Secaucus, New Jersey
|Secaucus, New Jersey|
|Town of Secaucus|
Looking east to Hackensack River and Secaucus
Location of Secaucus within Hudson County and the state of New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Secaucus, New Jersey
|Incorporated||March 12, 1900 (as borough)|
|Reincorporated||June 5, 1917 (as town)|
|• Mayor||Michael J. Gonnelli (term ends December 31, 2017)|
|• Administrator||David Drumeler|
|• Clerk||Michael Marra|
|• Total||6.599 sq mi (17.090 km2)|
|• Land||5.822 sq mi (15.078 km2)|
|• Water||0.777 sq mi (2.012 km2) 11.77%|
248th of 566 in state
4th of 12 in county
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||18,416|
155th of 566 in state
8th of 12 in county
|• Density||2,793.7/sq mi (1,078.7/km2)|
|• Density rank||
226th of 566 in state
12th of 12 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||07094, 07096|
|GNIS feature ID||0885392|
Secaucus ( ) is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 16,264, reflecting an increase of 333 (+2.1%) from the 15,931 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,870 (+13.3%) from the 14,061 counted in the 1990 Census.
Located within the New Jersey Meadowlands, it is the most suburban of the county's municipalities, though large parts of the town are dedicated to light manufacturing, retail, and transportation uses, as well as protected areas.
Secaucus is a derivation of the Algonquian words for "black" (seke or sukit) and "snake" (achgook), or "place of snakes. or sekakes, referring to snakes.
- History 1
- Geography 2
- 2010 Census 3.1
- 2000 Census 3.2
- Sports 4.1
Local government 5.1
- Fire Department 5.1.1
- Federal, state and county representation 5.2
- Politics 5.3
- Local government 5.1
- Education 6
- Roads and highways 7.1
- Public transportation 7.2
- Media 8
- Notable people 9
- See also 10
- References 11
- External links 12
Sikakes, once an island, was part of the territory purchased by Director-General of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant in 1658. The territory was part of what is considered to the oldest municipality in the state of New Jersey which was first chartered in 1660 as Bergen in the province of New Netherland and, in 1683, became Bergen Township.
Settlement had begun by at least 1733 by the Smith family, whose namesake Abel I. Smith Burial Ground is part of the lore of Secaucus.
Secaucus was originally formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1900, from portions of North Bergen. On June 7, 1917, Secaucus was incorporated as a town, replacing Secaucus borough, based on the results of a referendum held on June 5, 1917.
Secaucus was originally an agricultural community specializing in flowers. It later became known for its pig farms in the first half of the 20th century. In the early 1900s the town was home to approximately 55 pig farms, which housed nearly 250,000 pigs, which outnumbered humans 16 to 1. These farms served the meat demands of Newark and New York, and made the farmers wealthy. Many of them were local politicians, most notably pork peddler Henry B. Krajewski, who ran for New Jersey senator, three times for governor and twice for U.S. President. The town's pig farms, rendering plants, and junk yards gave the town a reputation for being one of the most odorous in the New York metropolitan area. In the 1950s the pig farms began to dwindle, partially due to construction on the New Jersey Turnpike, which would carry tourists that it was realized, would not appreciate the odor. In 1963, debris from the demolition of Pennsylvania Station was dumped in the Secaucus Meadowlands. In later decades Secaucus became more of a commuter town. In a non-binding referendum in 1969, 90% of voters in Secaucus chose to leave Hudson County and join Bergen County, as that county was more similar in character and had lower taxes. Today it is the still the most suburban town in Hudson County.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Secaucus as its 182nd best place to live in its 2010 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey, after ranking the borough 11th in its 2008 rankings.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 6.599 square miles (17.090 km2), including 5.822 square miles (15.078 km2) of it is land and 0.777 square miles (2.012 km2) of water (11.77%) is water.
