Northvale, New Jersey

Northvale is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 4,460.

Northvale was formed on March 15, 1916, from the remaining portions of Harrington Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 4, 1916. With the creation of Northvale, Harrington Township was dissolved. In 1923, portions of Northvale were transferred to Rockleigh.


Northvale is located at (41.011215, -73.952080).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,460 people, 1,575 households, and 1,236 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,381.2 people per square mile (1,304.6/km²). There were 1,596 housing units at an average density of 1,210.0/sq mi (466.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.91% White, 0.76% African American, 0.07% Native American, 14.06% Asian, 1.17% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.73% of the population.

There were 1,575 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $72,500, and the median income for a family was $81,153. Males had a median income of $50,901 versus $37,563 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,206. About 2.4% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Northvale 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.

The Mayor of the Borough of Northvale is John S. Hogan (D, term of office ends on December 31, 2010). Members of the Northvale Borough Council are Council President Lloyd Winans (R, 2010), Scott Furletti (R, 2009), Andrew Gullestad (R, 2010), Patrick Marana (D, 2008), Peter Perretti (D, 2008) and Roy Sokoloski (R, 2008). Council member Joann Traub resigned abruptly in June 2008, leaving a vacancy on her seat that expires in 2009. In July 2008, the council selected Peter Perretti, who had served on the council from 1980-1985, to fill the vacancy created by Traub's resignation.

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters filled two three-year seats and a one-year unexpired term on the borough council. Republican incumbent Lloyd Winans (703 votes) and running mate, newcomer Andrew Gullestad (624) won three-year terms, defeating Democrats Louis DeLisio (596) and William Sillery (552). Republican Roy Sokoloski (670) won the race for the open one-year unexpired term, defeating Democrat Elissa Walker (577). Roy Sokoloski was sworn in to fill the seat vacated by William Sillery, who ran and lost in the race for a three-year term. With Sokoloski taking office, the Republicans have broken the 3-3 split, and gained a 4-2 majority on the council.

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters selected a mayor and filled two seats on the borough council. As of Election Day, the council was evenly split with three Democrats and three Republicans, in a community in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 6-5 margin. Democrat John S. Hogan (847 votes), a former mayor and council member, ousted Republican incumbent John E. Rooney (787), who had been mayor since 1991 and also served as mayor from 1979-1986. Incumbent democrat JoAnn Traub (848) won re-election and Republican newcomer Scott Furletti (820) was also elected to serve on the 2007 council, edging their respective running mates Democrat Gerard McNerney (776) and Republican Deborah S. Butti (749).

Federal, state and county representation

Northvale is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District.


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 4,571 in Northvale, there were 2,628 registered voters (57.5% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 574 (21.8% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 465 (17.7% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 1,588 (60.4% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There was one voter registered to another party.

On the national level, Northvale leans toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 56% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 43%.


The Northvale Public Schools serve students in grades K through 8. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Thomas Jefferson School for grades K-4 (223 students) and Nathan Hale School for grades 5-8 (354).

Students in public school for grades 9-12 attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan which serves students from Rockleigh, Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan. The high school is part of the Northern Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from Closter, Demarest and Haworth at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest.


County Route 505 passes through Northvale.


The television show Ed, which ran from 2000 - 2004, was filmed in Northvale. The interior and exterior shots for "Stuckeybowl" were filmed at the now closed and demolished bowling alley, formerly known as "Country Club Lanes". Housing for 55+ now exists on the lot.

In the 2008 USA Network series In Plain Sight, during the episode, Stan by Me, two FBI agents are murdered and a federally protected witness is kidnapped in Northvale.



  • "History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923;" by "Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942."
  • "Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties)" prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.

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