Ridgefield Park, New Jersey





Ridgefield Park is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. as of the 2010 United States Census, the village's population was 12,729, reflecting a decline of 144 (-1.1%) from the 12,873 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 419 (+3.4%) from the 12,454 counted in the 1990 Census. Of 565 municipalities statewide, Ridgefield Park is one of only four with a village type of government in New Jersey, though it operates a Walsh Act (City Commission) form of government. Of the four New Jersey villages, only Loch Arbour had retained the village form of government, while Ridgewood operates under the Council-Manager form and the Township of South Orange Village operates under a Special Charter form with many characteristics of village government.

Ridgefield Park was formed as a village on June 15, 1892, within Ridgefield Township, based on the results of a referendum passed on June 6, 1892. Overpeck Township was formed on March 23, 1897, to be coextensive with Ridgefield Park village, and was created within Ridgefield Township for the purpose of administering a Board of Education. Portions of the village were taken gained in both 1921 and 1926 from Bogota and Teaneck. On May 31, 1938, Ridgefield Township became Ridgefield Park Township.

The village's Fourth of July Parade, first established in 1894, is said to be the longest continuously celebrated such event in New Jersey and one of the oldest in the country. The village eliminated its July 4 fireworks in 2009, citing the $50,000 cost in the face of the difficult economy, but committed to retain its parade.

Geography



Ridgefield Park is located at 40°51′17″N 74°01′12″W (40.854705,-74.019926). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 1.919 square miles (4.971 km2), of which, 1.723 square miles (4.464 km2) of it was land and 0.196 square miles (0.507 km2) of it (10.19%) was water.

The village borders Bogota, Hackensack, Leonia, Little Ferry, Palisades Park, Ridgefield and Teaneck.

West View is an unincorporated community located within Ridgefield Park.

Demographics



2010 Census

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,729 people, 4,851 households, and 3,274 families residing in the village. The population density was 7,385.6 per square mile (2,851.6/km2). There were 5,164 housing units at an average density of 2,996.2 per square mile (1,156.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 66.09% (8,413) White, 6.40% (815) Black or African American, 0.35% (44) Native American, 11.48% (1,461) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 11.93% (1,519) from other races, and 3.74% (476) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 36.18% (4,605) of the population.

There were 4,851 households, of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% 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 3.25.

In the village, 21.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $60,656 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,846) and the median family income was $83,189 (+/- $13,092). Males had a median income of $51,781 (+/- $2,949) versus $47,714 (+/- $8,394) for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,893 (+/- $2,038). About 3.1% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 34 households in 2010, an increase from the 21 counted in 2000.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 12,873 people, 5,012 households, and 3,242 families residing in the village. The population density was 7,435.7 people per square mile (2,873.0/km2). There were 5,134 housing units at an average density of 1, 145.8/km2 (2,965.5/sq mi). The racial makeup of the village was 78.20% White, 4.10% African American, 0.22% Native American, 7.85% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.50% from other races, and 3.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.24% of the population.

There were 5,012 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $51,825, and the median income for a family was $62,414. Males had a median income of $44,507 versus $35,217 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,290. About 4.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government



Local government

Ridgefield Park has been governed under the Walsh Act since 1912. The Board of Commissioners consists of five members, elected at-large in non-partisan elections to serve four-year terms on a concurrent basis. The commissioners elect one commissioner as mayor, however the mayor is only responsible for his or her departments and serves as the chair of the commission.

As of 2015, the members of the Ridgefield Park Board of Commissioners are Mayor George D. Fosdick (Commissioner of Public Safety), John H. Anlian (Commissioner of Public Affairs), Maggie Boyd (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance), Adam MacNeill (Commissioner of Parks and Public Property) and Hugo R. Poli (Commissioner of Public Works), all serving concurrent terms of office ending in May 2016.

In elections held on May 13, 2008, the four incumbents running for re-electionâ€"George D. Fosdick (1,210 votes), Maggie Boyd (1,142), John H. Anlian (1,063) and Hugo R. Poli (1,006)â€"all won new terms in office. Challenger Adam MacNeill received 1,037 votes to win the seat vacated by Joseph Storer, with Frank Scerbo (653) and Junior Hernandez (458) falling short. The five incumbents won re-election in the May 8, 2012, municipal election, with Fosdick again chosen as mayor.

Federal, state and county representation

Ridgefield Park is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 36th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Ridgefield Park had been in the 37th state legislative district.

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).

