Township Council Regular meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. In February, the meeting will be held on the 10th. 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 4th and Wednesday, November 5th. 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 Richard Pucci
Mayor Pucci has served as Mayor since 1988. The term of office is four years. He resides at 9 Middlesex Blvd., Monroe Township, with his wife, Kathleen. He has two married daughters, Michelle and Denise and four grandchildren. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority.
Mayor Pucci received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Rider University and Bachelors Degree from the University of Miami. He is a former Business Administrator for three municipalities in New Jersey and is a past inductee in the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Township's Planning Board, Middlesex County Conference of Mayors and the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. He established the Mayor Richard Pucci Scholarship Endowment Fund for college bound Monroe Township High School Students planning Public Service Careers. Mayor Pucci is also a past recipient of the New Jersey Library Association Champion Award.
Gerald W. Tamburro, Council President
Council President Gerald W. Tamburro was elected to office in November 2001, serving as a representative of the Second Ward. He resides at 35 Birmingham Lane, in Greenbriar, with his wife Carole. They have six children and nine grandchildren.
Retiring from a lifelong career in banking, Mr. Tamburro served as Vice-President of Commercial Lending for National State Bank of Elizabeth and as President of a community state bank in New Jersey. He received his Bachelors Degree from Seton Hall University and a Graduate Degree from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University.
Council President Tamburro is currently serving 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.
Leslie Koppel, Council Vice President
Councilwoman Leslie Koppel was appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2006 to serve as Councilwoman At-Large and retained her seat by winning in the November 2007 General Election. She is a life-long resident of Monroe Township, with her three children attending the Monroe Township Public Schools.
Ms. Koppel earned her Master’s Degree in Politics and Public Policy at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University in December 2009 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Hunter College. She is currently the Director of a non-profit community program in Hightstown. She has also had 16 years of retail sales and management experience.
Councilwoman Koppel is currently a member on the Monroe Township Planning Board and Council Representative on the Master Plan Review Committee, Cultural Arts Commission and Human Relations Commission. She also serves on the Middlesex County Transportation Coordinating Committee and is a member of the Monroe Township League of Women Voters and a member of Congregation Etz Chaim, the Monroe Township Jewish Center.
In addition to her public service as a member of the Township Council, Ms. Koppel has served as former President of the Barclay Brook/Brookside Schools PTA and as a member of the Monroe Township Board of Education Ad Hoc and Strategic Planning Committees.
Michael Leibowitz, Councilman
Councilman Michael Leibowitz was elected to office in November 2009, serving as a representative of the Third Ward. Mr. Leibowitz 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. In August 2011 they became grandparents for the first time.
Mr. 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 at night school, from Drury College in Springfield, MO and after discharge from the military, 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 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. He also served as a past Trustee of the Etz Chaim Monroe Township Jewish Center.
Stephen Dalina, Councilman
Councilman Stephen Dalina was elected to office in November 2011 and has lived in the Third Ward with his wife and children since 1998.
Mr. Dalina is presently employed as the University Records Manager for Rutgers University and also serves as a part-time lecturer in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rider University and has a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from Rutgers University.
Councilman Dalina currently serves as the Mayor’s Representative on the Library Board of Trustees, Council Representative on the Recreation Advisory Board, former Chairman of the Monroe Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and Recreation Advisory Board, member of the Monroe Township Baseball Association Executive Board, serving as League President in 2007-2008, Rutgers Club President 2005-2010, previously serving as Secretary, Treasurer and President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of ARMA.
Elizabeth "Betty" Schneider, Councilwoman
A warm welcome to Councilwoman Schneider. Her profile is currectly being updated.