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.

Keith Brown January 04, 2012 at 05:57 PM
What a great night for Fair Lawn with the Gov coming to swear in our new Mayor. I am so glad that we now have some friends in high places which should hold well for us in the future. It is a shame the new council member Peluso did not remember his manners. What a rude and angry young man. I think he made a lot of enemies last night. He was very foolish indeed.
Sally J January 04, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Its amazing that when a Democrat says it like it is and speaks the truth they are called rude and angry but when Chris Christie answers a citizen by saying "its none of your business" we call him a champion. How about when he was in Iowa and threatened he would come back "Jersey style" if people didn't vote for Mitt Romney. Instead of being embarrassed by him we celebrate him. Mr. Peluso was only revealing the truth last night. He wanted everyone to know that the Republican majority is appointing their friends to our boards, they are hiring professionals that are charging higher rates than the previous professionals, and they are bringing back a manager (who bought himself a car with taxpayer money) without interviewing anyone else for the job. I think he helped to show Fair Lawn residents the truth about the Republican party (especially John Cosgrove who everyone believed would be different, myself included) in town and I believe he gained a lot more supporters than enemies.
Bruce Knuckle January 04, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Sally, you are right, it was much better when the Democratic council elevated a secretary to the Borough Manager job. At least FL has a plumber in place to clean all the crap that is going on there. It should be a fun year.
FrankinFairLawn January 04, 2012 at 11:02 PM
What experience did Councilman Kurt Peluso have when he served on the Planning Board aside from being the President of the Fair Lawn Democratic Organization? Or Cristina Cutrone aside from working within the Fair Lawn Democratic Organization and not being in town for too long when she was appointed? Its very hypocritical of him to call these appointments Political.
* January 05, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Sally the diffefence between the Gov and Peluso is Christie is an established experienced public servant....our newbie is precocious misinformed and angry
Ebba Wiselius January 05, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Last evening, I listened to several council members speak optimistically and modestly, expressing their positive outlooks for the town. Councilman Peluso, however, revealed his arrogance and audacity. Somebody should learn some class, especially in front of so many senior elected officials.
SoThatMakesItRight? January 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
so since the democrats did it that makes it ok for the republicans to do it? is that what you are saying? i voted cosgrove for fair lawn first. i didnt vote for them to kick out the democrats friends (and some qualified professionals) so that they can replace them with thier friends and people who helped them campaign. i voted cosgrove to put an end to this cycle that only hurts the taxpayers. the arguement "they did it so we can" does not work for me and i am already seeing a lot of that. is it too much to ask for them to take some time and look and interview qualified canidates to get the best person for the job? the second the republicans gained majority they went and did the same thing they complained the dems did. i tell you it makes me sick and i wish i didnt vote for anyone
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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