Hillsdale, New Jersey
- For the unincorporated community in Monmouth County, see Hillsdale, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
|Hillsdale, New Jersey|
|Borough of Hillsdale|
Map highlighting Hillsdale's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Hillsdale, New Jersey
March 25, 1898 as Township
April 24, 1923 as Borough
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Max Arnowitz (R, term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Jonathan DeJoseph|
|• Clerk||Susan Witkowski|
|• Total||2.957 sq mi (7.659 km2)|
|• Land||2.949 sq mi (7.639 km2)|
|• Water||0.008 sq mi (0.020 km2) 0.26%|
336th of 566 in state
27th of 70 in county
|Elevation||62 ft (19 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||10,482|
240th of 566 in state
36th of 70 in county
|• Density||3,464.8/sq mi (1,337.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||
184th of 566 in state
38th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885255|
Hillsdale is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 10,219, reflecting an increase of 132 (+1.3%) from the 10,087 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 337 (+3.5%) from the 9,750 counted in the 1990 Census.
The populated area today known as Hillsdale took form in the mid-to-late 19th century as land speculators, led by David P. Patterson, developed subdivisions to profit from the coming of the Hackensack and New York Railroad (later New Jersey and New York Railroad). The area was incorporated as Hillsdale Township on March 25, 1898, from portions of Washington Township, which had, in turn, been set off from Harrington Township in 1840. Portions of the township were taken on April 30, 1906, to create the township of River Vale. Hillsdale was reincorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 2, 1923, based on the results of a referendum held on April 24, 1923. The borough's name derives from its location in a "dale among the hills".
- Geography 1
- Census 2010 2.1
- Census 2000 2.2
- Local government 3.1
- Federal, state and county representation 3.2
- Politics 3.3
Emergency services 4
- Police 4.1
- Fire 4.2
- Ambulance 4.3
- Education 5
- Roads and highways 6.1
- Public transportation 6.2
- Notable people 7
- Points of interest 8
- References 9
- Sources 10
- External links 11
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.957 square miles (7.659 km2), including 2.949 square miles (7.639 km2) of land and 0.008 square miles (0.020 km2) of water (0.26%).
A small portion of Woodcliff Lake Reservoir lies inside the borough, at the southeast end of the reservoir, with Church Road following along the southern end of the spillway.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,219 people, 3,493 households, and 2,843 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,464.8 per square mile (1,337.8/km2). There were 3,567 housing units at an average density of 1,209.4 per square mile (467.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.42% (9,138) White, 1.01% (103) Black or African American, 0.12% (12) Native American, 6.26% (640) Asian, 0.05% (5) Pacific Islander, 2.06% (211) from other races, and 1.08% (110) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 7.77% (794) of the population.
There were 3,493 households, of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.27. Same-sex couples headed 23 households in 2010, an increase from the 19 counted in 2000.
In the borough, 26.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $116,021 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,848) and the median family income was $132,340 (+/- $8,841). Males had a median income of $91,250 (+/- $6,943) versus $53,190 (+/- $11,522) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,549 (+/- $2,679). About 1.4% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,087 people, 3,502 households, and 2,850 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,383.2 people per square mile (1,306.9/km2). There were 3,547 housing units at an average density of 1,189.7 per square mile (459.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.41% White, 0.85% African American, 0.07% Native American, 5.08% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.25% of the population.
There were 3,502 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the borough the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $82,904, and the median income for a family was $90,861. Males had a median income of $65,052 versus $43,558 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,651. About 2.5% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
Hillsdale is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, 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 consists 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 Hillsdale, the most common system used 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 2015, the Mayor of Hillsdale Borough is Republican Max Arnowitz, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Hillsdale Borough Council are Jason DeGise (D, 2015), Anthony DeRosa (R, 2017), Chrisoula Looes (D, 2016), Lawrence Meyerson (D, 2015), Frank Pizzella (R, 2016) and John Ruocco (R, 2017).
Frank Pizzella was appointed in January 2013 to fill the vacant seat of Michael Giancarlo expiring in December 2013. Giancarlo's rsignation in December 2012 was one of five that year, with Anthony DeRosa appointed in January 2012 to fill the seat of Donna Schiavone, Leslie Becker appointed to fill the vacancy of Jonathan DeJoseph when he was named as borough administrator, Frank Pizzella replacing Rod Capawana, and John MacEwen replacing the seat that Leslie Becker had briefly occupied.
Federal, state and county representation
Hillsdale is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
The 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the General Assembly by Holly Schepisi (R, River Vale) and Robert Auth (R). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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- Stony Brook Swim Club is a pool complex located on Cedar Lane that includes an Olympic-size swimming pool, kiddie pool, intermediate pool, water slide, picnic area, basketball court, and playground.
- Beechwood Park: a park located on Hillsdale Avenue. It has an amphitheater, playground, picnic area, and a softball field. In 2014, a group of 70 residents, assisted by a $1,000 grant, worked to rebuild and expand walking trails that run through the park.
- Hillsdale Memorial Park: a park that is across from Beechwood Park. It has baseball fields and basketball courts.
Points of interest
- Danny Aiello III (1957–2010), actor, stuntman, and son of actor Danny Aiello.
- Mary Jane Clark (born 1954), suspense novelist.
- Reuben Locke Haskell (1878-1971), U.S. Representative from New York's 10th congressional district from 1915 to 1919.
