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Past, Future Unite At Swearing-In Of Emerson Councilmen

Denise, Madeline Rose, Lily Ann and Brian Downing, with County Executive Jim Tedesco officiating
Denise, Madeline Rose, Lily Ann and Brian Downing, with County Executive Jim Tedesco officiating Photo Credit: COURTESY: Downing family
Barbara and John Lazar, with Mayor Louis Lamatina, County Executive James Tedesco officiating
Barbara and John Lazar, with Mayor Louis Lamatina, County Executive James Tedesco officiating Photo Credit: COURTESY: Downing family

EMERSON, N.J. -- A first-timer and second-timer officially took seats on the Emerson council when Brian Downing and John Lazar were sworn in Tuesday to two three-year terms.

Both Democrats, they won seats in November that were vacated by Councilmen Stephen Paino and Scott Rivers, who didn't seek re-election.

Downing, the leading vote-getter, has made downtown redevelopment a priority, while Lazar -- who'd previously been on the council and at one point served as its president -- pledged to resume a Kinderkamack Road reconstruction plan that he devised with Mayor Louis Lamatina several years ago.

Both Downing and Lazar have lived in Emerson for more than four decades.

Downing is a retired sergeant from the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. He was joined at the swearing in by his wife, Denise, who held their daughter, 3-year-old Madeline Rose, and their 6-year-old daughter, Lily Ann, who held the Bible.

Lazar and his wife, Barbara, have a son and two grandchildren.

He is a volunteer firefighter and retired fire official/administrator from the Bergenfield Fire Prevention Bureau and former Ramsey contractor.

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