At the southern end of Secaucus is Snake Hill (officially known as Laurel Hill), an igneous rock diabase intrusion jutting up some 150 feet (46 m) from the Meadowlands below, near the New Jersey Turnpike.
Being partly surrounded by the Hackensack Meadowlands, Secaucus provides opportunities to observe the recovery of natural marshes in the town's post industrial, post agricultural age. Some marsh areas in the northeast part of town have been filled to provide a new commercial area, and some to build footpaths for nature walks with signs illustrating birds and other wildlife to be seen there.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the town include:
- County Avenue - from Municipal Building to Secaucus Junction
- Harmon Cove - along the Hackensack River and Meadowlands Turnpike
- Harmon Meadows, site of Mill Creek Mall and Meadowlands Convention Center
- Laurel Hill
- Little Snake Hill
- North End - north of New Jersey Route 3, home Secaucus High School, Schmiddt's Woods, and Mill Creek Marsh
- Riverbend - a wetlands preserve at the meander in the Hackensack River
- Secaucus Junction - New Jersey Transit's central rail hub
- Secaucus Plaza Central Business District at Paterson Plank Road south of Route 3
- Snake Hill - site of Laurel Hill County Park
About 20% of the town's employed residents commute to New York City to work.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 16,264 people, 6,297 households, and 4,112 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,793.7 per square mile (1,078.7/km2). There were 6,846 housing units at an average density of 1,175.9 per square mile (454.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 68.40% (11,125) White, 4.11% (668) Black or African American, 0.20% (32) Native American, 20.40% (3,318) Asian, 0.04% (6) Pacific Islander, 4.38% (713) from other races, and 2.47% (402) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 18.60% (3,025) of the population.
There were 6,297 households, of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town, 19.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $82,289 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,523) and the median family income was $96,475 (+/- $10,189). Males had a median income of $58,902 (+/- $7,548) versus $54,665 (+/- $4,626) for females. The per capita income for the town was $38,375. About 4.7% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.
According to the 2000 United States Census there were 15,931 people, 6,214 households, and 3,945 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,706.7 people per square mile (1,044.3/km2). There were 6,385 housing units at an average density of 1,084.8 per square mile (418.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 68.54% White, 14.45% African American, 0.11% Native American, 11.80% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.79% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.26% of the population.
There were 6,214 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the town the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $59,800, and the median income for a family was $72,568. Males had a median income of $49,937 versus $39,370 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,684. About 3.9% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.
There are several large retail areas in Secaucus. Secaucus Plaza is the "downtown" area of Secaucus, just off of Route 3. The Outlets are a collection of outlet shops selling discounted name-brand merchandise in southwest Secaucus. Many factory retail outlets are scattered throughout the Harmon Cove industrial section, often located in warehouses or converted factories. Harmon Cove Outlet Center is the largest outlet mall, on Enterprise Avenue. The Mill Creek Mall is a mall on Route 3 on the west side of the Turnpike. Harmon Meadow Plaza is a large hotel, restaurant and shopping complex that features gyms, a pool hall, the Meadowlands Convention Center, a 14-screen Showplace Theatres and a Wal-Mart and Sam's Club located east of the New Jersey Turnpike, near Route 3 and Interchange 16E. Best Buy, Raymour & Flanigan, Ashley Furniture, Home Depot and Daffy's are located on Paterson Plank Road off Interchange 16E. National Retail Systems is another large employer. Secaucus is home to several corporate headquarters, including Goya Foods, The Children's Place, FiberMedia and Hartz Mountain Industries.
In 2011, two companies announced that they would be leaving Secaucus.
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- McDonald, Terrence T. "Jersey Journal ushers in 'new era,' moves into new 10,000-square-foot Secaucus headquarters", The Jersey Journal, January 7, 2014. Accessed July 10, 2015. "The Jersey Journal, Hudson County’s 147-year-old daily newspaper, officially moved into its new headquarters in Secaucus yesterday, starting what the paper’s publisher calls 'a new era.' The paper called Journal Square home for more than a century and was at 30 Journal Square for nearly 90 years. In fact, that area of Jersey City was named after The Jersey Journal."
