Little Ferry, New Jersey
|Little Ferry, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||September 18, 1894|
|• Mayor||Mauro D. Raguseo (D, term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Michael Capabianco|
|• Clerk||Barbara Maldonado|
|• Total||1.703 sq mi (4.409 km2)|
|• Land||1.476 sq mi (3.822 km2)|
|• Water||0.227 sq mi (0.587 km2) 13.31%|
|Area rank||431st of 566 in state
54th of 70 in county
|Elevation||3 ft (0.9 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||230th of 566 in state
34th of 70 in county
|• Density||7,200.1/sq mi (2,780.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||57th of 566 in state
17th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885281|
Little Ferry is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 10,626, reflecting a decline of 174 (-1.6%) from the 10,800 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 811 (+8.1%) from the 9,989 counted in the 1990 Census.
Little Ferry is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.703 square miles (4.409 km2), of which, 1.476 square miles (3.822 km2) of it is land and 0.227 square miles (0.587 km2) of it (13.31%) is water.(40.844332,-74.036164). According to the
Little Ferry was formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 18, 1894, from portions of Lodi Township and New Barbadoes Township, at the height of the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.
During the colonial era, the town was the site of an important ferry crossing between the region's towns at Bergen and Hackensack, which was operated by rope on the site starting in 1659, continuing until 1826 when it was replaced by a bridge on the Bergen Turnpike.
1900-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,626 people, 4,239 households, and 2,730 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,200.1 inhabitants per square mile (2,780.0 /km2). There were 4,439 housing units at an average density of 3,007.8 per square mile (1,161.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 60.78% (6,458) White, 3.94% (419) Black or African American, 0.30% (32) Native American, 24.24% (2,576) Asian, 0.04% (4) Pacific Islander, 7.05% (749) from other races, and 3.65% (388) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.98% (2,442) of the population.
There were 4,239 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the borough the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $57,276 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,389) and the median family income was $74,000 (+/- $10,299). Males had a median income of $52,898 (+/- $3,123) versus $40,934 (+/- $3,050) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,257 (+/- $2,542). About 4.8% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,800 people, 4,366 households, and 2,785 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,075.2 people per square mile (2,725.4/km2). There were 4,449 housing units at an average density of 2,914.6 per square mile (1,122.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 68.76% White, 4.71% African American, 0.15% Native American, 17.10% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 5.75% from other races, and 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.19% of the population.
There were 4,366 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 36.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $49,958, and the median income for a family was $59,176. Males had a median income of $42,059 versus $34,286 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,210. About 5.9% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Little Ferry is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes to break a tie. 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.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of Little Ferry is Mauro D. Raguseo (D, term of office ends December 31, 2015). Members of the Borough Council are Council President George Muller (D, 2012), Ronald Anzalone (D, 2012), Roberta Henriquez (D, 2015), Thomas Sarlo (D, 2013), Sue Schuck (D, 2013) and Peggy Steinhilber (D, 2014).
In the 2011 election, Mauro Raguseo was re-elected, defeating Republican Bernard Sobolewski, while council incumbents Roberta Henriquez and Peggy Steinhilber earned new terms in office, fending off Republican challengers Eileen De Leeuw and Stephen Lanum. In the 2010 general election, incumbents Thomas Sarlo and Sue Schuck were re-elected to three-year terms of office, knocking off Republican challengers Foster Lowe and Claudia Zilocchi.
Federal, state and county representation
Little Ferry 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, Little Ferry had been in the 38th 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 Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen). Following the death of Frank Lautenberg on June 3, 2013, Governor Chris Christie named New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (R, Branchburg) to fill the vacant seat on an interim basis from June 10 until an October special election is held to fill the balance of Lautenberg's term.
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. 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 2013[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, 2013; River Edge), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes), John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park), Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale).
As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 4,558 registered voters. Of registered voters, 1,464 (32.1% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 631 (13.8%) were registered as Republicans and 2,461 (54.0%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were two voters registered to another party.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 58.3% of the vote here (2,074 ballots cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received 40.5% of the vote (1,439 votes), with 78.4% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John F. Kerry received 54.9% of the vote here (2,064 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush, who received 43.8% of the vote (1,645 votes), with 3,759 of the borough's 5,335 registered voters participating, for turnout of 70.5%.
