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.Same-sex couples headed 9 households in 2010, less than half of the 19 counted in 2000.
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 governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. 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 in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of Hasbrouck Heights is RepublicanRose Marie Heck, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council (with party affliaition, term-end year and committee chairmanship listed in parentheses) are Council President Pamela J. Link (R, 2014; Finance / Social Services and Welfare), Sonya C. Buckman (R, 2013; Recreation and Parks), Justin A. DiPisa (R, 2014; Police), David P. Gonzalez (R, 2013; Fire, Streets, Sanitation), Russell Lipari (R, 2015; Health and Land Use) and Christian Semenecz (D, 2015; Public Facilities and Transportation).
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 March 23, 2011, there were a total of 7,221 registered voters in Hasbrouck Heights, of which 1,630 (22.6% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,549 (35.3% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,040 (42.1% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 61.0% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 78.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,883 votes here (51.1% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,669 votes (47.3% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 43 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 5,640 ballots cast by the borough's 7,558 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.6% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 3,218 votes here (52.9% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 2,772 votes (45.5% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 48 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 6,087 ballots cast by the borough's 7,612 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.0% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 3,066 votes here (53.2% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 2,629 votes (45.6% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 53 votes (0.9% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,768 ballots cast by the borough's 7,345 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,037 votes here (51.7% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,663 votes (42.2% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 181 votes (4.6% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 24 votes (0.6% vs. 0.5%), among the 3,937 ballots cast by the borough's 7,449 registered voters, yielding a 52.9% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The borough had a total of 36.64 miles (58.97 km) of roadways, of which 29.29 miles (47.14 km) are maintained by the municipality, 4.78 miles (7.69 km) by Bergen County and 2.57 miles (4.14 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
NJ Transit provides rail service via the Pascack Valley Line's Teterboro - Williams Avenue station, which is located on the eastern boundary with Teterboro, just across the tracks from the Williams Avenue dead end in Hasbrouck Heights. 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 passenger boarding, passenger shelter, parking lot, and ingress/egress roads are accessed from that town.
In January 2013, NJ Transit erected a 300-foot (91 m) chain link fence in the vicinity of the Williams Avenue dead end as a safety measure to prevent pedestrians/commuters from illegally crossing over the tracks to gain access to the trains on the Teterboro side. Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Rose Marie Heck, NJ Assemblyman Tim Eustace, and Hasbrouck Heights commuters have tried to work with New Jersey Transit to find alternative solutions, including installation of a pedestrian rail crossing with swing gates and warning lights. NJ Transit has indicated there are no immediate alternatives available since funding is not available.
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 Beechcraft Baron bound from Virginia for neighboring Teterboro Airport crashed in a backyard. All four people passengers aboard the plane 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.
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."
^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."
^McFaddded, Robert D. "Plane Crashes Into Backyard in New Jersey, Killing All 4 On Board", The New York Times, December 10, 1999. Accessed December 6, 2013. "A private twin-engine plane carrying four people from Virginia to New Jersey crashed in a residential section of Bergen County just short of its destination late yesterday and exploded in flames. Three on board were killed, and the fourth, who was hurled burning from the wreckage, died hours later.... Witnesses yesterday said that the aircraft, a six-seat Beechcraft Baron 58 that had been cleared for a landing at Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, was sputtering and wobbling in the sky and at 5:32 p.m. suddenly plummeted into the backyard of a home on Washington Place in Hasbrouck Heights, a mile west of the airport."
^Nicholaides, Kelly. "Red Wheelbarrow Poets release 4th book", South Bergenite, February 16, 2012. Accessed August 16, 2013. "Three in particular — Madeline Tiger, Marian Calabro and Celine Beaulieu — also featured essays offering insights into the Williams' life.... 'Williams was all about the specifics,' Calabro, a Hasbrouck Heights resident, says."
^"The Past, Present, and Future of Craig Langley Williams", CraigHollywood.com, November 11, 2003. Accessed December 8, 2013. "But I have also recently joined the fire department of Cherry Grove, NY where my summer home is and I am an applicant in my new home town of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ."
^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."
^Rohan, Virginia. "Awake: Bergen man stars in new NBC drama", Bergen.com, February 29, 2012. Accessed December 8, 2013. "You might call the path that led actor Jay Seals to Awake – the NBC drama that premieres on Thursday – Three Degrees of Mad Men. After the Hasbrouck Heights native landed a role as an ad client in the AMC hit's fourth-season finale, that show's casting directors hired him to be a 'reader' on Metro, an NBC pilot from Oscar-winning writer Stephen Gaghan (Traffic)."
^"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."