Meet the Council Members
Council President John Anderson
John A. Anderson is a life-long resident of the City of New Brunswick. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, St. Joseph High School in Metuchen and graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City with a B.A. in History and received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.
While growing up in New Brunswick, John worked at his grandparents bakery, Throop Ave Pastry Shoppee/Bausch’s Bakery, was a City parks counselor, a library bookmobile driver and recreation supervisor.
John did his student teaching at New Brunswick High School and went on to teach and coach at St. Peter’s High School and St. Peter’s Elementary School. He taught and coached at St. Mary’s Elementary School New Monmouth and Mater Dei High School and served as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal. In 1996, John was appointed Assistant Principal at his alma mater, St. Joseph High School and went on to serve as Principal and Assistant to the President during his career with the school. He then came back to Mater Dei Prep as the Interim Head of School from July 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018. He will enjoy his retirement with City Council work and also some acting, voice-over work and Educational Consulting.
John served as a commissioner on the New Brunswick Parking Authority and is a member and former Grand Knight of the New Brunswick Knights of Columbus #257 and is the current president of the Columbian Club Foundation. He is also a member of the New Brunswick Elks Lodge #324, a trustee of The Lep Foundation For Youth & Education and a member of a New Brunswick softball team, the Aztecs.
Council Vice President Suzanne M. Sicora Ludwig
Suzanne was sworn into office on January 4, 2017. She is no stranger to the community of New Brunswick having lived in the City for over 22 years. In addition her familial ties run deep as her 103 year old Grandmother Toth grew up on Hartwell Street and was married in St. Ladislaus Church in 1934 and her Great-Grandfather Toth owned Toths Butcher Shop in the late 1800’s on George Street. Suzanne is not a member of any one parish but instead chooses to enjoy services at the many beautiful, historical places of worship throughout the City.
Suzanne was educated at Rutgers University with concentrations in philosophy, political science, and religion. She also received the Anna I Morgan scholarship in religion for a paper noting the contributions, yet sometimes undervalued importance of the role of women in the history of theologies. Suzanne later attended New York Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor and continued her studies at NYLS toward a Legal Masters in Tax.
Suzanne has a background in corporate finance having worked for ATT Finance, and Merck Pharmaceuticals. Today she is writing a book based on the experiences and wide spread lasting effects of childhood sexual abuse in adults. Upon completion the piece will serve as the basis for a Foundation which will provide pro-bono legal support and emotional support for survivors and their families. Suzanne is a firm believer in giving back to the community. Her belated husband proudly served as an EMT and Firefighter in the City of New Brunswick for over 23 years until his accidental death in 2008. Suzanne continued his civic tradition by being elected a Committeewoman in Ward 1 District 4, for the Middlesex County Democratic Organization in 2007 and has been re-elected each term to date. She was also appointed to the Planning Board of the City of New Brunswick over 10 years ago and elected to positions of Vice Chair and Chair by her peers.
In her role as Chair, Suzanne presided over the most lengthy and highly publicized Mine Street application where she was the deciding vote denying the project and forging a path for compromise between the neighborhood residents and the contractor. Suzanne applauded both sides for their patience and professionalism throughout the democratic process. She also reiterated, and echoes today, that she appreciates the need for growth within New Brunswick but explicitly, not at the expense and integrity of the neighborhoods we call our home.
Council Member Glenn Fleming
Glenn J. Fleming, Sr., was appointed to the New Brunswick City Council to fill out the term of Councilman Jimmie Cook in July 2012. He was elected to a full term on the Council in November 2012.
Glenn is an educator with 16 years experience. He currently is a teacher in the Hamilton Township Public School District where he teaches social studies, economics and law. He is also responsible for educating special needs children.
An Elder and Ordained Minister with the Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, Glenn has worked to improve the spiritual and social fabric of the community.
He has served as Head Varsity and Assistant Coach in basketball, football, tennis and fencing, and has received “Coach of the Year” honors several times.
Glenn has a B.A. degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Law and African American Studies from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ.
Council Member Kevin P. Egan
Kevin Egan is a lifelong resident of the City of New Brunswick, where he resides with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Lindsay and Colin. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s Grammar and High School, New Brunswick.
Kevin is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Management and Labor Studies.
Kevin is also a graduate of the IBEW-NECA Certified Apprenticeship Program. He is a member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 456. He has served on various committees and assignments for the local union which covers approximately 18 counties in New Jersey with inside and outside electricians. He is currently a Business Representative and serves as a Trustee on the Pension and Annuity Funds for the local.
As part of his civic involvement, Kevin has served on the Board of the New Brunswick State Theatre, New Brunswick Parking Authority, the Middlesex County Tax Board and the New Jersey School Development Authority. He is also a member of the New Brunswick Elks #324 and the New Brunswick Knights of Columbus Council # 257.
Council Member Rebecca Escobar
Rebecca Escobar was elected to the New Brunswick City Council in 2010 and served as Vice President from 2011 through 2012. She served as council president from 2013 through 2014; and started her second term in the Council in January 2015.
Rebecca started her career in community service in 1987, when she was a Teacher’s Aide, Hispanic Homeless Case Manager, Housing Specialist and Family Life Worker for PRAB. She became a Community Relations Specialist for the New Brunswick Police Department’s Community Partnership Program in 1993. Rebecca took a position in 1998 with the Community Health Promotion Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she assisted in the implementation and design of culturally sensitive health education programs. Rebecca then entered the area of youth advocacy in 2007, when she coordinated Project Connect, a program that facilitated and fostered collaborations with youth service providers, law enforcement and educators to work with at risk and court involved youth in the City of New Brunswick. Rebecca served as the Director of the Youth Services Program at PRAB developing programs designed to provide City youth with the opportunity to engage in activities that foster and promote positive attitudes, behaviors, educational, social and life skills.
Rebecca currently serves as the Program Director at Youth Advocate Programs – Middlesex County (YAP). YAP is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change. YAP’s mission is to provide individuals who are, have been or may be subject to compulsory care with the opportunity to develop, contribute and be valued as assets so that communities have safe, proven effective and economical alternatives to institutional placement.