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 8th. 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 8th and Wednesday, November 9th. 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.
Leslie Koppel, Council President
Council President Leslie Koppel has served as Councilwoman At-Large since 2006. She is a life-long resident of Monroe Township, with her three children, who attend the Monroe Township Public Schools.
Council President Koppel earned her Master’s Degree in Politics and Public Policy at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Hunter College. She is currently the Director of Rise- a Community Service Partnership, a non-profit community organization providing social services and support in the East Windsor and Hightstown area. She has also had more than 16 years of retail sales and management experience.
Council President Koppel currently serves on the Cultural Arts Commission and on the Middlesex County Transportation Coordinating Committee and is a member of the Monroe Township League of Women Voters. Council President Koppel formerly served as a member on the Planning Board and Recreation Advisory Board.
In addition to her public service as a member of the Township Council, Council President 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.
Stephen Dalina, Council Vice-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.
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.
Elizabeth "Betty" Schneider, Councilwoman
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.
Blaise Dipierro, Councilman
Councilman Blaise Dipierro was appointed on January 12, 2016 to serve as the Second Ward Council Representative. He and his wife Audra are lifelong residents of Monroe Township, residing in the Second Ward with their three sons.
He is a retired Detective from the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office after serving 25 years. During his career he served in many areas of law enforcement, including the Narcotics Task Force, Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence, Fugitive Apprehension, and Special Victims Unit working with every local police agency as well as State and Federal agencies. He currently operates a small landscaping business.
Councilman Dipierro currently serves as Council Representative for both the Historic Preservation Commission and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Commission. Before his Law Enforcement career, he served as a Commissioner on the Monroe Township Municipal Utilities Authority and on the Industrial Commission Advisory Board.