Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
|Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey|
|Borough of Woodcliff Lake|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||August 31, 1894 as Woodcliff|
|Name Changed||March 1, 1910 to Woodcliff Lake|
|• Mayor||Jeffrey R. Goldsmith (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Thomas Richards|
|• Clerk||Debbie Dakin (Acting)|
|• Total||3.606 sq mi (9.339 km2)|
|• Land||3.405 sq mi (8.819 km2)|
|• Water||0.201 sq mi (0.519 km2) 5.56%|
|Area rank||492nd of 566 in state
63rd of 70 in county
|Elevation||230 ft (70 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||5,827|
|• Rank||358th of 566 in state
56th of 70 in county
|• Density||1,682.7/sq mi (649.7/km2)|
|• Density rank||314th of 566 in state
60th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885449|
Woodcliff Lake is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the borough's population was 5,730, reflecting a decline of 15 (-0.3%) from the 5,745 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 442 (+8.3%) from the 5,303 counted in the 1990 Census. The borough is an upscale New York City suburb with most houses on lots of at least 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2).
The borough was the world headquarters of Ingersoll Rand until they moved in 2004 and its property was taken over by the North American headquarters of BMW. The borough is also the corporate headquarters of Perillo Tours, which consists of an elaborate Italian revival where Richard Nixon had an office after his Presidency.
The borough was originally incorporated as the Borough of Woodcliff, on August 31, 1894, from parts of Orvil Township and Washington Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. 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 March 1, 1910, after the creation of the reservoir, the name of the borough was changed to Woodcliff Lake, to match the name of the post office. Prior to the creation of ZIP codes as a way to uniquely identify addresses, United States Postal Service policy was that two post offices in a state could not have the same name, and there was already a "Woodcliff" in Hudson County. On January 1, 1956, and again on July 1, 1958, Woodcliff Lake exchanged sections of land with Park Ridge. On October 13, 1960, portions were exchanged with Hillsdale.
Woodcliff Lake has many historic houses and buildings, some dating from the 18th century. The best example of this is probably the Wortendyke Barn, a colonial-era barn and all its implements that has been preserved as a Bergen County Historic Site. Many other old buildings are also present, but are likely to have been modified through the years. The borough has seen intense development over the past 50 years, as virtually all areas available for construction have been developed.
Woodcliff Lake is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 3.606 square miles (9.339 km2), of which, 3.405 square miles (8.819 km2) of it is land and 0.201 square miles (0.519 km2) of it (5.56%) is water.(41.025977,-74.061061). According to the
The borough is bordered by Montvale, Park Ridge, Hillsdale, Saddle River, and small portions of Upper Saddle River and River Vale. The Garden State Parkway runs through the town and may be entered, southbound, or exited from, northbound, at exit 171. Due to the fact that not all movements are possible at that exit, exits 168 in Washington Township and 172 in Montvale are also used to access the borough. Woodcliff Lake is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Manhattan.
|Population sources: 1900-1920
1900-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,730 people, 1,916 households, and 1,600 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,682.7 inhabitants per square mile (649.7 /km2). There were 1,980 housing units at an average density of 581.5 per square mile (224.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.30% (5,174) White, 0.82% (47) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 6.47% (371) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.20% (69) from other races, and 1.20% (69) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.41% (310) of the population.
