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New Milford, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
New Milford was incorporated as a borough on March 11, 1922, from what remained of Palisades Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 18, 1922. With the creation of New Milford, Palisades Township (which had been created in 1871) was dissolved. The borough is believed to have been named for Milford, Pennsylvania.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.32 square miles (6.02 km2), including 2.28 square miles (5.91 km2) of land and 0.04 square miles (0.11 km2) of water (1.77%).
During Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011, the Hackensack River crested at 11.84 feet (3.61 m), the second-highest recorded height and almost 6 feet (1.8 m) above flood stage, forcing flooding homes to be evacuated. The record height at the New Milford flood gauge is 12.36 feet (3.77 m) set during a storm on April 16, 2007, and the previous second-highest level of 11.45 feet (3.49 m) had been set during Hurricane Floyd on September 16, 1999.
Of the 6,141 households, 29.7% had children under the age of 18; 54.6% were married couples living together; 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present and 31.5% were non-families. Of all households, 27.2% were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.24.
20.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females, the population had 94.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.0 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $75,075 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,822) and the median family income was $96,885 (+/- $5,032). Males had a median income of $62,817 (+/- $4,265) versus $51,630 (+/- $2,640) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,491 (+/- $2,896). About 2.5% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
There were 6,346 households, of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18, 55.9% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.4% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $59,118, and the median income for a family was $77,216. Males had a median income of $46,463 versus $36,987 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,064. About 1.7% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
New Milford 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 the Mayor and the 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, who are elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in November. The Borough form of government used by New Milford 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 New Milford is Democratic Michael J. Putrino, whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. The New Milford Borough Council is composed of Council President Ira S. Grotsky (D, 2020), Frances Randi Duffie (D, 2022), Hedy Grant (D, 2021), Lisa Repasky-Sandhusen (D, 2022), Matthew S. Seymour (D, 2020; elected to serve an unexpired term) and Thea Sirocchi-Hurley (D, 2021).
In January 2019, Matthew Seymour was selected from three candidates nominated by the Democratic municipalcommittee to fill the seat expiring in December 2020 that was vacated earlier that month when he took office as mayor.
Democrats took control of the council in the November 2012 general election, as incumbent Austin Ashley won reelection while running mate and former council member Michael Putrino was elected again after having served two previous terms of office. Incumbent Republican Howard Berner and running mate Peter Rebsch, a former council member, fell short.
Celeste Scavetta had been appointed by the Borough Council on January 11, 2011, to fill the vacant seat of Ann Subrizi that expired at the end of 2011 when Subrizi was elected as mayor. Peter Rebsch was appointed in June 2011 to fill the vacant seat of Council President Keith Bachmann, who had resigned from office; Rebsch served until November 2011, when voters chose a candidate to fill the balance of Bachmann's term that expired in 2012.
In the November 2011 general election, Democratic incumbent Randi Duffie and newcomers Austin Ashley and Hedy Grant won seats on the Council, unseating incumbent Republicans Peter Rebsch and Celeste Scavetta. After counting absentee ballots, Duffie and Grant won the two three-year council seats, edging Republican Scavetta by 10 votes, and started their terms in January 2012. Ashley defeated Darren Drake by 39 votes for the remaining year on the unexpired term of Ann Subrizzi that had been filled on an interim basis by Peter Rebsch, and took office after the election.
The results of the election held November 2, 2010, were a Republican sweep. Republican challenger Ann Subrizi (2,433 votes) ousted 14-year Democratic incumbent, Frank DeBari (2,120). The Republican challengers for Council defeated both incumbents, with Dominic Colucci (2,328 votes) and Diego Robalino (2,285) unseating Democrats Michael J. Putrino (2,210) and Arthur E. Zeilner (2,115). These result gave the Republicans a 4-1 margin, with Ann Subrizi's seat on the Council left vacant.
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 9,355 registered voters in New Milford, of which 2,787 (29.8% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,636 (17.5% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 4,928 (52.7% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 4 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 57.2% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 72.3% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 3,975 votes (51.4% vs. 54.2% countywide), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 3,463 votes (44.8% vs. 41.1%) and other candidates with 299 votes (3.9% vs. 4.6%), among the 7,812 ballots cast by the borough's 10,556 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.0% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,780 votes (54.5% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 3,036 votes (43.8% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 61 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 6,932 ballots cast by the borough's 9,892 registered voters, for a turnout of 70.1% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 4,152 votes (53.6% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 3,448 votes (44.5% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 68 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 7,746 ballots cast by the borough's 9,881 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.4% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 3,838 votes (51.1% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 3,574 votes (47.6% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 50 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 7,506 ballots cast by the borough's 9,596 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.2% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.4% of the vote (2,601 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 37.3% (1,578 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (57 votes), among the 4,348 ballots cast by the borough's 9,506 registered voters (112 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 45.7%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 2,306 ballots cast (47.7% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 2,223 votes (45.9% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 227 votes (4.7% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 31 votes (0.6% vs. 0.5%), among the 4,838 ballots cast by the borough's 9,615 registered voters, yielding a 50.3% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
In the 2011-12 school year, the high school introduced an academies program to the school, similar to the structure at the Bergen Academies. There are now sub-academies within the high school such as the school of sciences and the school of history.
The Hovnanian School, founded in 1976 and dedicated to helping foster knowledge of Armenian culture and the Armenian language, serves students in preschool through eighth grade in the former Steuben School.
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 47.41 miles (76.30 km) of roadways, of which 42.45 miles (68.32 km) were maintained by the municipality and 4.96 miles (7.98 km) by Bergen County.
Main roads in New Milford include River Road, Madison Avenue, Milford Avenue, and Boulevard.
