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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
The area that would become the borough had been known as Corona from the mid-1800s and grew up around the two local railroad stations. The name "Hasbrouck" was chosen in 1889 to honor Jacob Dillon Hasbrouck (1842-1918), general manager of the New Jersey and New York Railroad. In the face of local opposition, the name change was promoted as improving the community's public perception and avoiding confusion with the Corona, Queens neighborhood, while "Heights" was added to avoid confusion with a similarly named community in upstate New York.
Hasbrouck Heights was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on August 2, 1894, based on the passage of a referendum on July 31, 1894, and was created from portions of Lodi Township at the height of the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County. A part of the borough was annexed to Lodi in 1901.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.53 square miles (3.95 km2), including 1.52 square miles (3.95 km2) of land and <0.01 square miles (0.01 km2) of water (0.20%).
Of the 4,433 households, 31.5% had children under the age of 18; 57.4% were married couples living together; 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present and 28.1% were non-families. Of all households, 24.5% were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22.Same-sex couples headed 9 households in 2010, less than half of the 19 counted in 2000.
22.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females, the population had 92.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 89.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $88,375 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,467) and the median family income was $100,264 (+/- $9,917). Males had a median income of $60,618 (+/- $5,446) versus $47,385 (+/- $6,455) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,428 (+/- $3,231). About 3.6% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
There were 4,521 households, out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $64,529, and the median income for a family was $75,032. Males had a median income of $51,328 versus $40,570 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,626. About 2.1% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
Borough Hall (January 2009)
Hasbrouck Heights 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 Hasbrouck Heights, the most commonly used system in the state, 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 Hasbrouck Heights is Republican John M. "Jack" DeLorenzo III, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council are Council President Josephine M. Ciocia (R, 2022), Justin A. DiPisa (R, 2020), Christopher Hillmann (D, 2020), Ronald F. Kistner (R, 2022), Rosario Russell Lipari (R, 2021) and Steven Reyngoudt (D, 2021).
Federal, state and county representation
Hasbrouck Heights is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th 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 7,221 registered voters in Hasbrouck Heights, of which 1,630 (22.6% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,549 (35.3% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,040 (42.1% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 61.0% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 78.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 3,126 votes (51.0% vs. 41.1% countywide), ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton with 2,796 votes (45.7% vs. 54.2%) and other candidates with 205 votes (3.3% vs. 4.6%), among the 6,195 ballots cast by the borough's 8,119 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.3% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,883 votes (51.1% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,669 votes (47.3% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 43 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 5,640 ballots cast by the borough's 7,558 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.6% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 3,218 votes (52.9% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 2,772 votes (45.5% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 48 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 6,087 ballots cast by the borough's 7,612 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.0% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 3,066 votes (53.2% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 2,629 votes (45.6% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 53 votes (0.9% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,768 ballots cast by the borough's 7,345 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 62.7% of the vote (2,191 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 36.4% (1,272 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (32 votes), among the 3,571 ballots cast by the borough's 7,346 registered voters (76 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 48.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,037 votes (51.7% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,663 votes (42.2% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 181 votes (4.6% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 24 votes (0.6% vs. 0.5%), among the 3,937 ballots cast by the borough's 7,449 registered voters, yielding a 52.9% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Corpus Christi School is a Catholic elementary school that serves children in preschool through eighth grade. The school belongs to the Corpus Christi Parish, and has two main buildings: the early childhood learning center, for ages three to five, and the main building for ages five to thirteen. The school operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
View east along US 46 in Hasbrouck Heights
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 36.64 miles (58.97 km) of roadways, of which 29.29 miles (47.14 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.78 miles (7.69 km) by Bergen County and 2.57 miles (4.14 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
NJ Transit provides rail service via the Pascack Valley Line's Teterboro - Williams Avenue station, which is located on the eastern boundary with Teterboro, just across the tracks from the Williams Avenue dead end in Hasbrouck Heights. Although the rail line's tracks lie entirely within the borders of Hasbrouck Heights, and in fact form the borough's eastern boundary with Teterboro, New Jersey Transit considers the station to be in Teterboro because passenger boarding, passenger shelter, parking lot, and ingress/egress roads are accessed from that municipality.