- About Us, Secaucus Home News. Accessed July 10, 2015.
- El Especial's Online. Accessed August 31, 2013.
- Gautier, Andrew. "MyNetworkTV Flagship WWOR Returns News to 10", TVSpy, May 9, 2011.
- Kogan, Rick (August 17, 2015). "Morton Downey Jr. paved the way for the angry talk show host of today". Chicago Tribune.
- Smerconish, Michael (August 16, 2015). "Michael Smerconish on Reliable Sources: 'I see shades of Morton Downey Jr. in so much of the political environment today'". Reliable Sources. CNN.
- Staff. "Thankfully, Rev. Al Sharpton No Longer Addresses His Detractors As 'Punk Faggot'", The Smoking Gun, December 16, 2010. Accessed September 1, 2014. "An upcoming documentary about the late Morton Downey, Jr., the acerbic, chain-smoking talk show host, promises a meditation on the progenitor of trash TV, whose eponymous 1980s program was filmed in Secaucus, New Jersey and whose audience was filled with current and future probationers."
- Wright, E. Assata. "Getting the film crews back to NJ; Gov. to decide future of tax credit that benefited Hudson County", Hudson Reporter, February 20, 2011. Accessed July 15, 2012. "The tax credit had been instrumental in attracting several TV productions to Hudson County, including the NBC hospital drama "Mercy," which was shot in Secaucus, and NBC’s "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," which filmed throughout the county but was primarily shot in a studio in North Bergen."
- Maurer, Mark. "Secaucus' Naked Cowboy: Bring back House Committee on Un-American Activities", The Jersey Journal, November 11, 2010. Accessed December 25, 2011. "Anyone who has spent a moment in the presence of the Naked Cowboy in Times Square as the busker strums a guitar clad in nothing more than cowboy boots, a hat and underpants would assume he's a free-wheeling spirit. The truth is Robert John Burck, of Secaucus, swings to the right politically."
- Wright, E. Assata. "A MLB player in winter; Former Red Sox pitcher reflects on the game, past and present", Hudson Reporter, September 26, 2010. Accessed November 20, 2013. "One of six children in a tight-knit Italian family in south Brooklyn, Casale, who now lives in Secaucus, said 'there was a lot of tragedy for us.'"
- Hanc, John. "Lifting for Life: Dave Draper, a 1960s bodybuilding star is back—and touting the rewards of strength building." AARP Bulletin, October 2006. "Except the muscles: they were real. Draper had been developing those since he was 12, not on a West Coast beach but in the basement of his parents' home in Secaucus, N.J."
- Sullivan, Al. "To the top of the world and back Secaucus bodybuilding superstar comes home", Hudson Reporter, August 15, 2002. Accessed September 1, 2014. "Dave Draper hasn't been to his old neighborhood in Secaucus in a while, and he's sure he won't recognize the place where he was born and raised."
- Van Dusen, Matthew. "Charges against Secaucus mayor shock even hardened foes", The Record, July 23, 2009. Accessed July 15, 2012.
- Uschak, Roman J. "New role, new level of success for Niagara's Haczyk; After scoring 18 goals over his first three seasons, he has 27 as a senior". USCHO. February 28, 2011. Accessed November 19, 2013. "Niagara’s leading returning scorer last fall was Haczyk, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound forward who was born in Secaucus, N.J., and learned to skate in Jersey City at age 3."
- Wright, E. Assata. "The biggest loser; Secaucus native Paul Iacono plays hapless teen in MTV’s ‘Hard Times of RJ Berger’", The Hudson Reporter, June 13, 2010. Accessed July 15, 2012. "Yet despite his obvious status as a loser, RJ – played by Secaucus native Paul Iacono, 21 – is a loveable square everybody can relate to."
