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The Council consists of five members with each serving a term of 4 years. In 2019 three members will be elected to the Fair Lawn Council. The five members will select one of its members to serve a two-year term as Mayor.

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    Glen Callons
    (Rep)

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    Cristina Cutrone
    (Dem)

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    John F. Gil
    (Rep)

  • Stephen Janiszak
    (Rep)

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    Kris Krause
    (Dem)

  • Kurt Peluso
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What does party identification mean in the council race? Does being a Republican or Democrat matter in local politics?

With regard to development, where do you see deficits in the types of businesses offered?

What is the most important thing that you hope to accomplish during your time on the council?

Campaign Email fairlawngop@gmail.com
Here in Fair Lawn, being a Republican means leadership and a track record of success. Under Fair Lawn Republican Leadership, Fair Lawn invested in our infrastructure, supported our borough employees, maintained a strong police force, and encouraged business growth, all while keeping taxes stable and practicing fiscal responsibility. Fair Lawn Republican leadership put Fair Lawn in the best fiscal shape it has ever been in as stated by our town's auditor.

In a town election, the local party shows where your priorities are and track records. We are proud to stand with current Deputy Mayor John Cosgrove and former Republican mayors and councilmembers Amy Lefkowitz, Marc Zharnest, Dan Dunay, Jeanne Barratta, Ed Trawinski, and Nick Felice.
While going door to door and listening to our residents, many would like to see more opportunities to spend time with their families. We were happy to see the recent ordinance changing the zoning to allow for microbreweries, gyms, and other "experience" venues to use our older industrial properties. This is a great example of Republicans and Democrats working together to make our community better. We look forward to keeping the spirit of bipartisanship alive.
Back in April, we promised a positive campaign based on our experience and our ideas. To that end, we put forth our "Promise to Fair Lawn", goals we set to work on if elected by the residents of our town. These 7 points can be found on our website at www.fairlawngop.com.
I believe that what matters most are our values and our priorities; that includes standing up for taxpayers, fighting to improve the quality of life for our families, children, seniors and veterans, and protecting the health and safety of all Fair Lawn residents.
I'm dedicated to bringing new businesses to town that improve our families’ quality of life and help reduce the tax burden on homeowners. Additionally, it’s very important that development does not put a further strain on our school district.

Central to these efforts, I am focused on revitalizing our downtown areas, including bringing more restaurants and modern retailers to the Fair Lawn Avenue corridor.
My goal is to ensure Fair Lawn remains a thriving and affordable community. We’ve had no tax increase the last two years and we’re committed to keeping taxes stable while improving services. I'm determined to protect our families’ health with treatment upgrades and a full water system analysis. We have revitalized the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, started the first Senior Resource Fair and received grant money to make Fair Lawn an age-friendly town. We have upgraded our fields with new turf surfaces and expanded programming for young children and families. We have implemented new traffic signals to keep pedestrians and drivers safe. We’re focused on building on the progress we’ve made so far and won't stop fighting for our families.
Campaign Email fairlawngop@gmail.com
Here in Fair Lawn, being a Republican means leadership and a track record of success. Under Fair Lawn Republican leadership, Fair Lawn invested in our infrastructure, supported our borough employees, maintained a strong police force, and encouraged business growth, all while keeping taxes stable and practicing fiscal responsibility. Fair Lawn Republican leadership put Fair Lawn in the best fiscal shape it has ever been in as stated by our town's auditor.

In a town election, the local party shows where your priorities are and track records. We are proud to stand with current Deputy Mayor John Cosgrove and former Republican mayors and councilmembers Amy Lefkowitz, Marc Zharnest, Dan Dunay, Jeanne Barratta, Ed Trawinski, and Nick Felice.
While going door to door and listening to our residents, many would like to see more opportunities to spend time with their families. We were happy to see the recent ordinance changing the zoning to allow for microbreweries, gyms, and other "experience" venues to use our older industrial properties. This is a great example of Republicans and Democrats working together to make our community better. We look forward to keeping the spirit of bipartisanship alive.
Back in April, we promised a positive campaign based on our experience and our ideas. To that end, we put forth our "Promise to Fair Lawn", goals we set to work on if elected by the residents of our town. These 7 points can be found on our website at www.fairlawngop.com.

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Party affiliation is just one piece of information that voters can weigh when assessing candidates running for an office. The weight each voter gives political identification will vary from voter to voter and candidate to candidate, but I trust each individual voter to make that determination. I do believe it is information voters should have access to.

In terms of governing, what matters is what our residents need. I would respond to Fair Lawn issues as a Fair Lawn resident who cares about his community.
Fair Lawn is fortunate to have a number of diverse businesses—from unique family-owned operations, to regional and national chains—including restaurants, industrial zones, professional offices, and more. Growing up, I loved walking down River Road with my grandmother because the town that I lived in as a child did not have a walkable business district. I’m proud of our community businesses and wouldn’t characterize any of them as having “deficits.” What I want to do is encourage new business additions to the borough if their plans are in line with Fair Lawn’s available space and the wants and needs of our community. I would prioritize having a diverse foundation of businesses that will help consistently ease the tax burden on residents.
Fair Lawn is a special community that is large enough to have the resources to do great things, but small enough for its residents to get to know their neighbors throughout the borough. My running mates have worked hard to bring improvements, like the new turf field and Fair Lawn’s first-ever Art in the Park. Participating in community events through my son’s school and as a volunteer junior wrestling coach in Fair Lawn has made me want to find even more ways to contribute to our community. For the last two years, I have been the chair of the Memorial Pool Committee and I’m proud of the work that goes into the pool. If elected to council, I would like to continue to focus on community opportunities for residents of all ages.
Campaign Email kurtpeluso@gmail.com
Over the course of my eight years as an elected official in Fair Lawn, Fair Lawn’s welfare has been my first priority. This is what matters in local politics: over the last two years, we have seen a 0% tax increase on municipal taxes, two bond upgrades, significant improvements in our parks and recreation, a focus on pedestrian safety, more support for our emergency services, investments in our infrastructure, and much more.
My platform has always been: if it’s green, keep it green; if it’s a facility that needs rehabilitation, let’s attract the businesses Fair Lawn wants. Fair Lawn has more parks per resident than any other community in Bergen County, and I have simply told many developers that have wanted to build on our green space: “No.” We have seen significant investments in our downtown areas. Broadway has become the medical hub of Bergen County, the Promenade is the blueprint for development that we see other towns following, and both mom-and-pop shops and larger corporations are doing well in our community.
Currently, Fair Lawn is in the best financial shape it has ever been in. I want to make sure we continue on the path we have created. When you have a budget that does not increase municipal taxes and makes investments in the services that set Fair Lawn apart from many others, our community thrives.