Ramsey, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Borough of Ramsey, New Jersey
settlement_type = Borough
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map_caption = Map highlighting Ramsey's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.

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map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Ramsey, New Jersey

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Bergen
government_footnotes =
government_type = Borough (New Jersey)
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Christopher C. Botta (R, 2010)
leader_title1 = Administrator
leader_name1 = Nicholas C. Saros [ [http://www.ramseynj.com/content/379/default.aspx BOROUGH HALL DIRECTORY] , Borough of Ramsey. Accessed December 29, 2007.]
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = March 10, 1908

unit_pref = Imperial
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area_total_km2 = 14.5
area_land_km2 = 14.4
area_water_km2 = 0.1
area_total_sq_mi = 5.6
area_land_sq_mi = 5.6
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0

population_as_of = 2007
population_footnotes =
population_total = 14647
population_density_km2 = 997.4
population_density_sq_mi = 2583.2

timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = [Gnis|885364|Borough of Ramsey, Geographic Names Information System, accessed December 29, 2007.]
elevation_m = 107
elevation_ft = 351
latd = 41 |latm = 3 |lats = 33 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 8 |longs = 46 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 07446
area_code = 201
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-61680GR|2 [ [http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/webrepts/commoncodes/ccc_nj.html A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.]
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website = http://www.ramseynj.com
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Ramsey is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 14,351.

Ramsey was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 10, 1908, from portions of Hohokus Township (now Mahwah). Additional territory was annexed from Waldwick in 1921, and portions of the borough were ceded to Saddle River in 1925."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 84.]


Ramsey is located at coor dms|41|3|32|N|74|8|33|W|city (41.058819, -74.142382)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²), of which, 5.6 square miles (14.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.89%) is water.

Ramsey is bounded by Upper Saddle River, Allendale and Mahwah. It is serviced by Route 17, and is withing close proximity to U.S. Route 202 in Darlington and Mahwah, as well as the New York State Thruway (I-287, I-87) in Suffern, New York.


1900= 1074
1910= 1667
1920= 2090
1930= 3258
1940= 3566
1950= 4670
1960= 9527
1970= 12571
1980= 12899
1990= 13228
2000= 14351
estref= [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=Search&geo_id=16000US3456130&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US34%7C16000US3456130&_street=&_county=ramsey&_cityTown=ramsey&_state=04000US34&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=160&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Census data for Ramsey] , United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 9, 2008.]
footnote=Population 1900 - 1990 [ [http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/planning/data/HistoricalPop.pdf Historical Population Trends in Bergen County (1900 - 2000)] , Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed December 23, 2007.] [ [http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi01/poptrd6.htm New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.]
As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 14,351 people, 5,313 households, and 3,947 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,583.2 people per square mile (996.6/km²). There were 5,400 housing units at an average density of 972.0/sq mi (375.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.62% White, 0.78% African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.93% of the population.

There were 5,313 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the borough the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $88,187, and the median income for a family was $104,036. Males had a median income of $75,017 versus $43,205 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,964. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Ramsey 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."2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 165.]

The Mayor of the Borough of Ramsey is Christopher C. Botta (R, term of office ends December 31, 2010). Members of the Ramsey Borough Council are Council President Bruce Vozeh (R, 2008), Deirdre A. Dillon (R, 2009), Vanessa Jachzel (R, 2010), William J. Jones (R, 2009), Arthur M. Nalbandian (R, 2010) and Andrew Siemsen (R, 2008). [ [http://www.ramseynj.com/content/55/default.aspx Mayor and Council] , Borough of Ramsey. Accessed July 8, 2008.] [ [http://co.bergen.nj.us/ParksPDF/CountyDirectory.pdf "County of Bergen: 2008 County and Municipal Directory"] , Bergen County, New Jersey, p. 58. Accessed July 8, 2008.]