The Little Ferry Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Washington / Memorial Elementary (grades PreK-4; 205 students) and Memorial Middle School (grades 5-8; 755 students).
Since Little Ferry does not have its own high school, for grades 9-12, public school students attend Ridgefield Park High School, in Ridgefield Park only a couple of minutes away, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Ridgefield Park Public Schools that has been in place since 1953.
The Little Ferry Circle connects U.S. Route 46 and Bergen Turnpike. The circle was originally constructed in 1933 in conjunction with the nearby Route 46 Hackensack River Bridge, which crosses the river to Ridgefield Park and beyond to the George Washington Bridge.The circle was largely reconstructed in 1985, allowing vehicles traveling on Route 46 to pass directly through the circle. The circle has been a constant site of accidents, with 40-50 accidents per year at the circle each year from 2004 through 2006. In March 2007, the New Jersey Department of Transportation proposed its latest plan to address issues at the circle. The plan would realign the circle into a straight intersection, complete with turning lanes; prohibit left turns onto many residential streets; and would include construction of a pump station to move water off the oft-flooded highway and into the Hackensack River.
The Little Ferry Seaplane Base (FAA LID: 2N7) is a public-use seaplane base located 1-mile (1.6 km) east of the borough's central business district, on the Hackensack River. The base is privately owned.
Notable current and former residents of Little Ferry include:
- Oscar Gamble (born 1949), former outfielder / designated hitter who played for the New York Yankees.
- Bill Lovett (1894-1923), gangster.
- Buddy Valastro (born 1977), star of Cake Boss, who was presented with the "keys to the city" of Little Ferry in 2010.
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- King, Wayne. "Our Towns; It's the Last Call At Rosie's Diner, And on the Road", The New York Times, January 12, 1990. Accessed June 7, 2012. "Rosie's Farmland Diner on Route 46 in Little Ferry may be the best-known diner in America, but it is still a real diner.... It was called the Silver Dollar then, but Ralph Carrado changed it to Rosie's around 1970, after it became famous.That was because of the Bounty paper-towel commercials on television. Nancy Walker played Rosie, who mopped up all sorts of diner spills with paper towels she called the quicker picker-upper. After two decades, she is still doing it."
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- Agarwal, Karthik. "Sarlo, Schuck hold off challengers", Little Ferry Local, November 12, 2010. Accessed February 20, 2011. "On Nov. 2, the Democrats defeated the Republicans to maintain possession of two three-year seats on the Borough Council. Democratic incumbents Thomas Sarlo and Sue Schuck received 1,061 and 1,022 votes, respectively, while Republican opponents Claudia Zilocchi and Foster Lowe received 946 and 912 votes, respectively. As a result of the election, the Council will remain composed entirely of Democrats."
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- James, George. "School Districts' Battle On Tuition Goes to Court", The New York Times, December 16, 1989. Accessed June 7, 2012. "School officials in the borough, Little Ferry, which sends 202 students to the 546-student high school, say a partial audit several years ago raised suspicions that Ridgefield Park has overcharged them by hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years... Little Ferry, a borough of 1.5 square miles and 9,900 people, has sent its high school students to this neighboring 1.92-square mile village of 12,000 people, since 1953."
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- Staff. "FATE PURSUES GIRL OF SLUM: Anna Lonergan's Hopes Fade Before Ill Luck Widow of Gangster, She Marries Another Dead Man's Friends Avenge Slight With Blood", Los Angeles Times, September 3, 1924. Accessed June 7, 2012. "Anna and her tired mother and her liability of a husband moved into a cottage at Little Ferry, N.J. Here Bill worked in the garden and grew better and they were happy."
- Staff. "The Cake Boss returns to Little Ferry", Little Ferry Local, May 7, 2010. Accessed August 22, 2012. "Cake Boss Buddy Valastro returned to Little Ferry on April 27 to accept the 'keys to the city' during ceremonies at Borough Hall. Valastro, who grew up in town, is best known for his starring role on the TLC television program The Cake Boss.'"
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