April 13, 2014

Candidates for Leonia Council

Council Candidates
Democratic Candidates for Leonia Council

Gil Hawkins
Gil has served Leonia on its Borough Council for nine years. Throughout that time, he has helped Leonia become a more sustainable community and provided it with “good, common-sense leadership.”

Like many Leonians, Gil moved to Leonia from New York City. He went through the Leonia school system until he transferred to Sanford Prep School in Delaware in ninth grade.

In the late 1980s, Gil built his home on Knapp Terrace, where he and his wife raised their three sons, all of whom went through the Leonia school system and graduated from top-ranking colleges.

John Genese
John has been a member of the Historical Preservation Commission since 2011,and was a member of the Transportation Advisory Committee. He works at MINI of Manhattan in New York City and relies on NJ Transit for his daily commute.

John moved from New York City to Leonia with his family when he was 6 months old. He attended Leonia schools and even married his wife, Barbara, at St. John’s Church. Their two daughters, Gina and Patricia, also attended Leonia schools. John holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

After living in Leonia for 37 years, a job transfer forced him and his family to move to South Jersey. In 2008, John and Barbara jumped at the opportunity to move back to Leonia because it is the only place they consider home.

April 5, 2014

Campaign Message

One year ago I became the Chair of the Leonia Democratic Municipal Committee (DMC) to complete the term of the previous Chair. While this unexpected responsibility has its challenges, it’s been very gratifying to work with the dedicated members of the DMC in fulfilling our obligations to the community.

The DMC, a group comprised of 2 representatives from each of Leonia’s 6 voting districts, is primarily responsible for selecting candidates to run for Borough Council and Mayor. Our major priority this year has been to implement a plan to cultivate talented individuals in the community to participate in government. In this way, we are assured of having the best people available for public office when the opportunity arises.

For the November and upcoming June elections, the DMC has introduced 6 highly capable individuals for Council and Committee positions who have never held public office. These people are the NEXT GENERATION of community leaders and bring new energy to our town.

The DMC also acknowledges the accomplishments of the current generation of experienced public officials who do their best to protect our community. These steadfast volunteers devote hours of time to government activities with no agenda but to contribute.
With talented individuals leading the way, I’m excited for the future of Leonia. I hope you will give us the opportunity to continue the progress we’re making in helping to build a better community for all of our residents.

Alan Winters

Chair, DMC Leonia

Democratic slate for Council and DMC

Please vote for DMC Council Candidates and District Committee Members
in the upcoming primary election on June 3rd.

For Leonia Council
Gil Hawkins and John Genese

For Democratic Municipal Committee
District 1: Carmita Fong & Steve Churchill 
District 2: Aviva Levy & Alan Winters
District 3: Leah Roland & Fred Marx

District 4: Stephanie Keller & Gregg Edelman
District 5: Christie Evens & Michael Raskin

District 6: Sally Seymour & Arnold Trachtenberg

February 20, 2014

Be involved - Volunteer

The Spring election is approaching and the Democratic Municipal Committee is seeking candidates for positions on the Town Council and the DMC.

This is an opportunity for the next generation of Leonians to become involved in local government and influence important changes in our community.  If you're interested in a position on the Council or the DMC please contact Michael Raskin by e-mail at maraskin@legal-aid.org

Alan Winters
Chair, DMC Leonia

January 6, 2014

Reorganization meeting of the Leonia Council

New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle 
came to Leonia to swear in our newly elected and re-elected Democratic Council Members:
Photo: Kevin Dolce
Bernadette Flaim 
elected to a three year term

Photo: Kevin Dolce
Darryl Whitter
re-elected to a three year term
elected as Council President

Photo: Kevin Dolce
Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle
present a congratulatory Resolution to retiring
Councilman Peter Knott

November 13, 2013

Mark Minichiello joins the Council

The borough council welcomed Mark Minichiello as its ranks on Nov. 13, replacing former Councilman I.S. Pak. Senator Loretta Weinberg came to the meeting to swear in Minichiello as he stood alongside his wife and two sons.

Read the article at NorthJersey.com

November 5, 2013

Another team victory !

Congratulations to the team: Bernadette Flaim, Mark Minichiello, and Darryl Whitter.

Darryl Whitter

Bernadette Flaim

Mark Minichiello

Maureen Havlusch

 See the traditional tally.

Leonia Council: Unofficial Election Results 

October 30, 2013

Bagels, Lox and Connect with the Candidates

Building Bridges - Leonia Council Candidates - Mark Minichiello | BernadetteFlaim | Darryl Whitter

Bagels, Lox and 
Connect with the Candidates

Saturday, November 2nd

11:00am to 1:00 pm

Moore's Hardware, Broad Avenue


Leonia Democratic Municipal Committee Members
                     DIST 1: Nina Gaetjens • Steve Churchill     DIST 4: Stephanie A. Keller • Mark Spiegel
                     DIST 2: Aviva Djiji-Levy • Alan Winters       DIST 5: Mary Ellen Tucker • Michael Raskin
                     DIST 3: Leah Roland • Fred Marx               DIST 6: Sally Seymour • Arnold Trachtenberg

October 28, 2013

Congratulations to our new Senator, Cory Booker

New Jersey Senate 2013 Results 

Cory A. Booker  Dem. 724,733 54.8%
Steven Lonegan   Rep. 584,349 44.2
Others                            14,076 1.1

Cory Booker will be sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Oct. 31.

Read more at  the New York Times and NorthJersey.com

October 15, 2013

Vote tomorrow for Cory Booker

A reminder to all to vote tomorrow Wednesday October 16 in the Special U.S. Senate Election. 

Below is a link to review the candidates and it is no secret that Cory Booker is the best choice to represent New Jersey and he is our favored candidate.


September 28, 2013

Subscribe to We Democrats, a new publication of the Leonia Democratic Municipal Committee

Hello Neighbor,

This is an invitation to subscribe to We Democrats,
a new publication of the Leonia Democratic Municipal Committee.

Democrat, Republican or Independent - our objective is
to keep you informed of important activities in Leonia
as we move forward toward the betterment of our community.

To sign up for this publication click on the link below

Your information will not be shared and you can safely unsubscribe at any time.

September 11, 2013

Democratic slate for Leonia Council

Mark Minichiello joins the Democratic slate of incumbent Darryl Whitter and previously nominated Bernadette Flaim.

A talented merchandising executive, Mark was selected by Leonia's DMC to fill an unexpired Council Term.

See the full press release.