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Harrington Park, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
The name "Harrington Park" was based on the larger Harrington Township from which it was in part derived, which in turn was based on the family name Haring, who were early settlers of the region.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.06 square miles (5.34 km2), including 1.85 square miles (4.78 km2) of land and 0.22 square miles (0.56 km2) of water (10.53%).
Of the 1,592 households, 41.8% had children under the age of 18; 73.9% were married couples living together; 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present and 16.6% were non-families. Of all households, 14.6% were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.26.Same-sex couples headed 34 households in 2010, an increase more than five-fold from the six counted in 2000.
28.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 18.3% from 25 to 44, 33.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.1 years. For every 100 females, the population had 93.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 89.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $115,875 (with a margin of error of +/- $28,119) and the median family income was $132,108 (+/- $18,521). Males had a median income of $95,119 (+/- $12,806) versus $49,656 (+/- $16,730) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $49,159 (+/- $5,612). About none of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.
There were 1,563 households, out of which 44.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.4% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.0% were non-families. 12.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 28.6% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $100,302, and the median income for a family was $124,376. Males had a median income of $71,776 versus $42,833 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $39,017. About 1.8% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.
Harrington Park 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 Harrington Park 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 Harrington Park is Independent Paul A. Hoelscher, whose term of office expires December 31, 2023. Members of the Harrington Park Borough Council are Council President Allan S. Napolitano (I, 2020), Jeffrey P. Brockman (I, 2021), Joon L. Chung (I, 2020), Gregory J. Evanella (I, 2022), Jorden "Nick" Pedersen (I, 2021) and Diane G. Walker (R, 2022).
In March 2016, Diane Walker was selected to fill the vacant seat expiring in December 2016 of Michael Rutigliano, who cited personal reasons for his resignation from office the previous month.
Federal, state and county representation
Harrington Park 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 3,243 registered voters in Harrington Park, of which 813 (25.1% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 814 (25.1% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,615 (49.8% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 69.5% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 96.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 1,382 votes (51.7% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 1,147 votes (42.9% vs. 41.6%) and other candidates with 76 votes (2.8% vs. 3.0%), among the 2,673 ballots cast by the borough's 3,510 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.2% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 1,340 votes (51.2% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,218 votes (46.5% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 32 votes (1.2% vs. 0.9%), among the 2,618 ballots cast by the borough's 3,447 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.0% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 1,371 votes (49.7% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,355 votes (49.1% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 14 votes (0.5% vs. 0.8%), among the 2,761 ballots cast by the borough's 3,413 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.9% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 1,445 votes (52.8% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 1,263 votes (46.2% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 22 votes (0.8% vs. 0.7%), among the 2,735 ballots cast by the borough's 3,324 registered voters, for a turnout of 82.3% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 63.6% of the vote (1,019 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 34.9% (559 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (23 votes), among the 1,655 ballots cast by the borough's 3,307 registered voters (54 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 50.0%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 994 votes (51.2% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 815 votes (42.0% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 90 votes (4.6% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 13 votes (0.7% vs. 0.5%), among the 1,941 ballots cast by the borough's 3,338 registered voters, yielding a 58.1% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
View west along County Route 502 in Harrington Park
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 26.66 miles (42.91 km) of roadways, of which 21.04 miles (33.86 km) were maintained by the municipality and 5.62 miles (9.04 km) by Bergen County.
^Lightdale, Marc. "Diane Walker fills vacancy on Harrington Park council", Northern Valley Suburbanite, March 31, 2016. Accessed August 31, 2017. "The borough council welcomed Diane Walker to the governing body, replacing Michael Rutigliano, on March 21 through the end of the year."
^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."
^Home page, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 4, 2011. Accessed November 22, 2011. "Welcome to Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, home of the Golden Knights. Although our students reside in four different towns; Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan, once they arrive here they are treated as one."
^Board of Education, Rockleigh, New Jersey. Accessed August 31, 2017. "Rockleigh Borough is a 'sending district' in that there is no public school within the Borough, except for three special-education schools administered by Bergen County.... The Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, a nationally ranked high school, receives older children from Rockleigh Borough."
^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."
^Mnookin, Seth. "The New Natural", New York (magazine), April 22, 2002. Accessed August 16, 2012. "Booker, the son of two IBM managers who raised him in Harrington Park, a wealthy Bergen County exurb, argues that his résumé represents progress, something to build on."
^Lynch, James F. "Interview: A Practical, Pragmatic Assemblywoman", The New York Times, January 14, 1979. Accessed April 26, 2020. "'I joined the league in the sixties,' Mrs. Kiernan recalled, 'and when was asked to be a [Democratic Party] County Committewoman from Harrington Park, I realized that I didn't know anything about government. I got my "degree" from the league.'"
^Coffey, Wayne. "Minaya Won't Trade This Expos GM a Long Way From Mets", New York Daily News, July 7, 2002. Accessed May 13, 2016. "Minaya finalized the Colon trade on the afternoon of June 27, in the upstairs office of his home in Harrington Park, N.J. The last pieces were getting the Indians to pay the $600,000 salary differential between Colon and first baseman Lee Stevens, and Shapiro to add pitcher Tim Drew to the deal."
^Feuer, Alan. "A Teenager's Last Steps on a Trail of Missed Chances", The New York Times, July 29, 2006. Accessed October 20, 2007. "Even the settings seemed cruelly accidental: She began the evening in safety and affluence in Harrington Park, N.J.... She was co-captain of the team at Saddle River Day School in Saddle River, N.J., where the honors English class has been asked to read Pygmalion this summer and earlier this year two students picked up silver medals in the National Latin Exam."
^Head Coach: Jeff Albies, William Paterson University, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 30, 2006. Accessed May 13, 2016. "This streak continued through the years when he lured prospects such as Dan Pasqua, a product of nearby Harrington Park who helped William Paterson slug its way into their first NCAA Division III College World Series in 1982."
^Sheridan, Angeline. "Here's What's Buzzing in Bergen This Week", Macaroni Kid Northeast Bergen, September 3, 2015. Accessed August 31, 2017. "NBC recently announced the addition of 25 year old Jon Rudnitsky as a featured player on Saturday Night Live. Rudnitsky, who grew up in Harrington Park, is a stand-up comedian who got his start at Northern Valley Old Tappan High School."
^Diaz, Jaime. "Senior Open Is for Shot-Makers and Par-Breakers", The New York Times, June 27, 1990. Accessed June 4, 2012. "Tillinghast's genius was in the contouring of greens to make holes difficult without abundant length, narrow fairways, or hazards. He had a special fondness for Ridgewood, perhaps because he lived in nearby Harrington Park. He pronounced it his greatest work."
Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.