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters filled two seats on the borough council. Republican candidates ran unopposed, with incumbent Arthur M. Nalbandian (1,731 votes) and newcomer Vanessa Jachzel (1,729) elected to three-year terms on the council. [Pries, Allison. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MjExODcx "Municipal elections"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", October 23, 2007. Accessed December 29, 2007.] [ [http://www.northjersey.com/dngmedia/media_server/tr/2007/11/06election/bergencounty2007.html Bergen County election results] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 7, 2007. Accessed November 10, 2007.]

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters filled a four-year term for Mayor and two three-year seats on the Borough Council. As of Election Day, Ramsey had a Democratic Mayor and an all-Republican Borough Council, in a community in which registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a 5-3 margin. Incumbent Mayor Richard Muti (2,294 votes), running as an Independent, fell short in his bid for a second term, defeated by Republican Council President Christopher Botta (2,483). Francis "Doc" Kelaher (878), the Democratic Party candidate, came in a distant third. With Chris Botta running for mayor, and Dave Bissailon not seeking re-election, two council seats were open. Republicans Deirdre A. Dillon (3,183 votes) and William J. Jones (2,950) defeated Democrats Kyle Cook (2,151) and Steve Duva (2,020). With the Republican sweep, Ramsey will have a fully Republican Mayor and Council in 2007, the first time this has occurred since 2003. [ [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MDEzNzQz Ramsey Election Guide] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 1, 2006.] [ [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MDE2Njk2 Ramsey election results] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 8, 2006.] [ [ Bergen County 2006 General Election Results] , accessed February 1, 2007.]

Federal, state and county representation

Ramsey is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District. [ [http://www.lwvnj.org/pubs/CG06.pdf 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 63. Accessed August 30, 2006.]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 14,601 in Ramsey, there were 9,323 registered voters (63.9% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 1,242 (13.3% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,235 (24.0% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 5,842 (62.7% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There were four voters registered to other parties. ["County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward & District," dated April 1, 2006.]

On the national level, Ramsey leans toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 58% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 41%. [ [http://www.nj.gov/lps/elections/2004results/04_Municipality_pdf%27s/presidential_bergen_co_2004.pdf 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen County] New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety: Division of Elections, dated December 13, 2004.]


Students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the schools of the Ramsey Public School District. Schools in the district (with 2005–06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [ [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3413590 Data for the Ramsey Public School District] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 17, 2008.] ) are [http://www.ramsey.k12.nj.us/Hubbard/site/default.asp Mary A. Hubbard School] with 531 students in K-3, [http://www.ramsey.k12.nj.us/tisdale/site/default.asp Wesley D. Tisdale] with 503 students in K-3, [http://www.ramsey.k12.nj.us/dater/site/default.asp John Y. Dater] with 405 students in grades 4-5, [http://www.ramsey.k12.nj.us/smith/site/default.asp Eric S. Smith Middle School] with 785 students in 6-8 and Ramsey High School with 832 students in 9-12.

Students from Saddle River have the option of attending either Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands Regional High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with both districts. [ [http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc07/narrative/03/4310/03-4310-000.html Ramsey Public Schools 2007 Report Card Narrative] , New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 17, 2008. "In addition to serving the residents of Ramsey, the District also educates the students of Saddle River in grades 6-12 through a send-receive relationship."]

Ramsey is the home of two catholic schools as well. The [http://www.stpaulips.org/ St. Paul Interparochial School] , a K-8 school, and Don Bosco Preparatory High School, an all boys Roman Catholic high school, for grades 9-12.


Route 17 and County Route 507 pass through Ramsey.

In Ramsey there are two New Jersey Transit stations on the Main Line. Ramsey Main Street is at Main Street at the downtown Ramsey and the Ramsey Route 17 station, which opened on August 22, 2004, as a park-and-ride facility located off Route 17 South.

Popular culture

Scenes from the "The Happy Wanderer" episode of the HBO series "The Sopranos" were shot in Ramsey at the Maple Shade Motel.

Some scenes from the movie "World Trade Center" released in 2006 were filmed in a house in Ramsey.

