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Demarest, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.08 square miles (5.38 km2), including 2.07 square miles (5.37 km2) of land and 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2) of water (0.34%).
At the heart of Demarest is an area known as the Duck Pond, which is a section of the Tenakill Brook.
Of the 1,597 households, 45.1% had children under the age of 18; 76.8% were married couples living together; 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present and 12.1% were non-families. Of all households, 10.8% were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.29.Same-sex couples headed eight households in 2010, an increase from the four counted in 2000.
27.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 18.2% from 25 to 44, 33.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.9 years. For every 100 females, the population had 93.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 89.7 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $147,714 (with a margin of error of +/- $14,743) and the median family income was $150,208 (+/- $9,154). Males had a median income of $101,085 (+/- $10,254) versus $58,295 (+/- $10,277) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $69,460 (+/- $10,589). About 1.4% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 Census, 3.72% of Demarest's residents identified themselves as being of Japanese ancestry, which was the second highest of any municipality in New Jersey -- behind Fort Lee (6.09%) -- for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry. In this same census, 2.3% of Demarest's residents identified themselves as being of Armenian-American ancestry. This was the 19th highest percentage of Armenian American people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.
There were 1,601 households, out of which 45.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.4% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 28.9% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $103,286, and the median income for a family was $113,144. Males had a median income of $82,597 versus $43,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $51,939. About 0.9% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.
Demarest is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 565) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of a Mayor and a Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Demarest is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2020[update], the Mayor of Demarest Borough is Democrat Melinda Iannuzzi, whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. Members of the Borough Council are James M. "Jim" Carroll (D, 2022), William E. "Bill" Connelly (D, 2022), Daryl Ury Fox (D, 2021), Mary Lynne Hamilton (D, 2020), Janice Kurys (D, 2021), Rebecca LaPira (D, 2020).
On the night of the November 2018 general election, Melinda Iannuzzi won the first seat with 1,099 votes and Republican Joseph Gray won the second seat with 1,094 votes with Jim Caroll in fourth place; Later that month, once all ballots were counted and the results were certified, Carroll pulled ahead and won the second council seat up for election.
Joseph N. Connolly was appointed to take office in December 2015, filling the vacant seat expiring in December 2017 left by the resignation of Republican Steve Schleim. In the November 2016 general election, Democrat Rebecca LaPira was elected to serve the obe year remaining on the term of office.
Gregg Paster was appointed in October 2013 to fill the vacant seat of Blake Chroman that was due to expire at the end of 2015. Paster served on an interim basis until a special ballot item in November 2014, when voters chose him to serve the balance of Chroman's term of office.
Federal, state and county representation
Demarest is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district.
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year; a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held each January.
As of 2018[update], the County Executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Bergen County's Freeholders are
Freeholder Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman ends 2018),
Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder vice-chairwoman ends 2018),
Freeholder Chairman Pro-Tempore Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman pro-tempore ends 2018),
David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn, 2020),
Steve Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2018),Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2020) and
Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2018), Bergen County's constitutional officials are
County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2021),
Sheriff Michael Saudino (D, Emerson, 2019) and
Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2021).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,117 registered voters in Demarest, of which 984 (31.6% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 589 (18.9% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,542 (49.5% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 63.9% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 88.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 1,578 votes (62.4% vs. 54.2% countywide), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 853 votes (33.7% vs. 41.1% countywide) and other candidates with 68 votes (2.7% vs. 3.0% countywide), among the 2,528 ballots cast by the borough's 3,491 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.4% (vs. 73% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 1,211 votes (51.0% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,127 votes (47.5% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 17 votes (0.7% vs. 0.9%), among the 2,373 ballots cast by the borough's 3,343 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.0% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 1,388 votes (54.9% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,105 votes (43.7% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 14 votes (0.6% vs. 0.8%), among the 2,526 ballots cast by the borough's 3,212 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.6% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 1,292 votes (51.4% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,204 votes (47.9% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 12 votes (0.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 2,512 ballots cast by the borough's 3,083 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 62.5% of the vote (883 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 36.4% (515 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (15 votes), among the 1,452 ballots cast by the borough's 3,167 registered voters (39 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 45.8%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 823 ballots cast (48.2% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 787 votes (46.1% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 78 votes (4.6% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 10 votes (0.6% vs. 0.5%), among the 1,708 ballots cast by the borough's 3,164 registered voters, yielding a 54.0% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Demarest has a volunteer fire department that was established in 1894. Its station is located on Park Street and consists of Engine 461, Rescue 465, Engine 2, and Ladder 1.
