Trawinski Says Facebook Page Was Hacked

Fair Lawn Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski reaffirmed Thursday that he still lives in Fair Lawn, despite Little Ferry being listed as his residence on his Facebook profile for the past two months.

If you've paid a visit to Ed Trawinski's Facebook profile since late July you might have been surprised to learn that in addition to being a fan of the Bee Gees, historical non-fiction and underdog sports movies, the Deputy Mayor of Fair Lawn was no longer a borough resident.

On the night of July 22, Trawinski's profile was updated to reflect a move to Little Ferry, prompting some residents to question whether the deputy mayor had illegally abandoned his constituents. The small southeastern Bergen County municipality remained Trawinski's Facebook-listed residence for the next 60 days until Thursday night, when he was reached by Patch and asked about his current dwelling.

"3-33 Lyncrest Avenue," Trawinski replied. "It's where my driver's license is, it's where I vote and it's where I live." 

When informed that his Facebook profile stated otherwise, Trawinski responded with utter disbelief.

"I don’t live in Little Ferry at all. I never have, and frankly, never will," he said. "If I move anywhere it would be to Orlando, Florida."

Trawinski said he had no idea that Little Ferry had been listed as his place of residence for nearly two months and concluded that his Facebook page must have been hacked.

"I have to speak to Miss [Mayor Jeanne] Baratta because she's the only one who has my password," he laughed. "Thank you for bringing this to my attention."

Outside of the Facebook foul-up, the fact that Trawinski sold his Lyncrest Avenue home to his son, Nick, in late 2010, only added to speculation of his departure. While Trawinski said he still lives at the mother-daughter property with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, his name is no longer listed on public tax records.

"[My son] was looking for a house and I was looking to phase down, to get something smaller," said Trawinski, explaining the sale for which he said he received the necessary approvals. "[My wife and I] were empty nesters."

When he's not in Fair Lawn, Trawinski said he stays at his shore house in Toms River about 10 to 15 percent of the time.

Although sitting council members must live in the municipality they serve for the entirety of their terms, they are permitted to spend a month or two out of the year at vacation homes, League of Municipalities staff attorney Matthew Weng confirmed.

The deputy mayor, who has since removed the Little Ferry listing from his Facebook profile, said he plans to contact Facebook to learn whom might have compromised his account.


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Wizard September 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Ms.Taplitz should have had a Facebook page
Have the T-shirt September 21, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Bonnie at trial on the issue of a bona fide residence in FL: Q "Mz Taplits, where do you cook your meals?" A "I don't cook, I make reservations." No joke, true story.
Have the T-shirt September 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM
For Bonnie it was her mom that took the place over while she still used the address to keep her seat, being there on occasion similar to what you reported Zac. You and the LOM counsel are kind of glossing over what the law is in a situation like you described from Ed's interview. In the totality of the circumstances, we may indeed have a seat held by one who is no longer legally qualified. Is it his home, or where he sleeps when he has to come back to FL for work, and doesn't want to drive back to the shore, and thus uses his son's house as a family hotel? Actual residence is required, not merely domicile. And he may not even be domiciled if his intent is to move to Florida. Sounds very much like the Taplitz case from what you reported.
Have the T-shirt September 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM
The Facebook thing was probably a typo in the zip code he entered or a FB database glitch, not hacking. Irrelevant other than having coincidentally shed light on his now questionable legal residence status for purpose of holding public office under NJ state laws.
Tommy P September 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
You don't have to own a property to live in Fair Lawn. His day job takes $175,000 from our pockets, you'd think he would be able to live somewhere other than "his kid's basement" , but if that's what they want to do so be it. Councilman Basement Dweller doesn't seem to have the same ring as Professor Poppycock, but we can all chuckle at him next time we see him.
Tommy P September 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM
@Zak did Ed report the alleged crime to BCPD, the FBI or any other authority? Any comment from the Mayor of Little Ferry, a Bergen County community which picks up a portion of his salary, about the despairing remarks?
Tony Dadika September 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM
why does trivial crap like this become an issue?
Michael Agosta September 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Mr Dadika You are absolutely correct. These folks that commented have missed the real issues. No one brought up the fact that Trawinski not only earns $175k at his county job plus full benefits, but he also collects a medical stipend from Fair Lawn (estimated to be $10k this year). No one addressed the fact that he voted to RAISE our taxes this year by 4% while stating he could not afford to live in Fair Lawn after he retired. Come on folks, forget the Facebook silliness. Stick to the real issues.
Tommy P September 21, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I pointed out his government salary, am I no one?
Peter Loffman September 21, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Well, I can see if the Zip code is 1 digit off 07410 but Little Ferry is 07643. He obviously is trying to say he got hacked, but I think there would have been more done to his page then just a zip code change. A PI firm should be hired to dig up the info.
Jenne September 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Probably he put in his cell phone number for verification purposes in one of those security things and Facebook automatically set the location. I never changed my cell phone and periodically Facebook thinks I live in another state. If I call any business that has locale identifier on my home phone they think I live in Glen Rock or Hawthorne, I'm not convinced he still 'lives' in Fair Lawn but you can't go by the settings on Facebook one way or the other.
STRANGE September 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
while id be suprised if trawinski actually lived with his sons family most of the time i dont care about that issue so much. what i find extremely wierd and fishy is this: "I have to speak to Miss [Mayor Jeanne] Baratta because she's the only one who has my password," he laughed. "Thank you for bringing this to my attention." now if i found out someone had access to my personal account i dont think id be cracking jokes about it (ecspecially if i was a public official).
Y. A. Way September 21, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Jenne does your email contain G-Knee?
josh lansky September 21, 2012 at 06:19 PM
take in the zip code factor as being bogus and this all ends up either at the curb or in the parking lot behind the Radburn bldg! As Tommy P well knows that he alone is the sole individual in this town who knows how to run things then prignamiously should he then consider running for mayor. Tommy P , thank you for your guidance!
BellairBerdan September 22, 2012 at 06:40 PM
It's funny that some people care more about whether someone receives benefits rather than if the Deputy Mayor actually resides in town, and it seems most don't buy that he does live here. They just accept another reach around of the rules by a politician. No longer do politicians offer to prove their integrity. They do what they want and we need to prove they don't have any in a court of law. How sad.
delgado September 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
There is way more to this story... First, trewinski wants to get this out and make it an issue. Also trewinski in the past at council meetings he's declared that he will sue and file charges against those who have critiqued him anonymously.Thus using a bogus claim of hacking, can now allow him to go after all his critics who revealed the hiring of his sister to work under him in county government, his illegal $40,000 stipend, raise to spike his pension, his leal contracts he gave out and his leave from his law firm as well as his illegal point,ent to the BCIA.
delgado September 23, 2012 at 08:52 PM
,,, and of course those who critizie Donovan and her issue with illegal drugs found at her home and of course allegations about ms. Donovan and her reputation and support among those who enjoy an alternative lifestyle .
Gabriel Francis September 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Corruption with the dems under ferierro with mcguire, mcnereny, molinelli has now turned into corruption under the Rs with yudin, saudino and mitchell. As hard as yudin tries, he still can't pull donovan's strings.
Tommy P September 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
prignamiously? One can not run for mayor, only council. I am not running for council. Common sense maybe uncommon, but I am by no means the only person in town who "knows how to run things".
nick bograd September 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Tommy P , you obviously view yourself as "Brilliant", it must be easy being the ultimate "armchair quarterback with perfect hindsight" !
Turd Ferguson October 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
What a crook.


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