A [http://youtube.com/watch?v=HC9c1RYzWjs segment] from the second episode of "Rescue 911" features two residents from Ramsey who were heroically saved from an oncoming freight train.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Ramsey include:
*Danny Aiello (born 1933), stage and film star lived in Ramsey for many years during the 1980s and 1990s. [Golden, Tim. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE7D9143EF933A25751C0A967958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=3 "FILM; Danny Aiello Journeys Along The Blue-Collar Road to Stardom"] , "The New York Times", February 10, 1991. Accessed January 23, 2008. "Though friends say he is cashing paychecks of close to $1 million, Mr. Aiello and his wife, Sandy, live in the same split-level house in Ramsey, N.J., that they bought a decade ago for $125,000."]
*Tom Austin, drummer and lyricist for the 1950s/1960s rock band Royal Teens, whose one-hit "Short Shorts" was featured in commercials for the product Nair.Fact|date=March 2008
*Ryan Grant (born 1982), running back for the Green Bay Packers. [Vacchiano, Ralph. [http://msg.com/content_news.jsp?articleID=v0000msgn20050507T212405389&newsgroup=columnist.article&team=Giants&sports=american-football "Shockey's workout habits raise eyebrows at Giants mini-camp"] , MSG Network, May 7, 2005. Accessed May 29, 2007. "The Giants signed 15 undrafted free agents, including Notre Dame RB Ryan Grant, a Ramsey, N.J. native who played high school ball at Don Bosco Prep."]
*Jonathan Halyalkar, child actor who played Billy on the popular 1990s sitcom "Who's the Boss?" [ [http://www.brainyhistory.com/events/1985/april_25_1985_157969.html April 25, 1985 in History] , BrainyHistory.com. Accessed June 5, 2008. "Jonathan Halyalkar, born in Ramsey, New Jersey, actor, Billy-Who's the Boss"] ]
*Charles Ernest Hosking, Jr. (1924-1967), United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honor awardee, who was recognized with the nation's highest military honor for events that took place in Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam, on March 21, 1967. He was awarded the honor for stopping a Viet Cong prisoner in possession of a live grenade by grabbing him in a "bear hug" and forcing the prisoner to the ground, taking the full force of the grenade's blast and saving several of his commanders. Hosking Way, a road off Darlington Avenue, is named in his honor. [ [http://www.medalofhonor.com/CharlesHosking.htm Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient: M/Sgt. Charles Ernest Hosking Jr., U.S. Army Special Forces] , Medal of Honor] . Accessed May 29, 2007.]
*Bob McAdoo (born 1951), former New York Knicks player lived in Ramsey during the 1970s/1980s. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F00E4D61539F930A25750C0A967948260&scp=2&sq=%22bob+mcadoo%22+lives+ramsey&st=nyt "Nets, McAdoo Stuck On Contract Terms"] , "The New York Times", March 13, 1981. Accessed March 6, 2008. "McAdoo, who lives in Ramsey, N.J., has said he wants to finish his career near his home."]
*Ryan McGinley (born 1977), Photographer. [ [http://photography.about.com/od/hqphotographers/a/ryanmcginley.htm Ryan McGinley] , About.com : Photography. Accessed May 21, 2007. "Ryan McGinley was born in Ramsey, New Jersey in 1977."]

Corporate residents

Konica Minolta's U.S. offices are in Ramsey.


External links

* [http://www.ramseynj.com/ Ramsey Borough website]
* [http://www.ramsey.k12.nj.us/ Ramsey Public School District]
*NJReportCard|03|4310|0|Ramsey Public School District
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3413590 Data for the Ramsey Public School District] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://www.ramseylibrary.org/ Ramsey Free Public Library]
* [http://www.ramseypd.com/ Ramsey Police]
* [http://www.ramseyrescue.com/ Ramsey Volunteer Rescue Squad]
* [http://www.ramseyambulance.org/ Ramsey Volunteer Ambulance Corps]
* [http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Node/6196/ Ramsey Office of Emergency Management]
* [http://www.ramseyfd.com/ Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department]
* [http://www.ramseyhistorical.org/ Ramsey Historical Society]

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