Monroe Township

Monroe Township Municipal Democratic Elected Officials

Stephen Dalina

Mayor

Miriam Cohen

At-Large

Council President

Terry Van Dzura

At-Large

Council Vice President

Elizabeth Schneider

Ward 1

Councilwoman

Rupa Siegel

Ward 2

Councilwoman

Monroe Township Municipal Chair

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STEPHEN DALINA

STEPHEN DALINA

FOR MONROE TWP MAYOR

Mayor Stephen Dalina has served as Councilman At-Large since 2011. Following the passing of Mayor Gerald Tamburro in December 2020, he was selected to serve as Monroe Township Mayor. 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.

After being appointed Mayor in 2021, Dalina worked with local pharmacies and county officials to vaccinate over 90% of Monroe’s senior communities and pull Monroe out of the COVID-19 crisis. His first adopted budget as Mayor included a modest tax decrease for residents. Dalina is committed to preserving 50% of Monroe as open space, and engaged in litigation against numerous developers seeking to build on Monroe land. Most recently, the Mayor was able to preserve 35 acres of Zimbicki farm as Monroe Township open space. Mayor Dalina also initiated a revitalization of Monroe’s Master Plan, and began a series of public input sessions in order to gauge how to best zone Monroe and utilize the Master Plan to protect Monroe from overcrowding and overdevelopment.

TERENCE VAN DZURA

TERENCE VAN DZURA

FOR AT-LARGE COUNCIL

Terence “Terry” Van Dzura is a twenty-five year resident of Monroe Township. During this time, he was actively involved in coaching youth sports, including softball and basketball. His son and daughter graduated from Monroe Township High School and both recently graduated from college. Van Dzura has been a Monroe Township Committee Member for several years and is the current President of the Monroe Township Democratic Club. 

Van Dzura has been a licensed New Jersey attorney since 1981. He is a former judicial law clerk and served as assistant Middlesex County prosecutor for three years. Van Dzura has served as an arbitrator for the Middlesex County Superior Court and has also served as the municipal prosecutor for the Township of Edison and Carteret Borough. He is general counsel to a number of local homeowners associations. 

Throughout his law career, Van Dzura has handled all aspects of personal injury claims and workers’ compensation matters. In addition to being a successful business and real estate attorney, he has vast experience with criminal jury trials and municipal court cases. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Terry became a member of Trial Lawyers Care, which assisted 9/11 families on a pro bono basis. Van Dzura presently serves as the Chairman of the Monroe Township Planning Board. Van Dzura attended Woodbridge High School and is a 1978 graduate of Rutgers University. He earned his law degree from the New England Law in Boston and currently practices from his office in East Brunswick. 

ELIZABETH "BETTY" SCHNEIDER

ELIZABETH "BETTY" SCHNEIDER

FOR WARD 1 COUNCIL

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. 

RUPA SIEGEL

RUPA SIEGEL

FOR WARD 2 COUNCIL

Rupa Siegel was born in Paterson, NJ, grew up in Wayne, NJ, and then graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Economics. Currently working at a Global Pharmaceutical Company in Human Resources and Learning & Development. 

Rupa and her husband moved to Monroe with their 2 sons in 2009 because of the vibrant community and excellent schools. Her older son is a 2020 graduate of Monroe Township High School and currently attending college. Her younger son will be graduating from Monroe Township High School, class of 2022. As a resident of Monroe, Rupa has been actively involved in our township school community, holding officer positions in Elementary and Middle School PTAs/PTOs supporting the students and our staff. For several years, she served as a member of the District Wellness Council, District Education Council, and hiring committees for Assistant Superintendent, Supervisors, and Principals. She has volunteered in Monroe Township recreational youth organizations such as Monroe Township Baseball Association and Monroe Travel Basketball. I am a member of the League of Women Voters and support the India-US Forum of Monroe (IFM). 

In November of 2018, Rupa was elected as a member of the Monroe Township Board of Education, and participated on the Curriculum, Policy, Finance, Personnel, Negotiations Committees, and Representative to the Delegate Assembly. In my 2+ years as a Board of Education Member, Rupa is proud to work with our School Administration to bring focus back to the students and staff, hiring our 1st female Superintendent of Schools as our educational leader, and supporting curriculum enhancements to elevate the school experience for all students.

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