There were 1,916 households of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.4% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the borough, 27.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 17.1% from 25 to 44, 33.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.8 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $150,404 (with a margin of error of +/- $25,298) and the median family income was $172,019 (+/- $32,763). Males had a median income of $105,045 (+/- $11,151) versus $65,119 (+/- $22,660) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $62,925 (+/- $7,887). About 1.1% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 5,745 people, 1,824 households, and 1,605 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,725.3 people per square mile (666.1/km2). There were 1,842 housing units at an average density of 553.2 per square mile (213.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.84% White, 0.87% African American, 0.03% Native American, 4.47% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 2.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,824 households out of which 47.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.2% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.0% were non-families. 10.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the borough the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $123,022, and the median income for a family was $133,925. Males had a median income of $90,000 versus $45,150 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $53,461. 1.5% of the population and 0.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 1.4% of those under the age of 18 and 2.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
A Mayor and a six-member Borough Council structure govern Woodcliff Lake. In addition there are a number of Boards, and Committees. The Mayor generally appoints the members of these with consent of the majority of the Council. The Mayor is elected for a four-year term and Council members are each elected for three-year terms. Partisan elections are held in November on an at-large basis and the terms start on January 1 of the following year. Positions are held on a part-time basis. The Council members elect a Council President at the beginning of each year. Each member of the Council serves as chairperson or liaison to one or more of the Boards, and/or Committees. The assignments are made at the beginning of each calendar year.
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of Woodcliff Lake is Jeffrey Goldsmith (D, term ends December 31, 2015). Members of the Borough Council are Council President Robert Rosenblatt (D, 2014), Donna Abene (D, 2014), Jeff Bader (R, 2013), Jean Bae (R, 2013; serving vacancy after resignation of Kenneth Baum), Eric Bloom (D, 2015) and Jacqueline Gadaleta (D, 2015).
Jean Bae was chosen in September 2012 to fill the vacancy of Kenneth Baum, who had resigned from the Council earlier that month. Bae became the borough's first Asian-American councilwoman.
Controversy erupted in the borough in August 2008 when former Mayor LaPaglia described Councilmen Bader and Rosenblatt as "the temple twins", an apparent reference to the Jewish religion. The two councilmen demanded an apology, which LaPaglia has not given, denying anti-Semitic intent and stating that he is prone to colorful nicknames.
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, North Bergen).
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 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 4,021 registered voters. Of registered voters, 1,107 (27.5% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 981 (24.4%) were registered as Republicans and 1,933 (48.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 49.9% of the vote here (1,496 ballots cast), narrowly ahead of Democrat Barack Obama, who received 49.1% of the vote (1,474 ballots), with 75.0% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 49.7% of the vote in Woodcliff Lake (1,656 cast), narrowly ahead of Democrat John Kerry, who received around 49.2% (1,638 votes), with 3,329 ballots cast among the borough's 4,108 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.0%.
Woodcliff Lake is served by a volunteer fire department that was established in 1932 after residents became dissatisfied with fire protection paid for through Park Ridge. The WLFD consists of a chief, a deputy chief, two captains and three lieutenants in addition to the 70+ members. Woodcliff Lake Fire Department is also known as Station 68. Station 68 is home to Engine 71, Squad 72, Ladder 75, and Rescue 76. The chiefs are assigned cars numbered after their radio designations 710 and 711. WLFD is a member of the Tri-Boro Mutual Aid along with Montvale and Park Ridge.
Together with Park Ridge and Montvale, Woodcliff Lake is one of the three municipalities that is part of the Tri-Boro Volunteer Ambulance Corps, founded in 1938 and providing provides EMS service to these three communities. Tri-Boro is a non-profit and full volunteer group which provides free emergency service to those in the community who need it at any time. The headquarters is located in Park Ridge near Mill Pond.
Woodcliff Lake has a police department, located next to borough hall and the fire department, was founded in 1954.
The Woodcliff Lake Public Schools serve students in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. The schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Dorchester Elementary School with 511 students in grades Pre-K through 5 and Woodcliff Middle School which had students in grades 6-8.
Woodcliff Lake is served by New Jersey Transitat the Woodcliff Lake train station, located at Broadway and Woodcliff Avenues. The station offers service on the on the Pascack Valley Line, which runs north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New Jersey Transit one-stop service to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at the Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.