- Livio, Susan K.; and Graber, Trish G. "Former N.J. Assemblyman Anthony Impreveduto dies at 61", The Star-Ledger, August 6, 2009. Accessed December 25, 2011. "Anthony Impreveduto, a 61-year-old former teacher and Hudson County Assemblyman for 17 years, died today at Hackensack University Medical Center after a battle with cancer. Impreveduto was forced to resign, fined $10,000 and placed on five years' probation after pleading guilty to using campaign funds for income taxes, a daughter's wedding and sports memorabilia. He got his start in politics as a councilman in Secaucus, serving from 1981 to 1992. He got elected to the state Assembly in 1987 and served eight terms. "
- "Poor Man's Candidate", Time March 17, 1952. "Massive (6 ft., 240 lbs.) Henry B. Krajewski of Secaucus, N.J. has a five-acre farm with 4,000 pigs, a flourishing saloon ("Tammany Hall Tavern") and political ambitions."
- Axelrod, Nick. "Tilt-A-Whirl Girl: Margarita Levieva in 'Adventureland'"' Women's Wear Daily, April 2, 2009. Accessed November 20, 2013. "Though she was accepted into New York’s famed Laguardia High School to study dance, she attended public high school in Secaucus, N.J., instead."
- Rounds, Kate. "‘Skins’ flick; Secaucus native lands part on controversial teen drama", Hudson Reporter, February 20, 2011. Accessed September 1, 2014. "Blaine Morris was born with the perfect stage name and the talent to match. She grew up in Secaucus and attended Hudson County’s High Tech High School because they have a 'good musical theater program,' she said, 'and it was cool that you could have a major in high school.'"
- Zeitlinger, Ron (November 8, 2013). "Vincent Prieto, New Jersey's new Assembly Speaker, is second Cuban-American in post", The Jersey Journal. Accessed November 20, 2013. "As expected, the incoming Assembly Democratic majority yesterday morning chose Vincent Prieto of Secaucus to serve as the new Assembly Speaker."
- Maurer, Mark. "Actor Dan Resin, who died Friday at 79, was a former longtime Secaucus resident", The Jersey Journal, August 3, 2010. Accessed December 25, 2011. "Best known as Dr. Beeper in golf comedy Caddyshack and the Ty-D-Bol man in toilet cleaner commercials, actor Dan Resin, formerly of Secaucus, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Friday. He was 79."
- Sullivan, Al. "Voters' choice Five candidates vie for three seats in Board of Education election", Hudson Reporter, April 6, 2001. Accessed October 2, 2015. "Saying he wanted to give back something to the school system that had provided him with an education, Rinaldi was elected to the board in 1998. Rinaldi graduated Secaucus High School in 1983, and is among five current board members who came through the Secaucus educational system."
- Wright, E. Assata. "'Players' shoots for laughs; Secaucus native creates, stars in new sitcom", The Hudson Reporter, March 14, 2010. Accessed November 20, 2013. "'Players,' the new Spike TV sitcom co-starring and co-created by Secaucus native Ian Roberts, follows the lives of brothers Ken and Bruce Fitzgerald who own a sports bar in Phoenix, Ariz."
- Orel, Gwen. "Montclair Times Intereview: Luna Stage's 'Tar Beach'", The Montclair Times, April 16, 2015. Accessed October 2, 2015. "Dad, played by Secaucus' Bart Shatto, drinks too much and blusters, but loves his family."
- Robert John Burck (born 1970), Times Square street performer known as the Naked Cowboy.
- Jerry Casale (born 1933), former Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers.
- Dave Draper (born 1942), bodybuilder.
- Dennis Elwell (born 1945), mayor of Secaucus from 2000 until 2009, when he resigned after allegations of political corruption.
- Bryan Haczyk (born 1987), professional hockey player.