The 36th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Paul Sarlo (D, Wood-Ridge) and in the General Assembly by Marlene Caride (D, Ridgefield) and Gary Schaer (D, Passaic). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).

Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. As of 2015, the County Executive is James J. Tedesco III (D, Paramus; term ends December 31, 2018). The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January. Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2017; Fort Lee), Vice Chairman Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2016; River Edge), David L. Ganz (D, 2017; Fair Lawn), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; Franklin Lakes) Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, 2015; serving the unexpired term of office that had been occupied by James Tedesco before he was sworn in as County Executive) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes), with one vacant seat expiring in 2015 that had been occupied by James Tedesco before he was sworn in as County Executive. Countywide constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale), Sheriff Michael Saudino (R) and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill).

Politics

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 6,593 registered voters in Ridgefield Park, of which 2,249 (34.1% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 957 (14.5% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,382 (51.3% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties. Among the village's 2010 Census population, 51.8% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 66.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,162 votes here (66.3% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,508 votes (31.6% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 45 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,768 ballots cast by the village's 7,035 registered voters, for a turnout of 67.8% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,256 votes here (61.6% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,932 votes (36.5% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 47 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 5,288 ballots cast by the village's 6,980 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.8% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,681 votes here (55.4% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 2,104 votes (43.5% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 31 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 4,835 ballots cast by the village's 6,575 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 55.6% of the vote (1,473 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 43.0% (1,138 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (36 votes), among the 2,686 ballots cast by the village's 6,694 registered voters (39 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 40.1%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 1,657 ballots cast (53.7% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,223 votes (39.6% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 166 votes (5.4% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 11 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 3,085 ballots cast by the village's 6,753 registered voters, yielding a 45.7% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).

Education



The Ridgefield Park Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's four schools had an enrollment of 2,247 students and 174.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentâ€"teacher ratio of 12.85:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are three K-6 elementary schools â€" Grant Elementary School (226 students), Lincoln Elementary School (375) and Roosevelt Elementary School (422) â€" and Ridgefield Park High School for grades 7-12 (1,224). Students from Little Ferry attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Little Ferry Public Schools that has been in place since 1953.

The district is one of the small number in the state with schools recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in consecutive years, with Grant Elementary School earning the designation in 2010 and Lincoln Elementary School being honored in 2011.

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.

Transportation



Roads and highways

As of 2014, the village had a total of 29.04 miles (46.74 km) of roadways, of which 21.64 miles (34.83 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.38 miles (7.05 km) by Bergen County and 1.36 miles (2.19 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.66 miles (2.67 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Interstate 80, Interstate 95 (the New Jersey Turnpike), and U.S. Route 46 pass through Ridgefield Park.

The historic Route 46 Hackensack River Bridge crosses the river to Little Ferry. The double-leaf bascule bridge was constructed in 1934 and extends for 1,549 feet (472 m), with the draw bridge at the center of the span.

Public transportation

New Jersey Transit bus routes 155, 157, 161, 165, 167 and 168 provide service between Ridgefield Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, and the 83 route provides service to Hackensack and the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City.

Corporate residents



Samsung Electronics America headquarters is in Ridgefield Park.

Notable people



People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Ridgefield Park include:

  • Joan M. Clark (born 1922), former United States Ambassador to Malta.
  • Jimmy Gnecco (born 1973), musician from the band Ours.
  • John Huchra (1948â€"2010), astronomer.
  • Capt. Robert A. Lewis (c. 1918â€"1983), co-pilot of the Enola Gay.
  • George Lowe (1895-1981), relief pitcher who appeared in a single game for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1920 season.
  • Ozzie Nelson (1906â€"1975), actor.
  • Gregory Olsen (born 1945), entrepreneur, engineer and scientist who, in October 2005, became the third private citizen to make a self-funded trip to the International Space Station.
  • Hatch Rosdahl (1941-2004), football player who played for the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.
  • George Warrington (1952â€"2007), served as executive director of New Jersey Transit.

References



Sources



  • Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.
  • Clayton, W. Woodford; and Nelson, William. History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men., Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1882.
  • Harvey, Cornelius Burnham (ed.), Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Co., 1900.
  • Van Valen, James M. History of Bergen County, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Co., 1900.
  • Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1923.

External links



  • Ridgefield Park official website
  • Ridgefield Park Public Schools
  • Ridgefield Park Public Schools's 2012â€"13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
  • Data for the Ridgefield Park Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
  • Rialto Theater
  • Ridgefield Park 1685-1985 (PDF). Ridgefield. 1985. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 


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