“I’ve Been Threatened” – Feud Between Board Members Erupts at Toms River BOE Meeting

TOMS RIVER – The feud between Toms River school board members Daniel Leonard and Robert Onofrietti reached a new crescendo at Wednesday night’s public meeting, after Onofrietti interjected during the meeting and claimed that Leonard “threatened” him and called him a profanity.

Robert Onofrietti

Dan Leonard

The very public fight between two Toms River school board members spilled over into the public meeting of the board of education this week. On Wednesday night, Ocean County Politics obtained exclusive video footage of the altercation between Toms River school board members Daniel Leonard and Robert Onofrietti.

It started when Toms River resident Dennis Galante attempted to inquire during the public comment portion of the meeting about recent allegations of sexual harassment surrounding superintendent David Healy and how they leaked out to the public, in addition to the ongoing Onofrietti-Leonard quarrel.

When Board President Ben Giovine was speaking, he admonished the other two board members when their dispute became noticeable from the dais.

Onofrietti: Leonard Called Me A B*tch, Threatened Me During School Board Meeting

On the video, Onofrietti is seen stating that Leonard called him a “b*tch,” during the board of education meeting. “I’ve been threatened,” the board member, who has previously called for Leonard’s resignation stated, “[He] said that I better be aware that I’m a little b*tch and that I should cry go to my friend and that he’s gonna be driving over to my house.”

Following the exchange at the school board meeting, it became known that Onofrietti intended to file an additional police report against Leonard for Wednesday night’s alleged threats, which OCP is working to obtain a copy of. Previously Onofrietti filed another police report against Leonard, which we reported on. 

Leonard Questions Auditor Choice, Doubles Down on Onofrietti Criticism

Asked to respond to Onforietti’s new accusations, Mr. Leonard doubled down on his criticism against his fellow board member in a statement provided Thursday.

“Why do I question every spending decision made by certain members of the Board?” said Leonard. “Mr. Onofrietti, as well as other members of the Board have collectively accumulated over One Million Dollars in personal mortgage foreclosures.  Given this is Mr. Onofrietti’s election year for the School Board, he is now attempting to attack my reputation and character by making false allegations against me on a regular basis in a pathetic attempt to call my credibility into question with the public,” Leonard said in a statement.

The Beachwood school board representative said he uploaded foreclosure documents that he obtained regarding Onofrietti, and he argued that they show his rival is not fit to lead the board. Onofrietti has previously called for Leonard’s resignation.

The Toms River Board of Education

“Recently, this member of the Toms River Regional Board of Education voted to spend $20,000 more per year on our current district auditor over several others that were much less expensive and just as qualified. I called him out publicly since I felt as though this was irresponsible given our current budget situation,” Leonard said.

The Shore News Network previously reported that the auditing firm chosen by Leonard, Holman, Frenia & Allison, came in at $20,000 lower than the district’s current auditor, but the Holman firm was a donor to a PAC that supported Leonard’s campaign.

“When you can’t handle your own finances, why should the Voters, Taxpayers, District Employees, Parents and Children ever trust your decision-making process with a $350 Million Dollar Budget!  Mr. Onofrietti wasn’t someone hit by a hardship – this is a person that clearly likes to live above their means and ironically claims to run a Home Loan business as their occupation?” he questioned

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, OPRAmachine.com. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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17 Responses

  1. USAFWX says:

    …and you wonder why our children have problems?

  2. Christy Barber says:

    Emasculated much?

    • Ben says:

      Am I really reading this? Two grown men acting like kids in a school yard circa 5th grade. I haven’t seen people act like this since I was in elementary school. It’s sad.

  3. Christy Barber says:

    It’s actually funny to see a man whine like that.

  4. Greg Bayville says:

    For chits and Giggles check out address of the Political Action committee that gave Mr. Leonard money. Which operates out of the offices of , Bellumemoli , the two that run the Toms River MUA. One being the Former Toms River Republican Club Chairman and now current Toms River Municipal Utilities Chairman and his Vice-Chairman respectively. Not difficult to connect those dots back to the Toms River Republican Club.

    • guest says:

      There are also a few running in the November election for the B.O.E that are being sprouted from the Toms River Republican’s.

      • Mac says:

        Of course they are being sprouted as TR Republican’s. Huddy Park is Gilmore’s office backdoor playground, and after 300-years, the public still hasn’t been able to successfully formulate a lifesaving antidote for the benefit of mankind.

        • guest says:

          Mac, Mr Caparaso, Mr Schwartz and Ms Kubiel all players and members in the TR Rep club. They by the way all lost in prior BOE elections. They are making a comeback of sorts.

          • Mac says:

            Laughing. One truly knows they are a loser in the game of life when they are Gilmore second class bottom of the barrel kneepads, yet still can’t win in predetermined fixed elections the Ocean County voters are so proud to endorse over and over again without any thoughts of self-respect time after time after time.

            I guess one can go below the bottom of the barrel after all. George Gilmore’s numerous shortcomings of his abilities have now been infamously immortalized as a new lifetime low point within the human race.

  5. Roger Houston says:

    Things were better when Ritacco was buying giant houses for all of the assistant superintendents and hiring their kids. This board, which won votes by promising to drive out the old corruption is a strange group. Ben Giovine is a democrat moonbat…and he’s the leader! You have to look at the public minutes, a couple show up late like every time, no shame, the recording secretary just logs it, the meetings are people going through the motions. This is the 4th or 5th largest school district in the state, the board is in way over their head, we need smarter representation, our taxes could pay for a dozen Princeton grads, but no, we got a bunch of maroons

  6. TRWatch says:

    So, how does Mr. Leonard feel about George Gilmore, Greg McGuckin and Juan Bellu, and their financial troubles?

    • Street Kabob says:

      Not sure it matter’s to him as some of the local Toms River Republican PAC’s are run out of one of their office’s.

    • Mac says:

      Perhaps another Hurricane Sandy ‘prosecutor sanctioned’ sneak attack is the answer. It’s not like a $10 per person ‘blink and you miss it’ roller coaster ride on the three-card monte Seaside boardwalk is going to save the day. AshBritt to the rescue.

  7. Don the Con says:

    Coin toss this weekend for me Don the Con and my legal issues for my entire family

  8. Mac says:

    Dear Bobby Boy,
    Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
    Bake me a cake as fast as you can
    Roll it, pat it, mark it with a “D”
    And put it in the oven for Dan and me!

  9. Nuclearprogram says:

    According to the APP they’ve settled their differences and will, now, work together to fleece Toms River taxpayers out of their hard earned money.

    • Mac says:

      Laughing. The Vicari casting couch to the rescue again. It has created the largest maintenance staff expense in the history of Ocean County government.

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