Mayor and Council

Leonia is incorporated under the Borough form of government; the Governing Body consists of the Mayor and six Council members, all of whom are elected at-large.  The Mayor is the Chief Executive and Presiding Officer.  The Council consists of the Council President (who presides in the Mayor's absence), and five additional Council members, who together serve as the legislative body of the Borough.  Council members serve for three years; the Mayor's term is four years. 


Leonia Mayor and Council

Mayor Judah Zeigler

Phone:  201-446-4603
About Judah: Read more on the mayor's page.


Council President Bill Ziegler

Phone: 201-461-4329
Committees: Chair, Fire Committee, Member of Finance and HR Committee, Liaison to Environmental Commission, Shade Tree Commission and Leonia Historic Preservation Commission.
About Bill: Bill Ziegler is a lifelong Leonian graduating from ACS and LHS who has engaged in numerous community volunteer activities on behalf of Leonia.  This is his second term on the Leonia Borough Council, the first when he was elected over 30 years ago.  He has served on the Leonia Library Board of Trustees, Board of Adjustment, Environmental Commission and as a baseball coach for 7 years through the Recreation Commission.  Bill is a retired senior executive who had global responsibilities across 50+ countries with organizations like Accenture and UBS.  He is enjoying retirement by, among other things, serving Leonia on the Council.   Along with his wife Sue, also a lifelong Leonian, they have raised two boys in Leonia -- Brad and Justin. 


Councilperson Joanne Choi Terrell
Committees: Chair of Laws and Ordinances, Member of the Police Committee, Member of the Finance & Human Resources Committee, and Liaison to the Board of Education. 


Councilperson Bernadette Flaim
Committees: Chair, Finance & Human Resources; Library Board Liaison; Shade Tree Commission Liaison; Member of:  Police Committee, Fire Committee, Capital Budget Planning Committee; Mayor's Committee on Sculpture and the Arts
About Bernadette: Bernadette Flaim was elected to Leonia's Mayor & Council in 2013 and is now in her second term, most recently serving as Council President. She is founder and owner of two companies that provide interior design, professional organizing and home staging services throughout Northern NJ. Councilwoman Flaim, her husband, Stephan and two adult sons, Thomas and William have lived in Leonia for 20 years. She previously served as Chair of the Home & School at LMS and Leonia High School. She is currently active in Boy Scouts and the Music Ministry at St. John the Evangelist in Leonia. 

Councilperson Maureen Davis
Committees: Chair, Police Commissioners; Liaison, Board of Health
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Councilperson Pasquale Fusco
Committees: Liaison, Building Department; Liaison, Emergency Medical Services; Member, Planning Board 
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Councilperson Greg Makroulakis
Committees: DPW, Recreation, Laws & Ordinance 
About Greg: Greg moved to Leonia in 2004 where he quickly became an active member of the community. He began his service as a commissioner on Leonia Recreation Commission.  Greg also sat on the Board of Adjustment.  In both of these roles he advocated for improved park facilities and smart development.  He was elected to the town council in 2012, and is currently in his second term. During his years on council, he has been able to serve on many committees to benefit the Borough, including Police, Fire, DPW, Laws & Ordinance, Personal and Finance, Recreation Liaison as well as serving twice as Council President. He is responsible for bringing National Night Out back to Leonia and starting Movies in the Park.   

Aside from being on the town council, Greg volunteers countless hours for The Leonia Sports Boosters and is currently serving as that organization’s President.  He, along with the Sports Boosters team is responsible for raising funds which have been donated back to many Leonia sports programs, Borough park improvements, school sports facilities upgrades through year round activities that include the Christmas tree sale and the annual July 4th Carnival. 

Greg continues to play an active role in the Borough’s Recreation programs.  He has coached AYSO, Leonia United Soccer and Leonia Baseball.  He currently coaches Leonia Basketball, Edgewater / Leonia Baseball, PPL Little League and Leonia Sports Boosters Travel Baseball.  

Improving town services while enhancing the quality of life in Leonia are Greg’s ongoing commitments.  He is grateful for the opportunity provided to him by the residents of Leonia to serve. He is married to Nanci, has two sons in the Leonia School System and a yellow Labrador Retriever named Mack.