholder John Driscoll, former Assemblyman and Fair Lawn Mayor Nicholas Felice and other former Fair Lawn mayors were in attendance.

Tom Metzler was appointed as the new borough manager, replacing Timothy Stafford, and Ron Mondello became the new borough attorney, replacing Bruce Rosenberg.

Daniel Dunay January 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
In response to "SoThatMakesItRight", I would just say the following. The new administration actually retained a great many of the prior administration's board and committee appointments, in the spirit of bipartisanship and keeping qualified individuals on boards. In every place where individuals were replaced, there was a rationale apart from partisan politics. With respect to the manager and counsel, one of the primary rationales was the negativity, bad feeling, and litigiousness currently embroiling borough hall. (Both appointees, by the way, are extremely well known by everyone who has been around the borough during the last decade. I query what an interview process would have achieved.) In respect of the planning and zoning boards, new personnel were needed for sake of a general loss of faith in those boards given some of the decisions they have made for the borough (as was broadly discussed in the prior campaign). I am sorry that you feel turned off, but please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss further: daniel.dunay@gmail.com.
Marty Cone January 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM
The town needs someone like Peluso. All he did is see through this dog and pony show. Funny how noone seems to mind when Trawinski has one of his classic tirades like a spoiled little boy. This council has alot to work through and it should make for some interesting meetings.
Dory Degen January 09, 2012 at 02:05 AM
oh my, that isn't the only difference! christie is obnoxious, dishonest, ineffective and self-serving.
delgado January 10, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Try going to a Leonia meeting and hear our Bergen County Chief of Staff Jeanie Barata belitte and besmirk fellow citzens. Now she is the Mayor of Fair Lawn. Its very diffcult to be the Republican party evil hatchet man and then try to represent ALL residents of Fair Lawn.
Phil Kestenbaum January 10, 2012 at 01:25 PM
A major problem for the town is the 2 train stations. The Broadway station gets most of the attention. But the Radburn station, if you look at it, causes major traffic jams. Often the traffic is stopped all the way back to Radburn Road. This is because when the trains stop, the gates close for the entire time that it takes to load and unload passengers. If the station were further away from Fair Lawn Aveneue, they wouldn't need to keep it closed so long. I am hoping the new Mayor can rectify this unfortunate situation. It's a change but one for the good. I think that 2 new areas are needed, one for the morning and other for the evening. Just move the platform where people get off and on down further from Fair Lawn Ave. and this way the traffic only has to stop for the time that the train passes, which will ease the traffic flow considerably.


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