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Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
Upper Saddle River had a per capita income of $73,639 and was ranked 20th in New Jersey based on data from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey from the United States Census Bureau, more than double the statewide average of $34,858. In the 2013-2017 ACS, Upper Saddle River had a median household income of $176,674 (ranked 8th in the state) and included 42.9% of households earning more than $200,000 annually.
Upper Saddle River was originally settled by the LenapeNative Americans and was colonized in the 18th century principally by Dutch settlers who built mills along the Saddle River. The area was granted borough status in 1894 and remained principally rural until the 1950s. The suburban growth of New Jersey affected Upper Saddle River and surrounding municipalities, as the borough's population increased tenfold from 1950 to 1970. The population has remained fairly constant since 1970.
Predominantly a residential community consisting of one-acre (4,000 m2) lots, Upper Saddle River also contains a library, police station, fire station, ambulance corps, municipal hall, and three primary schools. Commerce and industry are concentrated along the town's western border along Route 17. Postal service is shared with the neighboring borough of Saddle River.
Upper Saddle River was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 22, 1894, from portions of Hohokus Township and Orvil Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Upper Saddle River's referendum passed on November 20, one day after the referendum passed for Saddle River. The name of the river, and hence the borough, is thought to come from early explorers who thought that the geography of the area resembled that of the Sadle Burn, the valley surrounding a stream in the Scottish area of Argyll.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.27 square miles (13.66 km2), including 5.25 square miles (13.60 km2) of land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) of water (0.38%). The borough is bisected by the Saddle River, a tributary of the Passaic River.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Duffys Mills, Hoppers Mills and Posts Mills.
The borough is served by several major highways, including the Garden State Parkway at exits 172 and 171 in Montvale and Woodcliff Lake, and Route 17, which runs through the borough, though some portions of Upper Saddle River are served by roads located in Saddle River, Ramsey and Mahwah.
Of the 2,639 households, 48.1% had children under the age of 18; 78.3% were married couples living together; 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present and 12.9% were non-families. Of all households, 10.7% were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.37.
30.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.9 years. For every 100 females, the population had 96.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 93.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $175,399 (with a margin of error of +/- $22,259) and the median family income was $179,241 (+/- $47,207). Males had a median income of $160,795 (+/- $24,471) versus $67,885 (+/- $27,436) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $73,639 (+/- $8,085). About 1.5% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.
There were 2,497 households, out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.6% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.2% were non-families. 8.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 30.7% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $127,635, and the median income for a family was $132,401. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $51,587 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $57,239. None of the families and 0.7% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 2.1% of those over 64.
Upper Saddle River 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 comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large. 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 Upper Saddle River 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 Upper Saddle River is Republican Joanne L. Minichetti, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Vincent M. Durante (R, 2021), Roger B. DeBerardine (R, 2020), Steven F. DiMartino (R, 2020), Jonathan W. Ditkoff (R, 2022), Joanne Florio (R, 2021) and Douglas M. Rotella (R, 2022).
In March 2019, the Borough Council selected Douglas Rotella from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2019 that was held by Thomas H. Hafner until he resigned from office the previous month.
Federal, state and county representation
Upper Saddle River 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 5,587 registered voters in Upper Saddle River, of which 996 (17.8% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,840 (32.9% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,746 (49.1% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 68.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 98.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 2,350 votes (52.7% vs. 41.1% countywide), ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton with 1,945 votes (43.6% vs. 54.2%) and other candidates with 161 votes (3.6% vs. 4.6%), among the 4,510 ballots cast by the borough's 6,330 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.3% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 2,726 votes (65.3% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,405 votes (33.7% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 22 votes (0.5% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,174 ballots cast by the borough's 5,987 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.7% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 2,565 votes (58.1% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,788 votes (40.5% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 29 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 4,415 ballots cast by the borough's 5,648 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.2% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 2,671 votes (61.5% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 1,635 votes (37.6% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 24 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 4,345 ballots cast by the borough's 5,319 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.7% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 78.0% of the vote (1,817 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 21.2% (493 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (19 votes), among the 2,369 ballots cast by the borough's 5,699 registered voters (40 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 41.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,830 votes (63.8% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 899 votes (31.3% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 115 votes (4.0% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 9 votes (0.3% vs. 0.5%), among the 2,869 ballots cast by the borough's 5,620 registered voters, yielding a 51.0% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Rodie Child Care Center, run by the YWCA of Bergen County, is open to children from 6 weeks old to 6 years old, including an all-day private Kindergarten class, and is located on Pleasant Avenue.
Parks and recreation
Hess Park - located on Hess Court, the park has athletic fields and a playground
Lions Memorial Park - located on Lake Street, this park has athletic playing fields, walking paths, and a playground. This park was built and funded by the Saddle River Valley Lions Club. The park is also home to the annual Saddle River Valley Lions Club carnival; held every year on Memorial Day weekend.
Liberty Pond Park - located on Hopper Farm Road, this park has a gazebo and swing benches, as guests view the West Branch Saddle River pond.
View south along Route 17 in Upper Saddle River
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 60.00 miles (96.56 km) of roadways, of which 51.56 miles (82.98 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.83 miles (12.60 km) by Bergen County and 0.61 miles (0.98 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
^Harvey, Cornelius Burnham. Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, p. 11, New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900. Accessed September 15, 2013. "For a period of sixteen years following the passage of this act few boroughs were organized in the State, only three of them being in Bergen County.... As it was twenty-six boroughs were created in the county from January 23, 1894, to December 18, of the same year."