- Paul Iacono (born 1988), actor known for the 2009 film Fame, and the TV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger.(B)
- Anthony Impreveduto (1948–2009), served on the Town Council from 1981 to 1992 and in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1987-2004 until he was forced to resign after pleading guilty to corruption charges.
- Henry B. Krajewski (1912-1966), pig farmer and frequent political candidate.
- Margarita Levieva (born 1980), actress.
- Blaine Morris, cast member on the MTV drama Skins.
- Vincent Prieto (born 1960), member of the New Jersey General Assembly since 2004 who was chosen as Assembly Speaker for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session.
- Dan Resin (1931–2010), actor known as Dr. Beeper in the film Caddyshack and as the Ty-D-Bol man in toilet cleaner commercials.
- Anthony T. Rinaldi (born 1965), engineer, builder and businessman constructing and developing high-rise rental and condominium towers and hotels and large commercial projects.
- Ian Roberts (born 1965), founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe.
- Bart Shatto, actor.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Secaucus include the following:(B) denotes that the person was born there.
WWOR-TV, channel 9, is a television station licensed to Secaucus, serving the New York metro area television market as the flagship station of the MyNetworkTV programming service. Its studios and main offices are located in Secaucus. The 1987 - 89 talk show The Morton Downey, Jr. Show was among the WWOR-TV programs filmed in Secaucus.
Secaucus is located within the New York media market, with most of its daily papers available for sale or delivery. Local, county and regional news is covered by The Jersey Journal, the daily newspaper that relocated its offices to Secaucus in 2014 from Jersey City's Journal Square, an area of the city that was named for the newspaper that operated there for 90 years. The Secaucus Reporter is part of the Hudson Reporter group of local weeklies. Locally, the town is served by the Secaucus Home News, a weekly newspaper established in 1910. Other weeklies, the River View Observer and El Especialito, also cover local news.
In the first half of the 20th century the Jersey City, Hoboken and Rutherford Electric Railway operated a trolley line through the then main business district of Secaucus, on Paterson Plank Road from Jersey City and across the Hackensack River to East Rutherford.
Numerous New Jersey Transit bus operations serve Secaucus, including the 124, 129, 190 and 320 buses to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, the 78 bus to Newark, the 2 and 85 routes to Jersey City and local service provided on the 772 route. There is a bus park-and-ride at the northeast corner of Secaucus.
Secaucus is the site of New Jersey Transit's Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction train station. As the station is in the south end of Secaucus, access from the rest of Secaucus is limited via County Avenue, Meadowlands Parkway or NJ Turnpike Interchange 15X. The station opened in December 2003, with a 1,100-spot parking lot that allows commuters to park and ride added in June 2009. Discount curbside intercity bus service is also provided outside the station by Megabus, with direct service to Boston and Philadelphia, among other locations.
As of May 2010, the town had a total of 47.16 miles (75.90 km) of roadways, of which 38.08 miles (61.28 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.56 miles (4.12 km) by Hudson County and 1.75 miles (2.82 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 4.77 miles (7.68 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
The town is divided into four by the intersecting roads of Route 3, which runs east and west, and the eastern spur of the New Jersey Turnpike (part of Interstate 95), which runs north-south, with an interchange (16E/17) at NJ Route 3 and interchange 15X, near the Secaucus Junction station, which opened in late 2005.
Roads and highways
Secaucus contains a wide variety of road and rail transportation. Because of its central location, many shipping warehouses and truck freight transfer stations are located in Secaucus, both for shipping companies such as UPS and for numerous retailers. For example, Barnes & Noble's "same day delivery" service to Manhattan operates from a warehouse in Secaucus. The town also has a large rail yard and multimode terminal run by CSX and Norfolk Southern where loads are switched between trains or transferred to or from trucks.
The Nicholas G. Hayek Watchmaking School, established in 2005, offers a two-year training program that prepares students to service watches.