In January 2013, New Jersey Transit erected a 300-foot (91 m) chain link fence in the vicinity of the Williams Avenue dead end as a safety measure to prevent pedestrians / commuters from crossing over the tracks illegally to gain access to the trains on the Teterboro side. Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Rose Marie Heck, Assemblyman Tim Eustace, and Hasbrouck Heights commuters have tried to work with New Jersey Transit to find alternative solutions, including installation of a pedestrian rail crossing with swing gates and warning lights. New Jersey Transit has indicated there are no immediate alternatives available since funding is not available.
1896 - Volunteer fire department established.
1935 - (May 19) Small biplane loses altitude after taking off from Teterboro Airport, and drops directly in front of automobile on Route 2 (now Route 17). Driver of automobile only bruised after crash, pilot and student co-pilot severely injured.
1966 - (June 29) Pilot James P. Scott crash-lands his Piper Aztec twin-engine plane on front lawn of Burton Avenue home after losing an engine and skimming the top of a tree, which softened his landing. The plane slid up the driveway and struck the house. The residents were not at home, and the pilot survived.
1999 - (December 9) A Beechcraft Baron bound from Virginia for neighboring Teterboro Airport crashed in a backyard. All four people passengers aboard the plane died, no injuries occurred on the ground.
1999 - (December 10) The Municipal Building (housing the borough hall, borough court, fire department, police department) catches fire. The cause of the blaze was found to be an electrical problem. A new building was constructed on the Boulevard and Central and dedicated on December 14, 2003.
2006 - (June) The public library director Michele Reutty was in the news for not providing information to the borough police when they turned up at the library without a subpoena. This event drew widespread attention via a Slashdot article.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Hasbrouck Heights include:
Clarence Chamberlin (1893-1976), aviation pioneer who was the second man to pilot a fixed-wing aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, from New York to the European mainland, while carrying the first transatlantic passenger.
^DePalma, Rachelle. "If You're Thinking Of Living In Hasbrouck Heights", The New York Times, November 10, 1985. Accessed February 18, 2020. "By the mid-1800s, the New Jersey and New York Railroad made its first appearance, transforming the village, then known as Corona, from a simple farmland into a thriving community.... In 1889, according to Hasbrouck Heights, History, by Jody Falco and Stephen McNabb, a group of prominent residents including Edward Anson, associate editor of the local newspaper, spearheaded a campaign to give the village of Corona a new name. The residents urged renaming it in honor of Dillon Hasbrouck, general manager of the New Jersey and New York Railroad, who had been instrumental in building two train stations in town. They said the village was often confused with the Queens County, N.Y., community of the same name, and argued that it would 'present a better image if renamed.'... The word Heights was then added so the borough would not be confused with the hamlet of Hasbrouck in Sullivan County, N.Y."
^Biography, Congressman Bill Pascrell. Accessed January 3, 2019."A native son of Paterson, N.J., Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. has built a life of public service upon the principles he learned while growing up on the south side of the Silk City."
^Johnson, Brent. "Meet your 3 new state lawmakers, New Jersey", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 25, 2018. Accessed July 3, 2018. "Swain, the former mayor of Fair Lawn, and Tully, the former council president in Bergenfield, will be district mates. They replace Joseph Lagana, who moved up to the state Senate last month when state Sen. Robert Gordon resigned to join the state Board of Public Utilities, and Tim Eustace, who resigned last month to take a job outside of state government."
^Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Identification, Hasbrouck Heights School District. Accessed February 18, 2020. "Purpose: The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades Pre-Kindergarten through twelve in the Hasbrouck Heights School District. Composition The Hasbrouck Heights School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Hasbrouck Heights."
^Graham, Dr. Aaron R. Bergen County Report on Consolidation and Regionalization, Bergen County Executive County Superintendent, March 15, 2010. Accessed June 15, 2011. "Hasbrouck Heights (PK-12) and Teterboro (non-op): The two districts will form the newly merged district of Hasbrouck Heights with Teterboro, a non-operating district scheduled for elimination on July 1, 2010."
