Township of Monroe

In 2018, the Monroe Township Council’s regular meetings will be held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. and the agenda meetings on the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Click here for the 2018 Township Council Schedule.

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. Tamburro resides in Greenbriar at Whittingham with his wife Carole with whom he shares six children and nine grandchildren.

A retired banker, he served as vice president of commercial lending for the National State Bank of Elizabeth and as president of a community bank in New Jersey. Tamburro earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

Prior to taking on the duties of Mayor, Tamburro had been elected in November 2001 as the second ward Council representative, serving as council president for eight years.  He is currently a member of the Monroe Township Planning Board and previously served as chairman of the Affordable Housing Board, chairman of the Master Plan Review Committee, Council representative to the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee, vice chairman of the Middlesex County Planning Board and a member New Jersey Training School Citizens Review Committee.


Stephen Dalina, Council President

Council President Stephen Dalina has served as Councilman At-Large since 2011. He moved to the third ward with his wife Susan and two children in 1998. Dalina is currently the assistant director for Rutgers University’s 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.

Dalina formerly served as chairman of both the Monroe Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Recreation Advisory Board.  He is a past member of the Monroe Township Baseball Association Executive Board, serving as League president in 2007 and 2008, the former president of the Rutgers Club from 2005 to 2010, and previously served as secretary, treasurer and president of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. As a Council liaison, Dalina currently sits on: the Monroe Township Library Board, the Citizens Review Board as chairman, the Affordable Housing Commission as chairman and the Recreation Advisory Board.



Elizabeth "Betty" Schneider, Council Vice President

Councilwoman Council Vice President Elizabeth “Betty” Schneider was elected to office in November 2013, representing the first ward of Monroe Township. She has long been an active and outgoing resident of the Rossmoor community. Prior to being elected as a Council member, she served on the Township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. Before moving to Monroe, Councilwoman Schneider also served 20 years as a member of the North Brunswick Township Board of Education and is currently a member of the Monroe Education Foundation.

Councilwoman Schneider had formerly served as president of the Rossmoor Kiwanis Club and as a mutual director in Rossmoor.  As Council liaison, Schneider currently sits on: the Monroe Township Human Relations Commission, the Commission on Aging, the Planning Board and the Monroe Township High School Key Club.


Miriam Cohen, Councilwoman

The Monroe Township Council appointed Councilwoman Miriam Cohen to an open At-Large seat in March 2017. Cohen was elected into the seat eight months later and took her oath of office to serve out the unexpired two-year term in January 2018.  She 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. 

Councilwoman 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.  As a Council liaison, Cohen currently sits on: the Middlesex County Transportation Board and the Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission and Youth Advisory Commission.


Leonard Baskin, Councilman

Leonard Baskin was appointed as second ward Councilman in July 2017. He was elected to his first four- year term in November 2017. A resident of the Stonebridge community, Monroe has been Baskin’s home for more than a decade. He is a proud father and grandfather to two daughters and two grandchildren. Baskin 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 and conducted research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Veterans Assistance Medical Center in Brooklyn. Today, he keeps busy as a part-time substitute teacher and tutor.

Councilman Baskin is a founding member of the Monroe Township Community Garden and has previously been a member of the Monroe Shade Tree Commission and the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee.  As a Council liaison, Baskin currently sits on: the Monroe Township Historic Preservation Commission, the Open Space and Farmland Preservation Committee and the Green Team.




Councilman Charles Dipierro

Councilman Charles Dipierro was sworn into office for his first term on the Monroe Township Council in January 2018. Dipierro is a lifelong and third-generation resident of Monroe and a product of the Township’s school system. After graduating from Monroe Township High School in 1979, Dipierro went on to attend Richard Stockton College in Galloway, earning a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting with a minor in computer science. He married his high school sweetheart, Beth, in 1984 and the pair settled in Monroe, where they raised their two children, Jonathan and Lauren.

Professionally, he has owned several local businesses that included landscaping, contracting and paving companies. Dipierro opened his own real estate company in Monroe in 1999. He previously served on Monroe’s Industrial Commission, which later would become the Economic Development Commission. In 2004, Dipierro was elected as a Commissioner for Fire District No. 1, where he’s served as Chairman for the past eight years. As a Council liaison, Dipierro currently sits on: the Middlesex County Housing and Community Development Board and the Monroe Township Shade Tree Commission, Citizen Review Board and the Americans with Disabilities Act Council.

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