Gerald Calabrese

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Gerald Calabrese
No. 12, 9, 13
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1925-02-04) February 4, 1925 (age 90)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Cliffside Park
(Cliffside Park, New Jersey)
College St. John's (1946–1950)
NBA draft 1950 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Syracuse Nationals
Pro career 1951–1952
Career history
19511952 Syracuse Nationals
Career NBA statistics
Points 492 (4.7 ppg)
Rebounds 149 (1.4 rpg)
Assists 148 (1.4 apg)
Stats at

Gerald A. Calabrese (born February 4, 1925) is an American Democratic Party politician, who is the long-time Mayor of Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Calabrese played in the NBA for two seasons with the Syracuse Nationals.


Mayor Calabrese is a graduate of Cliffside Park High School where he led the school's team to the state basketball championship.[1] After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he attended St. John's University where he was chosen for All-American honors. He went on to a professional basketball career with the Syracuse Nationals, predecessor to today's Philadelphia 76ers.

Mayor Calabrese was elected to the Cliffside Park Borough Council in 1955, and then became mayor in 1959. Since his reelection as mayor in 1965, he has served continuously as the Borough's chief executive. Mayor Calabrese was elected to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1975, 1978 and 1982, and was Freeholder Director in 1984. From 1960 until January 1991, Calabrese was employed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, retiring as the director of water and sewage. He has also served as Chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization for multiple years.

As of 2008, Calabrese is the longest serving Mayor in the State of New Jersey.[2] He secures hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes millions, every year for the Borough of Cliffside Park.


  1. ^ TRIBUTE TO GERALD CALABRESE -- HON. ROBERT G. TORRICELLI, United States House of Representatives, March 13, 1991. Accessed June 2, 2007. "I have known Gerry Calabrese for many years. He has been a leader in Cliffside Park, NJ since he led Cliffside Park High School to a State basketball championship."
  2. ^ Sampson, Peter J. "A father to the town' -- Cliffside Park's Calabrese is longest-serving mayor in N.J.", The Record (Bergen County), January 18, 2004. Accessed May 20, 2008.

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