FAIR LAWN, NJ – Cristina Cutrone was appointed as councilwoman last night, replacing Mayor Lisa Swain who resigned to take a state assembly seat.

Kurt Peluso was appointed mayor and Gail Rottenstrich was appointed deputy mayor.

On May 10, the Fair Lawn Democratic Municipal Committee nominated Cutrone, along with Martin Etler and Leslie Felner to fill the council vacancy. Cutrone was voted to the position unanimously by the council on May 15.

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Cutrone must run for election in November to fulfill the one-year unexpired four-year term. Swain had 1.5 years left in her term, which means if Cutrone wins in the fall, she can run as an incumbent in November 2019 if she chooses to seek the four-year term.

Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur, who Cutrone called a “dear, dear friend,” swore-in Cutrone.

“As president of WE DO, it humbles me to be a part of this tonight,” Cutrone said from her new spot on the dais. “I encourage women to give back and fight for what they believe in.”

WE DO, Women Empowered Democratic Organization, is a grassroots political organization in Bergen County which supports Democratic women to run for office or to become involved in local political issues, according to the group’s website.

Cutrone is the president and co-founder of WE DO of Bergen County, according to her biography on the WE DO website. She has been a teacher for 13 years and currently teaches history and Advanced Placement Government and Politics at Tenafly High School. She is the vice president of the Tenafly Education Association, as well.

Cutrone is a trustee to the Bergen County Board of Education for Special Services and serves as the Municipal Chairwoman of Fair Lawn’s Democratic County Committee. She was first elected to this role in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015.

Cutrone holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Government and Politics and Secondary Education and a master’s degree from New Jersey City University in Educational Leadership.

“I strive to listen and act honorably,” she said.