^Home page, Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department. Accessed December 4, 2014.
^McFadden, Robert D."Plane Crashes Into Backyard in New Jersey, Killing All 4 On Board", The New York Times, December 10, 1999. Accessed December 6, 2013. "A private twin-engine plane carrying four people from Virginia to New Jersey crashed in a residential section of Bergen County just short of its destination late yesterday and exploded in flames. Three on board were killed, and the fourth, who was hurled burning from the wreckage, died hours later. ... Witnesses yesterday said that the aircraft, a six-seat Beechcraft Baron 58 that had been cleared for a landing at Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, was sputtering and wobbling in the sky and at 5:32 p.m. suddenly plummeted into the backyard of a home on Washington Place in Hasbrouck Heights, a mile west of the airport."
^Staff. "Library chief draws cops' ire", The Record, June 22, 2006, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 12, 2016. Accessed August 31, 2017. "Hasbrouck Heights Library Director Michele Reutty is under fire for refusing to give police library circulation records without a subpoena."
^Nicholaides, Kelly. "Red Wheelbarrow Poets release 4th book", South Bergenite, February 16, 2012. Accessed August 16, 2013. "Three in particular -- Madeline Tiger, Marian Calabro and Celine Beaulieu -- also featured essays offering insights into the Williams' life.... 'Williams was all about the specifics,' Calabro, a Hasbrouck Heights resident, says."
^Clarence Duncan Chamberlin, pitcairnfield.org. Accessed September 7, 2017. "The 1940 Census placed Chamberlin (age 46), Louise (33) and Phillip (14) living at 236 Washington Place, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ."
^Olivier, Bobby. "How this Nutley artist became New Jersey's latest music pioneer", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 21, 2016. "The EDM bleed has paid dividends for Mike Volpe, a Nutley native better known as Clams Casino, who has become one of the most sought-after digital designers in hip-hop's experimental universe.... 'It's great, how easy it is to get stuff out, and make music at home and all the sudden people everywhere can hear it,' he says, from his home in Hasbrouck Heights."
^"The Past, Present, and Future of Craig Langley Williams", CraigHollywood.com, November 11, 2003. Accessed December 8, 2013. "But I have also recently joined the fire department of Cherry Grove, NY where my summer home is and I am an applicant in my new home town of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ."
^Ervolino, Bill. "Tony Orlando to perform in Morristown", The Record, May 12, 2011, backed up the Internet Archive as of August 7, 2016. Accessed August 31, 2017. "He recorded his first single a decade earlier, when he was a teenager living in Hasbrouck Heights. 'We had moved from Union City to Hasbrouck Heights,' he recalls, 'and lived on Burr Street, near Teterboro Airport.'"
^Needell, Paul. "For Parcells, there is no greater game", The Star-Ledger, December 27, 2008. Accessed March 7, 2011. "Fifty years ago today, when the course of NFL history changed forever with the so-called Greatest Game Ever Played, New Jersey's favorite football son did not sit transfixed in front of his family's grainy black-and-white television set in Hasbrouck Heights."
^Rohan, Virginia. "Awake: Bergen man stars in new NBC drama", Bergen.com, February 29, 2012, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 8, 2016. Accessed August 31, 2017. "You might call the path that led actor Jay Seals to Awake - the NBC drama that premieres on Thursday - Three Degrees of Mad Men. After the Hasbrouck Heights native landed a role as an ad client in the AMC hit's fourth-season finale, that show's casting directors hired him to be a 'reader' on Metro, an NBC pilot from Oscar-winning writer Stephen Gaghan (Traffic)."
^"The Kid from Hoboken", Time (magazine), August 29, 1955. Accessed August 31, 2017. "Even at home, Sinatra was not safe. His house in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. was ringed all day and half the night by gazing girldom. Originally white, its sides were soon smeared with lipstick. Sometimes the girls made human ladders and peered into his bedroom, and when he got a haircut the clippings were claimed."