Dumont, New Jersey
|Dumont, New Jersey|
|Borough of Dumont|
Map highlighting Dumont's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Dumont, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||July 20, 1894|
|Named for||Dumont Clarke|
|• Mayor||James J. Kelly (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||John P. Perkins|
|• Clerk||Susan Connelly|
|• Total||1.986 sq mi (5.143 km2)|
|• Land||1.983 sq mi (5.136 km2)|
|• Water||0.003 sq mi (0.007 km2) 0.14%|
|Area rank||413th of 566 in state
50th of 70 in county
|Elevation||98 ft (30 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||17,757|
|• Rank||146th of 566 in state
17th of 70 in county
|• Density||8,814.7/sq mi (3,403.4/km2)|
|• Density rank||41st of 566 in state
12th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885197|
Dumont is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 17,479, reflecting a decrease of 24 (-0.1%) from the 17,503 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 316 (+1.8%) from the 17,187 counted in the 1990 Census.
The borough was originally formed on July 20, 1894, as the Borough of Schraalenburgh from portions of Harrington Township and Palisades Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. 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. On June 13, 1898, the borough's name was changed to Dumont in honor of Dumont Clarke, the borough's first mayor.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Government
- 4 Education
- 5 Recreation and sports
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Notable people
- 8 References
- 9 Sources
- 10 External links
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.986 square miles (5.143 km2), of which, 1.983 square miles (5.136 km2) of it was land and 0.003 square miles (0.007 km2) of it (0.14%) was water.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,479 people, 6,364 households, and 4,678 families residing in the borough. The population density was 8,814.7 per square mile (3,403.4/km2). There were 6,542 housing units at an average density of 3,299.2 per square mile (1,273.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 75.91% (13,268) White, 2.55% (445) Black or African American, 0.18% (32) Native American, 14.99% (2,620) Asian, 0.02% (3) Pacific Islander, 4.06% (709) from other races, and 2.30% (402) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 14.76% (2,580) of the population.
There were 6,364 households, of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the borough, 22.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $82,286 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,515) and the median family income was $93,125 (+/- $6,828). Males had a median income of $62,065 (+/- $8,065) versus $45,965 (+/- $4,364) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,518 (+/- $1,909). About 2.5% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 17,503 people, 6,370 households, and 4,758 families residing in the borough. The population density was 8,812.6 people per square mile (3,396.0/km2). There were 6,465 housing units at an average density of 3,255.1 per square mile (1,254.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 83.77% White, 1.49% African American, 0.10% Native American, 10.96% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.94% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.36% of the population.
There were 6,370 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $65,490, and the median income for a family was $73,880. Males had a median income of $47,402 versus $35,331 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,489. About 2.0% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.
Dumont 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 Dumont, 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 2014[update], the Mayor of the Borough of Dumont is Republican James J. Kelly, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Dumont Borough Council are Council President Ellen Zamechansky (D, 2016), William Brophy (R, 2014), Carl Manna (D, 2015; serving an unexpired term), Barbara Correa (D, 2016), Matthew Hayes (R, 2014) and Rafael Riquelme (D, 2015).
In May 2014, Carl Manna was selected by the borough council to fill the vacant seat of Matthew M. Carrick, who had resigned a month earlier.
Federal, state and county representation
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; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).
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 Bob Schroeder (R, Washington Township, Bergen County). 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. The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014). 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. As of 2014[update], Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn), Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee), Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2016; River Edge), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; Franklin Lakes), Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) James J. Tedesco, III (D, 2015; Paramus) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale), Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill)
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 10,526 registered voters in Dumont, of which 2,997 (28.5% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,862 (17.7% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 5,659 (53.8% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 60.2% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 77.7% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 4,407 votes here (54.7% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 3,465 votes (43.0% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 112 votes (1.4% vs. 0.9%), among the 8,050 ballots cast by the borough's 11,108 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.5% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 4,497 votes here (52.3% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 3,948 votes (46.0% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 72 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 8,591 ballots cast by the borough's 10,871 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.0% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 4,122 votes here (49.7% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 4,077 votes (49.2% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 58 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 8,286 ballots cast by the borough's 10,345 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.1% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,518 votes here (47.9% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 2,343 votes (44.6% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 320 votes (6.1% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 24 votes (0.5% vs. 0.5%), among the 5,256 ballots cast by the borough's 10,589 registered voters, yielding a 49.6% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Dumont Police Department operates out of the Borough Hall and protect and serves the community around the clock. The police department also includes volunteer reserve officers. The department's Chief of Police is Joseph L. Faulborn, Jr.
