Montvale, New Jersey

Montvale, New Jersey
Borough of Montvale, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Montvale's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Montvale, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°2′56″N 74°2′26″W / 41.04889°N 74.04056°W / 41.04889; -74.04056Coordinates: 41°2′56″N 74°2′26″W / 41.04889°N 74.04056°W / 41.04889; -74.04056
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated August 31, 1894
 – Type Borough
 – Mayor Roger J. Fyfe (R, 2011)
 – Administrator/Clerk Maureen Iarossi-Alwan[1]
 – Total 4.0 sq mi (10.3 km2)
 – Land 4.0 sq mi (10.3 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[2] 315 ft (96 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 – Total 7,844
 – Density 1,972.4/sq mi (761.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07645
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-47610[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0878455[6]

Montvale is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 7,844.[3]

Montvale was incorporated as a borough on August 31, 1894, from portions of Orvil Township and Washington Township, at the height of the "Boroughitis" craze then sweeping through Bergen County that led to the creation of over two dozen new municipalities in the county in that one year alone.[7] On February 15, 1896, Montvale acquired part of Orvil Township. In 1906, Montvale added further land from Orvil and Washington townships, and in 1912, Montvale added territory from Upper Saddle River.[7] On May 20, 1959, portions of Montvale were passed to River Vale, and on December 9 and December 14, 1965, territories were exchanged between Montvale and Upper Saddle River.[8]



Montvale is located at 41°02′56″N 74°02′26″W / 41.048997°N 74.040523°W / 41.048997; -74.040523 (41.048997, -74.040523).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), all of it land.

The borough borders six neighboring municipalities: Woodcliff Lake, Upper Saddle River, Park Ridge, and River Vale in Bergen County, and Pearl River and Chestnut Ridge in Rockland County, New York. Montvale is serviced by the Garden State Parkway at exits 171 and 172, as well as the New York State Thruway in Chestnut Ridge.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 416
1910 522 25.5%
1920 779 49.2%
1930 1,243 59.6%
1940 1,342 8.0%
1950 1,856 38.3%
1960 3,699 99.3%
1970 7,327 98.1%
1980 7,318 −0.1%
1990 6,946 −5.1%
2000 7,034 1.3%
2010 7,844 11.5%
Population 1900 - 1990.[10][11]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 7,034 people, 2,509 households, and 1,999 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,769.8 people per square mile (684.1/km2). There were 2,590 housing units at an average density of 651.7 per square mile (251.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.79% White, 0.44% African American, 0.09% Native American, 5.36% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.09% of the population.

There were 2,509 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.4% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $93,031, and the median income for a family was $104,047. Males had a median income of $80,355 versus $37,440 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,448. About 0.9% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Montvale 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.[12]

The Mayor and Council meet every second Tuesday of the month for formal public meetings and on the last Tuesday of the month for informal work sessions. Meetings are open to the public and residents are given the opportunity to speak on proposed ordinances and other matters of concern at the formal meetings. Government-access television (GATV) usually televises the first meeting of each month on the local Public-access television cable TV channel.

The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Borough, and as such presides over all public meetings, provides leadership in the development of community projects and makes appointments to various boards. The Borough Council exercises all legislative powers including adoption of the municipal budget, bond ordinances and the general business of the community.

The Council's powers include, for example, adopting all ordinances; reviewing, revising and adopting the budget; making appropriations; levying taxes; authorizing bond issues; providing for the internal structure of local government; providing by ordinance for the creation and abolition of jobs; fixing salaries and establishing general municipal policy.

The Mayor of Montvale Borough is Roger J. Fyfe (R, term ends December 31, 2011). Members of the Montvale Borough Council are Theresa Cudequest (R, 2012), Michael Ghassali (R, 2012), Leah LaMonica (R, 2011), William Greco (R, 2011), Salvatore Talarico (R, 2010) and Council President Timothy Lane (R, 2010).[13][14]

In elections held on November 3, 2009, voters turned out to fill two three-year seats on the Borough Council. Republican newcomers Theresa Cudequest (1,490 votes) and Michael Ghassali (1,427) won election to the Borough Council, defeating Democratic incumbents Lorna Scully (963) and Elmer C. Wehrle (955). This result capped Montvale's shift back to Republican leadership that began with the election of Roger Fyfe as Mayor in 2007.[15]

Federal, state and county representation

Montvale is in the 5th Congressional district. New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Montvale is in the 39th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Bob Schroeder (R, Washington Township) and Charlotte Vandervalk (R, Hillsdale).[16]

Bergen County's County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[17] The Board of Chosen Freeholders is the county's legislative body and its seven members are elected at-large on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[18] As of 2011, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman John Driscoll, Jr. (R, 2012; Paramus),[19] Vice-Chairwoman Maura DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[20] Chair Pro Tempore John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park)[21] John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[22] David L. Ganz (D, 2011; Fair Lawn),[23] Robert G. Hermansen (R, 2012; Mahwah)[24] and Bernadette P. McPherson (D, 2011; Rutherford).[25][26] Other countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Elizabeth Randall (R, Westwood).[27]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 7,321 in Montvale, there were 4,798 registered voters (65.5% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 597 (12.4% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,425 (29.7% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 2,775 (57.8% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There was one voter registered to another party.[28]

On the national level, Montvale 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%.[29]


The Montvale Public Schools serve students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[30]) are Memorial Elementary School with 558 students in grades pre-K through 4, and Fieldstone Middle School with 470 students in grades 5 to 8.

Public school students in grades 9 - 12 from Montvale attend Pascack Hills High School along with students from neighboring Woodcliff Lake, as part of the Pascack Valley Regional High School District.[31] The school is led by principal Sarah Van Gunten, assistant principal Glenn deMarrais and assistant principal/athletic director Philip Paspalas.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Pascack Hills High School as the 12th best high school in New Jersey in its 2008 rankings of the "Top Public High Schools" in New Jersey.[32]

Montvale is also the home of Saint Joseph Regional High School, a college preparatory school for young men founded in the Xaverian tradition of Catholic education. The school is led by principal Barry Donnelly and vice-principal Michael Doherty, with athletic director Anthony Karcich.


Montvale is served by New Jersey Transit on the Pascack Valley Line at the Montvale train station. The station is located at the intersection of Kinderkamack Road and Grand Avenue.

This line 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.

Service on this line operates seven days a week. As of October 28, 2007, NJ Transit added 15 new weekday trains, 23 trains on Saturdays and Sundays on the line, 11 inbound to Hoboken and 12 outbound to Spring Valley each day.

The Garden State Parkway and County Route 503 pass through Montvale. The last stop going north on the Garden State Parkway is in Montvale and features a large rest stop area.

Corporate residents

Montvale is home to the corporate headquarters of numerous major companies including Barr Pharmaceuticals, The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P grocery stores),[33] and Benjamin Moore, as well as the U.S. headquarters of Mercedes-Benz. Montvale is home to the operational headquarters of Ingersoll Rand, and Pentax and the accounting firm KPMG have a large local presence. The international marketing and commercial services headquarters of Western Union are located in Montvale. The borough was formerly the location of the headquarters of Toys "R" Us.

Notable residents

Noted current and former residents of Montvale include:


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