Township of Monroe

Township Council Regular meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. When there is a holiday or conflict, the council meeting will be held on the first Wednesday. In June and November, the meetings will be held on Wednesday, June 7th and Wednesday, November 8th. This is due to the June Primary and November General Elections.

Township Council Agenda Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. If that Monday falls on a holiday or there's a conflict, then the meeting will be held on the first Wednesday.


Mayor and Township Council





Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro was elected in November 2015 and sworn-in as the Township's new Mayor on January 1, 2016 for a term of four years.  He resides in Greenbriar with his wife Carole and has six children and nine grandchildren.

A retired banker, Mayor Tamburro served as Vice-President of Commercial Lending for National State Bank of Elizabeth and as President of a community state bank in NJ. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University.

Prior to being elected Mayor, Mayor Tamburro had been elected in November 2001 as the Second Ward Council representative, serving as Council President for eight years.  Mayor Tamburro is currently a member on the Monroe Township Planning Board and formerly served as Chairman of the Affordable Housing Board, Chairman of the Master Plan Review Committee, Council Representative to the ADA Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Middlesex County Planning Board and former member of the Monroe Township Planning Board and NJ Training School Citizens Review Committee.

 




Stephen Dalina, Council President

Council Vice-President Stephen Dalina has served as Councilman At-Large since 2011 and has lived in the Third Ward with his wife Susan and two children since 1998.

Council Vice-President Dalina is currently the Assistant Director for Rutgers University Business and Administrative Services. He also serves as a part-time lecturer in the School of Communication at Rutgers. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rider University and has a Master of Library Science Degree from Rutgers University.

Council Vice-President Dalina currently serves as the Mayor’s Representative on the Library Board of Trustees, Council Representative on the Recreation Advisory Board and Citizen Review Board; formerly served as Chairman of both the Monroe Township Zoning Board of Adjustment since 2002 and the Recreation Advisory Board; member of the Monroe Township Baseball Association Executive Board, serving as League President in 2007-2008, Rutgers Club President 2005-2010, and previously serving as Secretary, Treasurer and President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of ARMA.

 



Elizabeth "Betty" Schneider, Council Vice President

Councilwoman Elizabeth “Betty” Schneider was elected to office in November 2013, serving as a representative of the First Ward and is a resident of Rossmoor. Prior to being elected as a Council Member, she had served as a member on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Before moving to Monroe, Councilwoman Schneider served for twenty years as a member of the North Brunswick Board of Education and is currently a member of the Monroe Education Foundation. Councilwoman Schneider currently serves as Council Representative to the Human Relations Commission and as liaison to the Monroe Township High School Key Club. She had formerly served as President of the Rossmoor Kiwanis Club and as a Mutual Director in Rossmoor.





Michael Leibowitz, Councilman

Councilman Michael Leibowitz was elected to office in November 2009, serving as a representative of the Third Ward. He had previously served as a Councilman in Ward 3 from 1980 to 1984. He and his wife, Judy, reside at 21 South Rhoda Street where they raised two children who are now adults and have one grand-daughter.

Councilman Leibowitz is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Mathematics. He is a Vietnam War Veteran and while on active military duty, he earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Drury College in Springfield, MO. After his discharge from the military, he earned a CLU from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

He is active in Veterans organizations, serving as a trustee for Central Monroe VFW Post 262 and as National Chief of Staff to the Commander of the Jewish War Veterans.

Formerly, Mr. Leibowitz was employed as Regional Manager of Government and Community Relations with New Jersey Transit and had previously owned an insurance agency in Monroe Township.

Councilman Leibowitz is currently serving as Council Representative on the Monroe Township Planning Board, Chairman of the NJ Training School Citizen Review Committee, Council Representative on the Fire Study Advisory Committee, Shade Tree Commission, Open Space and Farmland Preservation Commission and the Middlesex County Housing and Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee. Additionally, he is a past Trustee to the Etz Chaim Monroe Township Jewish Center where he had served in various official positions.

 


 


Miriam Cohen, Councilwoman

The Monroe Township Council appointed Councilwoman Miriam Cohen to an open At-Large seat in March 2017. Cohen earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Adelphi University and went on to complete a master’s degree in community health nursing from Rutgers University.  Her past titles include senior consultant for MIIX Healthcare Group, director of referrals at the Essex Valley Visiting Nurses Association, public health nursing supervisor at the Middlesex County Public Health Department and most recently, director of disaster planning for the New Jersey Primary Care Association.  Cohen is currently a registered nurse and an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey.   An avid tap dancer and devoted wife and grandmother to five, Cohen previously headed East Brunswick’s League of Women Voters, is a former member of the Monroe Township Affordable Housing Board and serves as president of the Whittingham Homeowner’s Association in Greenbriar at Whittingham. 



 

Leonard Baskin, Councilman

Leonard Baskin was appointed to the serve out the unexpired term for the Ward 2 representative starting July 2017.
A resident of the Greenbriar Stonebridge active adult community, Monroe has been Baskin’s home for more than a decade.  A well-known figure in Stonebridge, he heads the community’s investment discussion club.

Born in Brooklyn, Baskin kids that he was “forcibly removed” by his pharmacist father at the age of one and raised in his mother’s home state of Connecticut.  He has two grandchildren and two daughters, one a seventh-grade math teacher and the other an employee at Cisco. Baskin hails from an academic and scientific research background, having majored in Chemistry at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. and later earned a doctorate in biochemistry from John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Among his many professional roles, Baskin taught at Stevens Institute of Technology, conducted research at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Veterans Assistance Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Although he retired from a second career in computer programming in recent years, today he still keeps busy as a substitute teacher and tutor.
As one of the founding members of Monroe’s burgeoning community garden, Baskin remains an anchor for the operation, an active volunteer and has become well versed in the various channels of local government.

With regard to his long-spanning record of public service, Baskin has been a member of the Monroe Shade Tree Commission and Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the planning board, Safety Committee and Citizens Advisory Council in other New Jersey municipalities.

In his spare time, Baskin can often be found at the gym, attending local events and brushing up on his table tennis skills.  He’s a self-proclaimed technology buff and political junkie.

 



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