The fire department is manned by approximately 80 volunteer firefighters located at four different fire houses throughout the borough. The DFD is equipped with eight pieces of apparatus (four engines, one ladder, one rescue, one squad, and a utility truck)
- Squad Co. 1 / Engine Co. 1 which is located on Madison Avenue
- Truck Co. 2 / Squad Co. 2 which is located on Prospect Avenue
- Engine Co. 3 / Rescue Co. 3 which is located on Rucereto Avenue
- Independent Hose Co. (Engine 4 / Engine 5) which is located on Veterans Plaza
The Dumont Fire Department responds to about 400 calls per year, including mutual aid to neighboring municipalities such as Tenafly, Bergenfield, Cresskill, New Milford, Oradell, River Edge and Haworth, when needed.
The Dumont Volunteer Ambulance Corps is located at 108 Brook Street. The corps has approximately 30 active members and renders aid with two ambulances Units 28 & 29, as well as a support vehicle (Ford Explorer) Unit 281. DVAC responds to roughly 1,400 requests for aid per year.
The Dumont Public Schools serve students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's five schools had an enrollment of 2,689 students and 203.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.21:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Grant School (K-5) with 382 students, Honiss School (K-8) with 688 students, Lincoln School (K-5) with 207 students, Selzer School (PreK-8) with 537 students and Dumont High School (9-12) with 875 students.
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.
Newbury Academy is a private alternative high school for students in grades 9-12 that was founded in Teaneck in 2001 and moved to Dumont in 2003. As of September 2008, Newbury Academy has become a virtual school with all classes being conducted online, with teachers making weekly visits to students' homes.
Recreation and sports
Dumont has two major parks in the borough. Memorial Park is located on the east side of Dumont. It is made up of five ball parks, one tennis court, a basketball court, and a pavilion. The park is used throughout the year mostly for Little League and Dumont High School Baseball. During the summer Memorial Park is used for the Dumont Summer Recreation Program. The other park in Dumont is Twin Boro Field, located on the opposite side of the borough. Twin Boro is a huge field which is used for recreational football and soccer. There is also a softball field that is used for the Dumont Men's Softball League. Right next to Twin Boro is Gina's Field which consists of two girls softball fields and a playground. To the right of Twin Boro Field is the Dumont Swim Club. The Swim Club's parking lot doubles as a roller hockey rink for Dumont's Hockey League. Memorial Park and Twin Boro Fields are two of the largest parks in Dumont.
Dumont recreational sports consist of Dumont Little League, Dumont Girls Softball, Dumont Football, Dumont Soccer, Dumont Basketball, Dumont Roller Hockey, Dumont Swim Team.
Some annual events conducted n the borough include Dumont Day, held in early September, Octoberfest, held in early October, The Dumont Winter Festival, held in December and an annual Memorial Day Parade and celebration held in May.
Roads and highways
Main roads in Dumont include Madison Avenue and Washington Avenue.
The New Jersey Transit 166 and 167 bus routes provides service between the borough and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 186 serves the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal; and local service is available on the 753 and 772 routes.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Dumont include:
- Harvey A. Allen (1818-1882), United States Army officer, Commander of the Department of Alaska 1871-1873.
- Joe Azelby (born 1962), professional football player who played for the Buffalo Bills, businessman and author.
- Joe Ferriero (born 1957), former Bergen County Democratic Party boss who had been elected to the Dumont Borough Council as a 20-year-old in 1977.
- Olivia Goldsmith (born Randy Goldfield, 1949–2004), author of the novel The First Wives Club.
- Michale Graves (born 1975), former singer of The Misfits
- John "Beatz" Holohan (born 1974), drummer for the band Bayside.
- Tim Jeffs (born 1965), former guitar player of the band White Zombie.
- Richard Kuklinski (1935–2006), Mafia contract killer who claimed to have killed between 33 and 200 people.
- Sean Lissemore (born 1987), defensive end for the San Diego Chargers.
- Eddie Miller (1895-1965), race car driver who finished fourth at the 1921 Indianapolis 500.
- Bob Papa (born 1964), play-by-play voice for the New York Giants.
- Bob Price (born 1955), former head coach of the Montreal Alouettes, now tight end coach and recruiting coordinator for the Virginia Cavaliers.
- Geoff Rickly (born 1979), lead singer of the band Thursday.
- Jacob Westervelt (1794-1881), served as New York City Sheriff from 1831 to 1834.
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- Sampson, Peter J. "Former Bergen County Democratic leader Joseph Ferriero indicted in racketeering scheme", The Record (Bergen County), September 11, 2013. Accessed December 4, 2013. "1977: At age 20, elected to the Dumont Borough Council."
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- "'70s punk band fits pieces back together.", The Star-Ledger, May 6, 1996, p. 43. "Nearly everything the group played was written by its departed singer-songwriter, Glenn Danzig, now the frontman for Danzig. The group's new lead singer, Michale Graves of Dumont, is an athletic young man whose gritty voice is more typical for punk than Danzig's remarkably resonant, theatrical baritone."
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