Township of Monroe

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Looking Forward

January 18, 2018

Monroe Township Council:  Looking Forward

By Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

I am always extremely proud to live among residents who take such great pride in their community and their civic responsibilities, particularly when exercising their right to vote. 

The November 7th General Election demonstrated democracy in action with nearly 40 percent of Monroe Township’s approximately 34,000 registered voters casting their ballots. 

Our local election was a race for four of the five Township Council seats.  In play was one of the At-Large seats, as well as the Ward 1, 2 and 3 Council seats.

Incumbent candidates Elizabeth Schneider (Ward 1) and Leonard Baskin (Ward 2) were elected to four-year terms and Miriam Cohen (At-Large) was elected for two years to fill the remaining term of Leslie Koppel, who was appointed as a Freeholder earlier this year. 

We are also happy to welcome newcomer Charles DiPierro to a four-year term as the Ward 3 Council representative.

Recent elections in New Jersey and across the country have proven to be emotional and dramatic, and this one was no different. 

During my time as Councilman and Mayor, I have subscribed to this guiding principle: Once the election is over, it’s time to govern.  There are no more party lines, just a group of dedicated leaders working together to unite our community and act in the best interest of the taxpayers.


  • Together, we unite as civic leaders.
  • Together, we will be working to keep our taxes among the very lowest in Middlesex County.
  • Together, we will be working to grow our open spaces and expand our recreation opportunities.
  • Together, we will be working to keep our community safe and secure.
  • Together, we will be working to encourage residents to volunteer and take an active role in the community.
  • Together, we will be working to recoup our fair share of state school funding. 
  • Together, we will be working to bring new business opportunities to Monroe Township.
  • Together, we will be working to ensure that Monroe residents have the highest quality services.
  • Together, we will be working to encourage our residents to practice kindness and acceptance in the community.
  • Together, we will be working for all of Monroe Township’s residents.
  • Congratulations to each of the newly elected Council members; I look forward to working together. Wishing each of you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!


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