^Welcome to New Bridge LandingArchived 2016-04-27 at the Wayback Machine, Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission. Accessed April 20, 2016. "New Bridge Landing was the site of a pivotal bridge crossing the Hackensack River, where General George Washington led his troops in retreat from British forces. The area is now a New Jersey historic site in portions of New Milford, River Edge and Teaneck in Bergen County, New Jersey."
^Borough Council Meeting Minutes for January 14, 2019, Borough of New Milford. Accessed October 3, 2019. "Council President Duffie made a motion to niminate Matthew Seymour.... The motion carries on a roll call vote as follows... Assemblyman Christopher Tully administered the oath of office to Mr. Seymour."
^Devencentis, Philip. "Democrats win council race in New Milford", Twin-Boro News, November 15, 2012. Accessed August 13, 2013. "The political makeup of the council will change, however, with the election of former Councilman Michael Putrino, a Democrat.... Putrino's running mate, Councilman Austin Ashley, received 2,956 votes to earn his first full term.... Republican council president Howard Berner and his running mate, Peter Rebsch, trailed in last week's election with 2,583 votes and 2,534 votes, respectively."
^Griffiths, Erin Patricia. "Peter Rebsch appointed to the New Milford Council", Twin-Boro News, June 14, 2011. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Peter Rebsch, New Milford resident and Republican council candidate for the November election, was appointed last night to fill the vacancy on the borough's governing body. He was appointed in a 4-1 vote, with Councilwoman Randi Duffie dissenting. Rebsch was one of three candidates put forth by the New Milford Republican Club for the open borough seat, which was left vacant with the resignation of Council President Keith Bachmann."
^Piccirillo, Ann. "Absentee Ballots Put New Milford Democrats On Top: A nail-biting race that came down to absentee ballots", NewMilfordPatch, November 9, 2011. "Until all 185 absentee ballots were counted, the race in New Milford was too close to call, but when all the votes were tallied, the Democratic slate swept to victory, changing the face of New Milford's council. Democratic incumbent Randi Duffie and her running mates, Hedy Grant and Austin Ashley, beat out Republican incumbents Celeste Scavetta, Peter Rebsch and their running mate, Darren Drake."
^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."
^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."
^New Milford Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Identification, New Milford School District. Accessed June 9, 2020. "Purpose: The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades kindergarten through twelve in the New Milford School District. Composition: The New Milford School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of the Borough of New Milford."
^Leichman, Joseph. "More powerful than a locomotive...", Jewish Standard, November 26, 2010. Accessed January 2, 2013. "Jack Antonoff of New Milford and Daniel Silbert of Tenafly first crossed paths in elementary school at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County in New Milford, where they also met Evan Winiker, whose family moved to Teaneck in time for him to begin the sixth grade at Schechter."
^Mario Bokara, Cagematch. Accessed June 9, 2020. "Birthplace: New Milford, New Jersey, USA"
^Campbell-Christie House, accessed April 26, 2007. "John Walter Christie, born in the house on May 6, 1865, achieved fame as an inventor."
^Kaulessar, Ricardo. "Blue's Clues returns with New Milford High alum as host", The Record, October 9, 2018. Accessed October 10, 2018. "For Dela Cruz, a 2007 graduate of New Milford High School and 2011 graduate of Montclair State University, it's a role that has challenged him, yet has amazed him.... And for the 29-year-old Filipino actor, who was born in the United Arab Emirates, lived in New York, and moved to New Milford when he was in the first grade, being the host is a dream coming full circle."
^Coates, Laird McC. "Pee Wee Erwin, 68, jazz trumpeter", The Record, June 22, 1981. Accessed June 9, 2020. "Pee Wee Erwin, a star trumpet player for 50 years, first with the swing bands of the 1930s and later with small jazz groups, died of cancer at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck. He was 68 and was a longtime resident of New Milford."
^Beckerman, Jim. "Fowler draws on salon ties for role", The Record, March 12, 2008. Accessed March 12, 2008. "Born in Jersey City, raised in Rutherford (she cut her acting teeth with the Bergen County Players in Oradell), she lived in Teaneck, Hawthorne and Glen Rock before settling, eight years ago, in New Milford."
^Sheingold, Nina. "Janet Hamill Raises a Toast to La Vie Boheme; Café Society", Chronogram, February 1, 2014. Accessed May 18, 2016. "Hamill was born in Weehawken, across the Hudson from midtown Manhattan. She was the second of five children, and her family soon moved to suburban New Milford, still tantalizingly close to the city she calls 'a magical place.'"
^Rondinaro, Gene. "If You're Thinking of Living In; New Milford", The New York Times, October 19, 1986. Accessed July 19, 2012. "Ed Marinaro, a local high-school football star, set N.C.A.A. rushing records at Cornell University, then played professionally with the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets. Then he turned actor, with his most recent role as Officer Joe Coffey in the hit television series Hill Street Blues."
^"New Milford Sports Award Banquet", New Milford Patch, June 9, 2011. Accessed September 29, 2016. "WFAN's John Minko was the emcee of the evening. The long-time New Milford resident ran the show flawlessly."
^Garcia, Alfa. "Veteran punk rocker continues the struggle", The Record, October 6, 2010. Accessed January 23, 2011. "Steele, 54, is the only constant in the band -- a New Milford native with a thick New Jersey accent who emits the energy of a 25-year-old and the hustle of a time-worn New York musician."
^Parisi, Albert J. "Return of Body Expected", The New York Times, January 30, 1983. Accessed June 2, 2017. "A body that may be that of a missing New Jersey freelance journalist is expected to be shipped to the United States this week at the request of Representative Robert Torricelli, a freshman Democrat from New Milford."