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
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…