Hasbrouck Heights was formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on August 2, 1894, based on the passage of a referendum on July 31, 1894, and was created from portions of Lodi Township at the height of the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County. A part of the borough was annexed to Lodi in 1901.
There were 4,433 households of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 24.5% 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 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the borough, 22.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $88,375 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,467) and the median family income was $100,264 (+/- $9,917). Males had a median income of $60,618 (+/- $5,446) versus $47,385 (+/- $6,455) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,428 (+/- $3,231). About 3.6% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
There were 4,521 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $64,529, and the median income for a family was $75,032. Males had a median income of $51,328 versus $40,570 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,626. About 2.1% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
Borough Hall (January 2009)
Hasbrouck Heights 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 2013[update], the Mayor of Hasbrouck Heights is Rose Marie Heck (R, term ends December 31, 2015). Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council are Council President Pamela J. Link (R, 2014), Sonya Buckman (R, 2013), Justin A. DiPisa (R, 2014), David Gonzalez (R, 2013), Russell Lipari (R, 2012) and Christian Semenecz (D, 2015).
Federal, state and county representation
Hasbrouck Heights is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district.
As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 6,961 registered voters. Of registered voters, 1,596 (22.9% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 2,583 (37.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,780 (39.9%) were registered as Undeclared. There were two voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 53.1% of the vote here (3,037 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat Barack Obama, who received 45.8% of the vote (2,616), with 82.4% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 election, Republican George W. Bush received 53.2% of the vote here (3,066 ballots), outpolling Democrat John Kerry, who received 45.6% (2,629), with 5,768 of 7,345 registered voters participating, for a turnout percentage of 78.5%.
The Hasbrouck Heights School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district also serves students from Teterboro, a non-operating district that was merged into the Hasbrouck Heights School District following its dissolution on July 1, 2010.
The Bendix Diner is a prominent landmark on Route 17.
In addition, NJ Transit provides rail service via the Pascack Valley Line's Williams Avenue station, which is located on the boundary of Hasbrouck Heights and Teterboro. Although the rail line's tracks lie entirely within the municipal boundaries of Hasbrouck Heights - and in fact form the borough's eastern boundary with Teterboro - NJ Transit considers the station to be in Teterboro because its parking lot and ingress/egress roads are accessed from that town.
1935 - (May 19) Small biplane loses altitude after taking off from Teterboro Airport, and drops directly in front of automobile on Route 2 (now Route 17). Driver of automobile only bruised after crash, pilot and student co-pilot severely injured.
1966 - (June 29) Pilot James P. Scott crash-lands his Piper Aztec twin-engine plane on front lawn of Burton Avenue home after losing an engine and skimming the top of a tree, which softened his landing. The plane slid up the driveway and struck the house. The residents were not at home, and the pilot survived.
1999 - (December 9) A plane bound for neighboring Teterboro Airport crashes in a backyard. Three aboard died, no injuries occurred on the ground.
1999 - (December 10) The Municipal Building (town hall, town court, fire department, police department) catches fire. The cause of the blaze was found to be an electrical problem. A new building was built on the Boulevard and Central and dedicated on December 14, 2003.
2006 - (June) The public library director Michele Reutty was in the news for not providing information to the town police when they turned up at the library without a subpoena. This event drew widespread attention via a Slashdot article.
Notable current and former residents of Hasbrouck Heights include:
Jason Biggs (born 1978), actor, attended Hasbrouck Heights High School.
Arthur Godfrey (1903–1983), entertainer. While a student at Franklin High School (as it was then known) he closed down the school for several days by stuffing Limburger cheese down the heating grates and into the furnace system.
^Cattafi, Kristie. "Republican incumbents sweep in Hasbrouck Heights", Community News, November 8, 2011. Accessed June 4, 2012. "Mayor Rose Marie Heck defeated Independent candidate Dragan Blanusa, 1,418 to 482. Republican Councilwoman Pamela Link and Republican Councilman Justin DiPisa beat Democratic candidates, Mary Blanusa and Doris Tuosto, and one independent challenger, Carol Skiba, for two, three-year terms on the Hasbrouck Heights Council."
^ abEnsslin, John C. "Bergen County Freeholders choose Ganz as chairman; Democrat gives Republicans 2 top slots", The Record (Bergen County), January 3, 2013. Accessed January 10, 2013. "The swearing-in of Freeholders Tracy Silna Zur and Steve Tanelli gave the Democrats a 4-3 majority and control of the board for the first time in two years. The board elected David Ganz as chairman, as expected.... The reorganization meeting drew several top Democrats from across the state, with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez swearing in Tanelli, a former North Arlington councilman, and Mayor Cory Booker of Newark swearing in Zur, an attorney from Franklin Lakes."
^Freeholder Home Page, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2013. As of date accessed, John D. Mitchell is listed as Chairman, John A. Felice is shown as Vice Chairman, and both John Driscoll, Jr. and Robert G. Hermansen are listed as members despite having terms of office that ended in 2012.
^Graham, Dr. Aaron R. Bergen County Report on Consolidation and Regionalization, Bergen County Executive County Superintendent, March 15, 2010. Accessed June 15, 2011. "Hasbrouck Heights (PK-12) and Teterboro (non-op):The two districts will form the newly merged district of Hasbrouck Heights with Teterboro, a non-operating district scheduled for elimination on July 1, 2010."
^Needell, Paul. "For Parcells, there is no greater game", The Star-Ledger, December 27, 2008. Accessed March 7, 2011. "Fifty years ago today, when the course of NFL history changed forever with the so-called Greatest Game Ever Played, New Jersey's favorite football son did not sit transfixed in front of his family's grainy black-and-white television set in Hasbrouck Heights."
^Blum, June. "About Hasbrouck Heights", The New York Times, September 17, 1972. Accessed March 7, 2011. "Every athlete is indebted to another native son, the late Oscar Schwidetsky, the unsung hero who developed the Ace Bandage."
^"The Kid from Hoboken", Time (Magazine), August 29, 1955. Accessed June 4, 2007. "Even at home, Sinatra was not safe. His house in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. was ringed all day and half the night by gazing girldom. Originally white, its sides were soon smeared with lipstick. Sometimes the girls made human ladders and peered into his bedroom, and when he got a haircut the clippings were claimed."