^History, Borough of Upper Saddle River. Accessed October 17, 2015. "There are a number of theories on the origin of the name Saddle River, but the most likely is that it came from two Scotsmen exploring the area in the 1600s who thought it resembled the Sadle Burn in their homeland."
^The Hunter Douglas Legacy, Hunter Douglas. Accessed September 8, 2007. "Headquartered in Upper Saddle River, NJ, Hunter Douglas Window Fashions is the leading manufacturer of custom window coverings in North America, representing 50% of the Hunter Douglas Group sales."
^Stoltz, Marsha A. "Upper Saddle River appoints Douglas Rotella as new council member", The Record, March 26, 2019. Accessed October 9, 2019. "The Borough Council has appointed Douglas Rotella to succeed Councilman Thomas Hafner, who resigned in February, toward the end of his third term in office. Rotella, who will be sworn in at the council's next meeting on April 4, will serve through the end of 2019."
^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."
^Upper Saddle River Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Idemtification, Upper Saddle River School District. Accessed June 17, 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 eight in the Upper Saddle River School District. Composition: The Upper Saddle River School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Upper Saddle River."
^District Profile, Upper Saddle River School District. Accessed June 17, 2020. "The Upper Saddle River School District includes the Borough of Upper Saddle River located in Bergen County, about 25 miles North of New York City.... Upper Saddle River is an above average socioeconomic suburban community with approximately 1400 students enrolled in its schools.... The school system consists of three facilities: Reynolds Elementary (Pre-K to 2), Bogert Elementary (3 to 5) and Cavallini Middle School (6-8)."
^Northern Highlands Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Identification, Northern Highlands Regional High School District. Accessed June 17, 2020. "Purpose: The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades 9 through 12 in the Northern Highlands Regional High School District.. Composition: The Northern Highlands Regional High School District is comprised pf all the area within the municipal boundaries of Allendale and Upper Saddle River."
^Staff. "Tuition to rise $219 under new contract", Town Journal, November 19, 2009. Accessed November 30, 2014. "With no high school in the borough, Saddle River students have the option of enrolling in either Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands."
^Kitchin, Jessica. "The Phenom; At 16, Kristie Ahn is poised to be a tennis power.", New Jersey Monthly, March 18, 2009. Accessed December 19, 2013. "As the top-ranked junior tennis player in the country, Kristie Ahn has won countless matches, including those that secured her USTA National Spring Championship and Junior Fed Cup last year. But it was actually in one of her rare defeats that this 16-year-old from Upper Saddle River found the most joy."
^Miles, Gary. "What They're Seeking Is Field Hockey Gold", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 5, 1998. Accessed August 21, 2011. "Team captain Beth Beglin of Upper Saddle River, N.J., recently named the head coach at the University of Iowa, and Californians Marcy Place von Schottenstein and Sheryl Johnson are back from the 1984 team. Johnson also serves as the team's vice captain."
^"New Voice - Opera announcer with a New Jersey accent", The Record, October 5, 2004. Accessed August 2, 2007. "In the world of opera, Margaret Juntwait, born and raised in Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River, has certainly achieved an enviable position. The Metropolitan Opera announced that the WNYC-FM classical music host with the seductively smooth voice will announce Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera."
^Adamek, Steve. "Kidd's secret recipe ", The Record, November 15, 2002. Accessed December 14, 2008. "Yet, Tuesday night at Jason and Joumana Kidd's Upper Saddle River home wasn't about eating, although Jefferson acknowledged that if not for the meal, he might have dined on 'potato chips' or fast food, or simply slept through dinner."
^Anderson, Dave. "The Grime and the Emptiness of N.F.L. Labor Disputes", The New York Times, March 19, 2011. Accessed March 20, 2014. "When the Giants returned from a Monday night road game, Parcells and his coaches usually went directly to Giants Stadium, slept for a few hours, if at all, then began preparing the game plan for Sunday's opponent. Instead, Parcells drove to his Upper Saddle River, N.J., home and didn't arrive at the stadium until Tuesday afternoon."
^Feldberg, Robert. "Jason Patric stars in his father's hit play, 'That Championship Season'", The Record, February 13, 2011. Accessed February 22, 2011. "The money from That Championship Season enabled the family, which included Patric's brother and sister, to move to Upper Saddle River and a five-bedroom house on a large piece of land.... Patric (his given name is Jason Patric Miller Jr.) attended Cavallini Middle School, and then Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey."
^DeMarco, Jerry. "Wyckoff's Rooney: Time To Stop Owners Who Harm Pets To Get Prescriptions", Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Daily Voice, May 12, 2017. Accessed June 17, 2020. "'Any person not identified as an owner may not receive a prescription, and prescriptions may not be refilled unless it is past the authorized date,' said the Paterson-born Rooney, who grew up in Upper Saddle River."
^McCarron, Anthony. "Yanks Reel in Villone. Trade with Fish Brins Lefty Home", New York Daily News, December 17, 2005. Accessed December 19, 2013. "Ron Villone grew up a Yankee fan and still lives within 20 miles of the Stadium, in Upper Saddle River, N.J. So when he found out yesterday that the Marlins had traded him to the Yankees, the lefty's thoughts drifted back to the late 1970s, when he sat in the stands and marveled at Ron Guidry."