Demarest has a volunteer ambulance corps. that was first established in 1961 and is located on Wakelee Drive.
The Demarest Police Department was established in 1903 with its station on Serpentine Road.
County Route 501 southbound in Demarest
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 27.27 miles (43.89 km) of roadways, of which 21.56 miles (34.70 km) were maintained by the municipality and 5.71 miles (9.19 km) by Bergen County.
County Route 501 and County Route 505 travels through Demarest. While Demarest is a small community, there are often traffic jams at around 8:00 am and 3:00 pm when all three grammar schools let out for the day. These small traffic jams usually occur at the intersection of County Road and Hardenburgh Avenue, and sometimes require the local police to direct traffic.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Demarest include:
John Calabro (1914-1994), artist and sculptor who has created coins, medals, plaques, busts, statutes and heroic-size works of famous events and notable figures from the world of politics, sports and entertainment.
^Rondinaro, Gene. "If You're Thinking of Living In: Demarest", The New York Times, January 27, 1985. Accessed December 11, 2011. "One attraction is the Tenakill Brook Duck Pond, near the intersection of Hardenburgh Avenue and Piermont Road, where mothers and young children feed the resident population of water fowl and where newlyweds line up on summer weekends for pictures under spreading willows."
^Noda, Stephanie. "Democrat Carroll is upset winner for Demarest council", The Record, November 18, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2019. "In the latest numbers, to be certified later Friday, Carroll and Democratic incumbent Melinda Iannuzzi received 1,103 and 1,258 votes respectively, to win the two full-term seats up for grabs, according to the Bergen County Board of Elections. Republican incumbents Joseph Gray and Joseph Connolly finished with 1,094 and 1,093 votes respectively. On Nov. 8, Iannuzzi had received the most votes, 1,099, for one of the seats. Gray, with 998 votes, appeared to have bested Carroll, with 965 votes, and Connolly, with 986 votes, for the second seat but the addition of the outstanding ballots gave Carroll the win."
^Miraglia, Mary. "Joseph Connolly Sworn In As New Demarest Councilman", Cresskil-Closter-Demarest Daily Voice, December 23, 2015. Accessed April 18, 2016. "Joseph N. Connolly has been sworn in as Demarest Councilman, filling a vacancy left by Steve Schleim's resignation."
^Curley, Mike. "Paster tapped to replace Chroman on Demarest council", Northern Valley Suburbanite, October 10, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 14, 2016. Accessed September 12, 2017. "The borough council appointed Gregg Paster to replace Blake Chroman on the council at the Oct. 7 council meeting. Paster was one of three candidates nominated by the Bergen County Democratic Committee to fill the spot, along with Zoning Board of Adjustment Chairperson Daryl Fox, and former mayor James Carroll."
^Biography, Congressman Josh Gottheimer. Accessed January 3, 2019. "Josh now lives in Wyckoff, New Jersey with Marla, his wife who was a federal prosecutor, and their two young children, Ellie and Ben."
^Demarest Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Identification, Demarest Public Schools. Accessed May 25, 2020. "Purpose: The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades preschool through eight in the Demarest School District. Composition: The Demarest School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Demarest."
^Our Communities, Northern Valley Regional High School District. Accessed August 28, 2014. "The seven towns that make up the Northern Valley Regional High School District - Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan - are situated in the northeast corner of Bergen County, New Jersey."
^Northern Valley Regional High School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 12, 2017. "Located in the upper North Eastern corner of the state, Northern Valley Regional is comprised of two high schools, Northern Valley at Demarest and Northern Valley at Old Tappan... Our long standing successful and cost efficient Pre-K-12 consortium remains an exemplar model of shared services including seven local Pre-K-8 districts that send their students to the regional high schools: Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan."
