Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara, Freeholder Director, was elected to the Freeholder Board in 2016. A Paterson native and life-long Passaic County resident, her commitment and desire to serve the residents of Passaic County runs deep. She was raised to embody the spirit of a public servant and to serve others with integrity, competency and loyalty.
In her first year as a Freeholder, she served as Chair of the Passaic County Human Services Committee, a committee that provides services to this county’s most vulnerable. Additionally, she served as co-chair of the Planning and Economic Committee, which includes the county’s Economic Development Division, Public Housing Agency, and County Historian. Assignments also included liaison to the Passaic County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Advisory Committee, the Board of School Estimate and the Passaic County Planning Board.
Current Freeholder Standing Committees, on which Freeholder Director Lazzara serves, includes Human Service, Public Works, and Administration & Finance. She is serving in her second year as a representative to the Passaic County Youth Services Commission and is afforded the opportunity to collaborate with a team of professionals who are determined to provide our youth with the services and support necessary to help them realize their full potential.
As a working mother of two grown sons – Anthony and Joseph - she is aware of how hard it is to make ends meet today. She works closely with the entire Board of Chosen Freeholders, County Administrator and Passaic County staff to examine every expenditure and ensure that the taxpayers of Passaic County get the most value out of their hard-earned money.
Freeholder Lazzara has spent over twenty-five years in education promoting the welfare of children, schools, and the community. She holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from Montclair University and an M.Ed in Administration & Supervision from William Paterson University. Freeholder Lazzara worked for the Woodland Park Board of Education in multiple capacities, including teaching. Involved with educational issues on the local, county, state and national levels, Freeholder Lazzara has proven to be a strong advocate for public education. Freeholder Lazzara knows the value of good government.