The borough had a total of 45.94 miles (73.93 km) of roadways, of which 34.27 miles (55.15 km) are maintained by the municipality, 9.47 miles (15.24 km) by Bergen County and 2.20 miles (3.54 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Tice Farms was a farm and roadside stand in Woodcliff Lake. Founded in 1808, it was a local landmark which attracted families from miles around, especially in the fall, when it was noted for pumpkins, apple cider, freshly baked donuts, and other fall products. Many people would make the drive to the area from New York City, causing massive traffic jams on autumn weekends. Beginning in the 1970s, the farm was increasingly squeezed by local land development, and Richard Tice, the head of the family, repeatedly sold land to accommodate development. BMW's North American headquarters are located on Chestnut Ridge Road, and is built, and currently being expanded on land once owned by the Tice family. The company is the town's predominant landowner. Tice Farms is now an upscale strip mall.
Van Riper's Farm, located approximately across the street from Tice's. was founded in the late 18th century and known for its apple cider and annual turkey shoot. It was closed to make way for an A&P supermarket, which is known as the company's trademark store.
A small reminder of Woodcliff Lake's rural history is Fusco's Market, located on the corner of Werimus and Saddle River Roads. Fusco's is the town's general store, owned and operated by the Fusco family. Nearby is the Old Mill Pond, which was established as the town's swimming pool around 1950 when the borough acquired the small, nearly silted-up mill pond near the headwaters of the Musquapsink Brook. Old Mill Pond has been renovated to include a partial sand beach along with a water slide, two diving boards, swimming lanes, and other water activities for kids.
Woodcliff Lake lacks its own public library; however, it offers its residents reimbursement if they pay for a library membership from a neighboring municipality with its own library.
Woodcliff Lake was originally assigned the ZIP code 07680. As part of post office consolidation in the early 1970s, it lost its postmaster (though not its post office) and was designated a branch of the Westwood post office, sharing the ZIP code 07675. Following longtime public protest, it regained its own ZIP code, 07677, in the late 1990s.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Woodcliff Lake include:
- Jack Antonoff (born 1984), guitarist for the band fun.
- Bruce Beresford-Redman, co-creator and executive producer of MTV's Pimp My Ride.
- Jon Doscher (born 1971), film producer.
- Fran Ganguzza (born 1959), film producer.
- Steven M. Goldman, former Commissioner of Banking and Insurance of New Jersey (2006–2009).
- Kerri Green (born 1967), actress who appeared in The Goonies.
- Rick Hurvitz, co-creator and executive producer of MTV's Pimp My Ride.
- John L. Molinelli, Bergen County Prosecutor since 2002.
- Joe Oriolo (1913–1985), producer of the Felix the Cat cartoons made in the 1960s, and co-creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost.
- Tom Papa comedian, actor and host of The Marriage Ref.
- Randolph Perkins (1871–1936), represented New Jersey's 6th congressional district from 1921-1936.
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- Harrington, Shannon D. "DEMOCRATS EYE COUNSEL AS PROSECUTOR -- WOODCLIFF LAKE LAWYER IS LEADING CANDIDATE", The Record (Bergen County), February 6, 2002. Accessed September 7, 2011. "Governor McGreevey has yet to nominate anyone to succeed Prosecutor William H. Schmidt, whose five-year term expires March 10. But sources in New Jersey's political and legal arenas say that John L. Molinelli, a Woodcliff Lake resident..."
- via Associated Press. "Joseph Oriolo dies; creator of 'Casper'", Reading Eagle, December 27, 1985. Accessed February 1, 2011. "Oriolo, of Woodcliff Lake, died Wednesday at Hackensack Medical Center after a brief illness, his family said."
- Staff. "Celebrity Sighting: Comedian Tom Papa performs at Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights", Bergen.com, January 21, 2012. Accessed November 25, 2013. "Tom Papa, originally from Park Ridge and one-time Woodcliff Lake resident, performed at Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights last night."
- Randolph Perkins biography, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 8, 2007.
- Woodcliff Lake official website
- Woodcliff Lake Public Schools
- Woodcliff Lake Public Schools's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Woodcliff Lake Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Pascack Valley Regional High School District
- Tri-Boro Ambulance Corps
- Woodcliff Lake Fire Department