FAIR LAWN, NJ - Mayor Kurt Peluso, Councilwoman Cristina Cutrone, and Candidate Kris Krause are focused on continuing to build on the successes of the Democratic majority council, projecting a third year with a 0% municipal tax increase, more programs for seniors and young families, and improved pedestrian safety measures.
Kurt has been mayor of Fair Lawn since 2018. He is a Program Manager for EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet regardless of income. For the past ten years Kurt has worked for nonprofits that strengthen the communities they serve. Strengthening communities has been the ethos of Kurt’s political life as well.
A lifelong resident of Fair Lawn, he’s committed to the town’s well-being and progress. Kurt has two children with his wife Linda, who is a middle school teacher, and has served as a volunteer coach for baseball, soccer, track and basketball.
Mayor Peluso was elected to Fair Lawn’s Borough Council in 2011 and has served both as a councilman and deputy mayor since then, and is currently serving his second year as mayor.
Cristina Cutrone is focused on protecting residents’ health and safety and building a strong future for Fair Lawn families. As a councilwoman, Cristina believes it’s important to be fiscally responsible when it comes to residents’ tax dollars. In the 2019 budget cycle, she was proud to vote in favor of a budget that included no tax increase on the municipal side of the town’s property taxes.
Cristina is also working to improve the quality of the town’s drinking water. She was instrumental in bringing in an outside engineering company who specializes in water quality to do a full analysis of our system so that the council can make an educated decision on how to move forward to ensure Fair Lawn’s water meets the strictest safety standards.
She is passionate about finding ways to expand community events and programming for our young families in town, while also finding ways to allow our senior residents to age in place. She relaunched the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee so the town can better understand the needs and wants of our senior citizens and has continued to build programs to create community engagement, like the Community Campout.
Cristina is a public high school social studies teacher in Tenafly and is a former Board of Education trustee for Bergen County’s Special Services School District. She and her husband, Stephen Musnikow, a lifelong Fair Lawn resident, are the parents of two children.
Kris Krause is an active Fair Lawn resident who is committed to increasing community activities while continuing the Democrats’ fiscally responsible approach to government. He has served as chairman of the Memorial Pool Committee for the past two years and is part of 2019’s Fair Lawn Citizens’ Fire Academy. Kris has coached Fair Lawn Junior Wrestling for four seasons and going into his fifth, though in reality he coaches all year long at weekly open mat practices in the off-season. His wife Merideth is a high school biology teacher and they have two young boys.
Kris has tirelessly knocked on doors and taken advantage of any opportunity to meet Fair Lawn’s residents and listen to their thoughts on the community since joining Mayor Kurt Peluso and Councilwoman Cristina Cutrone in the 2019 campaign for Fair Lawn Borough Council. He believes that Fair Lawn is best served by accessible, committed councilmembers, and is approaching campaigning the same way he intends to approach governing if elected.
As an attorney, Kris spends his time listening closely to different perspectives and weighing evidence to determine the best path forward. He admires his running mates’ dedication to building Fair Lawn’s sense of community in a fiscally responsible way and promises to continue to balance those goals by listening to residents’ needs, considering expert recommendations, and working with the rest of the council to determine the best path to move Fair Lawn forward.
All three candidates are committed to ensuring that Fair Lawn keeps moving forward with safer streets, a revitalized downtown, and continued fiscal responsibility that ensures that its residents’ tax dollars are used to provide town services for all.