^Our Communities, Northern Valley Regional High School District. Accessed May 31, 2016. "The seven towns that make up the Northern Valley Regional High School District - Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan - are situated in the northeast corner of Bergen County, New Jersey."
^Haney, Thomas V. "Sculptor Creates 'Friends'", The New York Times, August 13, 1972. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Northvale -- 'It's a pleasure to work among friends such as these,' John Calabro said, with a gentle sweep of his hand, as the artist-sculptor introduced his visitor to the companions he has gathered in the studio of his home here.... Mr. Calabro does much of his work, except for heroic size projects, in the studio of his home on Campora Drive here. He had the house built to his specifications and took possession in 1964, moving from Demarest."
^Ensslin, John C. "Sen. Cardinale still skeptical of Demarest police contract", The Record, December 11, 2012, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 6, 2016. Accessed September 12, 2017. "State Sen. Gerald Cardinale met with Bergen County officials this week to be briefed on a proposal to have the county provide police services to Demarest. Based on a Record Talk Radio interview with Cardinale Tuesday, the former Demarest mayor still sounds pretty skeptical of the deal, which goes before the freeholders later this month."
^Einhorn, David, Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, Wiley, May 2, 2008.
^Iseman, Chris. "Far from NJ roots, ex-Nets coach Lawrence Frank helping to change NBA landscape with LA Clippers", The Record, January 16, 2020. Accessed May 25, 2020. "If this wasn't the right opportunity, even the perfect one, Lawrence Frank wouldn't be here. Not in Southern California, 3,000 miles away from his family in Bergen County. Not frequently separated from his wife and two daughters in Demarest.... But when Jason Kidd was hired as the Brooklyn Nets head coach in June 2013 and asked him to join his coaching staff, it gave Frank the chance to come home to Demarest and be with his family."
^Staff. "Menne, Brown Lead By One", The Palm Beach Post, January 14, 2003. Accessed September 22, 2011. "Bob Menne of Demarest, N.J., and Mark Brown of Oyster Bay, N.Y., combined for an 11-under-par 61 and the first-round lead Monday in the 45th annual PGA Senior-Junior Championship at the PGA Golf Club."
^Hersh Mosier. Pro Basketball Encyclopedia. Accessed July 25, 2018. "Hometown: Demarest, NJ"
^Carmiel, Oshrat. "Shulman to run against Garrett", The Record, February 29, 2008, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 18, 2008. Accessed September 12, 2017. "Bergen County Democrats endorsed Dennis Shulman, a legally blind rabbi and psychologist from Demarest, to run against Republican Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, in the 5th Congressional District."
^Martin, Douglas. "Lucius Walker, Baptist Pastor for Peace, Dies at 80", The New York Times, September 11, 2010. Accessed December 4, 2013. "The Rev. Lucius Walker, a Baptist minister who gained national attention with calls for reparations for the descendants of slaves and with repeated violations of the United States embargo of Cuba through caravans of humanitarian aid, died on Tuesday at his home in Demarest, N.J. He was 80."
^Sisario, Ben. "Hy Weiss, 84, Music Executive From Rock 'n' Roll's Early Days, Dies", The New York Times, March 31, 2007. Accessed December 4, 2013. "His death was announced by the Zomba Label Group, of which his son, Barry Weiss, is president and chief executive.... Besides his son, who lives in Demarest, N.J., and his brother Sam, of Manhattan, Mr. Weiss is survived by another brother, George, of Oceanside, N.Y.; two daughters, Maureen Spergel of East Meadow, N.Y., and Pam Katz of Manhattan; and four grandchildren."
^Zambito, Thomas "Actors Get Their Days In Court", The Record, November 8, 1995, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 11, 2016. Accessed September 12, 2017. "Julia Weldon of Demarest plays the sister of the accused, who is played by Edward Furlong, the young co-star of Terminator 2: Judgment Day."