Thursday, March 7, 2013
Mayor John Cosgrove said he felt compelled to release a statement after receiving queries from residents about borough manager Tom Metzler's resignation on Monday.
Thursday, March 7
Mayor John Cosgrove released the following statement Thursday: As many of you already know, our Manager Tom Metzler submitted his resignation to me this week. I was saddened to accept his resignation based on the fact that it was obvious that Manager Metzler was doing an outstanding job for the people of Fair Lawn. A little over a month ago, the Manager informed me that he had been receiving numerous offers of employment from both public and private entities. He expressed to me that he would prefer to stay in Fair Lawn, and be able to continue to do what he loves, serve as our manager. However, with Fair Lawn’s history in an election year, he knew that his odds would not be good if the balance of power changed. Mr. Metzler had been …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wayne Robbins paid a visit to the mayor's office in the Fair Lawn municipal building to speak with John Cosgrove about his new role.
Inside Fair Lawn's Wayne Robbins sat down recently with John Cosgrove to chat about Mr. Fair Lawn's first month in the mayor's seat and the work he sees ahead for the borough in the coming year. Cosgrove, a lifelong Fair Lawn resident and volunteer extraordinaire, is in his second year on council. At the re-organization meeting earlier this month, Cosgrove's colleagues unanimously designated him as Fair Lawn's mayor for 2013. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Friday, January 4, 2013
Lifelong resident and volunteer extraordinaire John Cosgrove was sworn in as the mayor of Fair Lawn Thursday night at the borough council re-organization meeting.
Following a unanimous vote by council, John Cosgrove, flanked by family and friends, was sworn in Thursday night as the mayor of Fair Lawn. Jeanne Baratta and Ed Trawinski were sworn in as the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs, respectively. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Below is a transcript of John Cosgrove's opening remarks upon being sworn in as mayor of Fair Lawn.
Friday, January 4
Good evening, I’d just like to thank everyone for being here tonight, and I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year and thank the people of Fair Lawn for giving me the honor and privilege to serve as your mayor. Special thanks go out to my friend the Honorable Judge Miguel de la Carerra for swearing me in. Miggy and I have been friends since we attended Radburn School almost 50 years ago. I also want to thank the council for giving me this opportunity and thank Mayor Baratta for the outstanding job she did in 2012. I know I have big shoes to fill, actually in Mayor Baratta’s case, six inch high heels, but I thank her for all her hard work and dedication to the people of Fair Lawn. I’m proud to serve on this council with such dedicated …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Lifelong borough volunteer John Cosgrove will be sworn in as Fair Lawn's next mayor at the Jan. 3 council re-organization meeting.
You need spend only a few brief minutes with John Cosgrove to understand why he's affectionately called "Mr. Fair Lawn." The tireless borough volunteer and community advocate whose family has called Fair Lawn home for over a century seems to know everyone and have a pulse on everything going on in town. When Cosgrove is sworn in as mayor next week, he'll become the official face of the community that always has been the center of his universe. "I cant say I aspired to it," said Cosgrove, who currently serves as deputy mayor, "but even when I was in high school people would always joke to me, 'You should be the mayor.' It’s finally coming to fruition." Jeanne Baratta, who back in January became Fair Lawn's first Republican mayor in over a …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Baratta will be sworn in as the borough's 36th mayor at the Jan. 3 council re-organization meeting
As chief of staff for the county executive and soon-to-be mayor of Fair Lawn, Jeanne Baratta is no stranger to the spotlight. Her dual county and municipal positions have made her a lightning rod for criticism on the comment pages of the Fair Lawn Patch and NorthJersey.com. Even Democratic councilman-elect Kurt Peluso joined the fray recently, calling on Baratta to resign her council seat because of what he perceived to be a "conflict of interest." Baratta said she's stung by the comments, which she admits to reading, and has many times responded to. "I am very offended when people call me a double dipper..or that I’m padding my pension," she said. "Because it’s the farthest thing from the truth." Baratta said when she was first elected to…
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Fair Lawn Borough Council election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Get to Know a Candidate -- Fast Facts Lisa Swain Age: 53 Family: Husband, Ron Bienstock; Daughters, Molly, 19, and Nicky, 17 Job: Swim instructor, Ridgewood YMCA Current Office: Mayor of Fair Lawn Education: B.A., University of Rochester (Psychology); M.A., New York University (Sports and Fitness Management) Ties to Fair Lawn: Has lived in Fair Lawn for 17 years; Husband Ron grew up in Fair Lawn. Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld; Curb Your Enthusiasm; The Good Wife Favorite Movie: Best in Show Favorite Author: Ken Follett Favorite Musical Artist: Elton John; Queen; and her husband's band, the Blue East Jazz Ensemble Favorite Song: "Your Song" by Elton John and "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie Favorite Political or Cultural Icons: …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Mayor Swain will meet with any and all residents who'd like to air their concerns about the community this Saturday at the Land and Sea Restaurant, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I want to thank the borough employees once again for stepping up and helping the residents during another weather emergency. We just barely recovered from the hurricane and we got hit with a Nor'easter. From the moment the storm struck, the employees were ready with snow plows, answering phones and blocking dangerous roads. Many of these employees worked long hours even while their families were home in a dark, cold house. The clean up is just beginning and I know the employees will continue to work hard to pick up the debris and keep our streets safe. Thank you, borough employees for all you do for the residents! - Mayor Lisa Swain
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Mayor Lisa Swain will meet with residents Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Gotham City Diner on Broadway
Mayor Lisa Swain encourages residents to meet her Saturday morning at the Gotham City Diner on Broadway to have a coffee and chat about issues of import within the community. Swain said the onslaught of calls and emails she received from residents following last month’s flood inspired her to conduct a series of community sit-downs to better connect with residents. “Because of the increased volume of phone calls and concerns, I thought it would be a good idea to get out of the office and around where it might be easier for people to reach me, especially on a weekend,” Swain said. The mayor held her first community sit-down last Sunday at Panera, and will hold another on Nov. 5 at the Land and Sea Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents…