Township of Monroe

The Mayor's Column

Monroe Township Bids Farewell to Dedicated Employees

June 05, 2018

By Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

Goodbyes are always difficult.  Saying farewell to two long-time, popular staff members this spring has been bittersweet. With a combined 28 years of service, Senior Services Director Bonnie Leibowitz and Recreation Program Supervisor Jay Brown are handing off their Township duties and heading into retirement.  

Bonnie Leibowitz will mark her last day with the municipality on June 29.  Bonnie began her career with Monroe almost 14 years ago as an outreach professional in the Senior Center, when it was still located in the municipal building’s basement.  The program, which accommodated a little more than 13,000 Senior Center members at the time, was operating at full capacity and bursting at the seams. Since their move into the Center’s Halsey Reed Road location in 2013, they have attracted nearly 5,000 additional senior members and increased their programming schedule to include popular speakers and entertainers, as well as yoga, bridge and ping pong.  Bonnie’s charismatic personality enabled her to recruit 174 volunteers in the process. Her intuitive nature and special connection to the members has allowed her to attract much needed services for our residents at little or no cost, including health screenings, drivers’ safety and tax preparation.  Bonnie tells me that she counts the Community Cares Thanksgiving Luncheon, as well as the Roaring 90s Club, among her greatest legacies. She also considers it her greatest honor to be able to work with the staff and witness how they have affected people’s lives in so many positive ways.

Jay Brown, a program supervisor with Monroe Township Recreation Department, retired at the end of April.  A former New York City educator, Jay has been with the Township since 2004 and has been instrumental in Department’s development of both its facilities and programming.  Specifically charged with expanding recreation activities for our seniors, he has been pivotal in the organization of the Mayor’s Cup competitions, including bocce, golf, tennis and bowling. Jay also introduced the popular senior vs. MTHS senior competitions, as well as pickle ball and the popular lunch and learn programs.   You could always count on Jay to man the grill, cooking hundreds of hot dogs during National Night Out.  Jay says he is most proud of the way they have built up the Mayor’s Cup.  He boasts that he has made a lot of friends and will absolutely miss his time with the residents and staff.

These two are fine examples of hard-working and dedicated Monroe Township employees. I want to thank them for their service to our residents. I know we will miss their contributions and wish them both good health and happiness in retirement.

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