- Buddy Hassett (1911-1997), professional baseball player who played first base in Major League Baseball from 1936 to 1942.
- Marion West Higgins (1915–1999), first female Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Jeff Hostetler (born 1961), quarterback for the New York Giants' victory in Super Bowl XXV, lived in Hillsdale for his remaining seasons with the team.
- Johnny Kucks (1933-2013), pitcher who played for the New York Yankees and won the final game of the 1956 World Series.
- Eddie Lopat (1918–1992), pitcher for the New York Yankees.
- Kathleen Noone (born 1945) soap opera/television actress.
- David P. Patterson (c. 1840 - 1879), president of the Hackensack and New York Railroad and early developer of Hillsdale.
- Jeff Phillips (born 1968), fitness trainer and former actor best known for his work in Guiding Light, As the World Turns and the 1996 film Independence Day.
- Vic Raschi (1919–1988), pitcher for the New York Yankees.
- David Remnick (born 1958), editor for The New Yorker.
- Darren Rizzi (born 1970), assistant special teams coach for the Miami Dolphins.
- Bill Skowron (1930-2012), first baseman for the New York Yankees.
- Mike Vaccaro, lead sports columnist for The New York Post since November 2002.
- Teddy Wilson (1912–1986), jazz pianist.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Hillsdale include:
 Bus service in Hillsdale is provided by
Hillsdale is served by New Jersey Transit at the Hillsdale train station, located at Broadway and Hillsdale Avenue, offering service on the Pascack Valley Line, a single-track line with passing sidings providing service to and from Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New Jersey Transit one-stop service to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations, along with Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.
County Route 503 (Kinderkamack Road) passes through Hillsdale. While the Garden State Parkway passes through Hillsdale, there is no interchange on the parkway within the borough. It is accessible via nearby interchange 168. The main east-west road in Hillsdale is Hillsdale Avenue, running nearly the length of the borough. Other main roads in Hillsdale include Pascack Road, Broadway and Wierimus Road.
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 47.92 miles (77.12 km) of roadways, of which 38.13 miles (61.36 km) were maintained by the municipality, 9.13 miles (14.69 km) by Bergen County and 0.66 miles (1.06 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Roads and highways
St. John's Academy is a Catholic school serving children in preKindergarten through eighth grade and operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The school began as St. John the Baptist Parish School in 1955, and its current name was adopted in 1997 to reflect its collective sponsorship by St. John the Baptist, Hillsdale; St. Andrew’s Church, Westwood; Our Lady Mother of the Church, Woodcliff Lake; St. Gabriel the Archangel, Saddle River; and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Washington Township.
Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.
Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Pascack Valley High School along with students from neighboring River Vale. The school is part of the Pascack Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from Montvale and Woodcliff Lake at Pascack Hills High School.
 with 653 students in grades 5-8. The
The HVAS is a member of the New Jersey State First Aid Council, the Pascack Valley Volunteer Ambulance Association, and the Pascack Valley Mutual Aid Group, which includes organizations covering eight neighboring municipalities.
The primary jurisdiction of the HVAS is the Borough of Hillsdale, but the service also regularly responds to requests for mutual-aid from the neighboring First Aid Squads of Old Tappan, Emerson, Washington Township, Westwood, River Vale, and Tri-Boro (Park Ridge, Woodcliff Lake, and Montvale).
The Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service was started on January 5, 1954. The service is run by six officers: President, Vice President, Captain, lieutenant, secretary, and treasurer. The HVAS is an all-volunteer independent public emergency medical service. As such, they do not bill for services, and their equipment is not directly paid for by the borough. Funding is provided by donations and support from the borough. The service provides basic life support, and is staffed primarily by certified Emergency Medical Technicians. They have one Type III ambulance, Ambulance 36.
The Hillsdale Fire Department (HFD) is an all-volunteer fire department. Started in 1902, the department consists of one chief, one deputy chief, one Sr. captain, one captain, and four lieutenants. The department's headquarters is located at 383 Hillsdale Avenue, and houses two pumpers, Engine 34 and Engine 33; one tower ladder, Tower 31, and one rescue unit, Rescue 36. There is also a Fire chief's vehicle and a vehicle for the Assistant Chief.
Officers of the Hillsdale Police Department are members of Hillsdale PBA Local #207 of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, Inc.
The Hillsdale Police Department has provided police services to the Borough of Hillsdale since 1921. As of 2012, there are a total of 19 members of the department: one chief, one captain, 17 officers, and three dispatchers. The HPD is a full-time department funded by taxes. The force is responsible for all aspects of policing in the borough, including responding to fire and medical emergency calls. Each patrol car is equipped with a first aid kit, oxygen tank, and an Automated external defibrillator.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.1% of the vote (2,262 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 34.0% (1,183 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (31 votes), among the 3,536 ballots cast by the borough's 7,185 registered voters (60 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 49.2%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,034 votes (52.7% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,561 votes (40.4% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 225 votes (5.8% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 20 votes (0.5% vs. 0.5%), among the 3,860 ballots cast by the borough's 7,137 registered voters, yielding a 54.1% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
In the John Kerry with 2,611 votes (46.2% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 48 votes (0.8% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,655 ballots cast by the borough's 6,879 registered voters, for a turnout of 82.2% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 7,092 registered voters in Hillsdale, of which 1,694 (23.9% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,067 (29.1% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,323 (46.9% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 69.4% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 94.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
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