Gerald Calabrese

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Gerald Calabrese
Personal information
Born(1925-02-04)February 4, 1925
DiedApril 13, 2015(2015-04-13) (aged 90)
Cliffside Park, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolCliffside Park
(Cliffside Park, New Jersey)
CollegeSt. John's (1946–1950)
NBA draft1950 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Syracuse Nationals
Playing career1951–1952
PositionPoint guard
Number12, 9, 13
Career history
19511952Syracuse Nationals
Career NBA statistics
Points492 (4.7 ppg)
Rebounds149 (1.4 rpg)
Assists148 (1.4 apg)
Stats at

Gerald A. Calabrese (February 4, 1925 – April 13, 2015) was an American politician who served as Mayor of Cliffside Park, New Jersey continuously for 50 years, from 1965 to 2015. He was a member of the Democratic Party. Earlier in life, Calabrese played in the NBA for two seasons with the Syracuse Nationals.


Calabrese was 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.

Calabrese was elected to the Cliffside Park Borough Council in 1955, and then became mayor in 1959. He was re-elected as mayor in 1965 and served continuously as the borough's chief executive until his death in 2015. He 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 also served as chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization for multiple years.

As of 2008, Calabrese was the longest-serving mayor in the State of New Jersey.[2] He secured hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes millions, every year for the borough of Cliffside Park.

After 50 continuous years as mayor, Calabrese died on April 13, 2015, at the age of 90.[3][4]


  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.
  3. ^ "Man Believed to Be New Jersey's Longest-Serving Mayor Dies", Associated Press, April 13, 2015.
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