Students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade are educated by the Secaucus Public Schools. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's four schools had an enrollment of 2,156 students and 148.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.55:1. The schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Clarendon Elementary School (grades K-6; 610 students), Huber Street Elementary School (preK-6; 654), Secaucus Middle School (7-8; 309) and Secaucus High School (9-12; 583). The athletic teams of Secaucus High School are nicknamed the "Patriots."
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 54.5% of the vote (2,214 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 42.8% (1,738 votes), and other candidates with 2.7% (108 votes), among the 4,376 ballots cast by the town's 10,966 registered voters (316 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 39.9%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 50.7% of the vote here (2,959 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 35.9% (2,096 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.4% (315 votes) and other candidates with 2.3% (132 votes), among the 5,833 ballots cast by the town's 10,158 registered voters, yielding a 57.4% turnout.
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According to the Hudson Reporter, Secaucus is "arguably Hudson County's most conservative town." As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 10,298 registered voters in Secaucus, of which 5,886 (57.2%) were registered as Democrats, 876 (8.5%) were registered as Republicans and 3,531 (34.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties.
Parts of the town are in Hudson County's 8th and 9th freeholder districts. Freeholder District 8, comprising North Bergen, the North End of Secaucus and northernmost tip of Jersey City near Transfer Station. is represented by Thomas Liggio. Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders District 9, comprising the West Hudson towns of Kearny, Harrison, and East Newark and most of Secaucus, is represented by Albert Cifelli. The Hudson County Executive, elected at-large, is Thomas A. DeGise.
The 32nd District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Sacco (D, North Bergen) and in the General Assembly by Angelica M. Jimenez (D, West New York) and Vincent Prieto (D, Secaucus). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
Secaucus is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 32nd state legislative district.
Federal, state and county representation
The town of Secaucus is served around the clock by five volunteer fire companies that make up the Secaucus Fire Department, which operate a combined fire apparatus fleet of five Engines, two Trucks, one Rescue, one Squad (Utility Unit) and one boat out of five fire stations located throughout the town.
Richard Steffens was chosen unanimously by the council in August 2009 to step in as mayor to finish the term of Dennis Elwell who resigned amid corruption charges on July 28, 2009, and was later convicted. Steffens won a full four-year term in November 2009.
As of 2015, the Mayor of Secaucus is Independent Michael Gonnelli, whose term of office ends December 31, 2017. Members of the Town Council are James Clancy (I, 2018; Ward 2), Robert Constantino (I, 2017; Ward 1), Mark Dehnert (I 2017; Ward 2), Gary Jeffas (I, 2018; Ward 1), William McKeever (I, 2017; Ward 3) and Susan Pirro (I, 2018; Ward 3).
Secaucus is governed under the Town form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Town Council made up of six council members elected from three wards. A Mayor is elected at-large directly by the voters. The Town Council consists of six members elected to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with three seats up at the same time as the mayor and three seats the following year, followed by two years with no elections.
Secaucus held a pre-Super Bowl "Winter Blast" party during the first weekend of February 2014 to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII being played in New Jersey. The party featured a number of activities, including an ice skating rink. The town had planned for large crowds, even planning special court sessions in advance to handle the projected surge of potentially disruptive visitors. The turnout was much lower than expected, with Mayor Gonnelli citing the NFL's focus on activities in Manhattan aimed at visitors.
Sports companies headquartered in Secaucus include Red Bull New York, Major League Baseball's MLB Network, and NBA Entertainment/NBA TV (whose studios are also the site of the NBA Draft Lottery). It is also home to men's soccer team Secaucus FC, which is part of the Garden State Soccer League, and was founded in 2003 by Nick Farinola.
As of the 2014–15 NBA season, Secaucus became the official review headquarters of the National Basketball Association. All reviews of controversial calls and plays take place in the replay center. Referees consult the headquarters for guidance on the correct call. The high-tech center features over 94 HD televisions, with multiple feeds of every live NBA game.
 The company also cited the environmental benefits possible by reducing the need of 1,000 employees to drive to work.