Township of Monroe

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 as the Second Ward Representative in November 2001. He resides at 35 Birmingham Lane, in Greenbriar, with his wife Carole. They have six children and nine grandchildren.

A retired banker, Mr. 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.

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

Council Vice-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.

Ms. 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 Vice-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.  Ms. 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, 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. 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.

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 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. He also currently serves as Trustee to the Etz Chaim Monroe Township Jewish Center where he has served in various official positions throughout the years since its inception.

Stephen Dalina, Councilman

Councilman 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.

Mr. 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.

Councilman 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, 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.

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