Old Tappan, New Jersey

Old Tappan, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Old Tappan's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Old Tappan, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°0′58″N 73°58′57″W / 41.01611°N 73.9825°W / 41.01611; -73.9825Coordinates: 41°0′58″N 73°58′57″W / 41.01611°N 73.9825°W / 41.01611; -73.9825
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated October 18, 1894
 - Type Borough
 - Mayor Victor Polce (R, term ends 2011)[1]
 - Borough Administrator Patrick O'Brien[2]
 - Total 4.08 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 - Land 3.23 sq mi (8.4 km2)
 - Water 0.85 sq mi (2.2 km2)  20.83%
Elevation[4] 79 ft (24 m)
Population (2010 Census)[5]
 - Total 5,750
 - Density 4,469.5/sq mi (1,725.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07675[6]
Area code(s) 201/551
FIPS code 34-54870[7][8]
GNIS feature ID 0885336[9]
Website http://oldtappan.net

Old Tappan (play /ld təˈpæn/ tə-pan) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 5,750.[5]

Old Tappan was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on October 18, 1894, from portions of Harrington Township, at the height of the "Boroughitis" phenomenon sweeping through Bergen County, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.[10] On April 23, 1896, additional territory was annexed from Harrington Township.



Old Tappan is located at 41°00′41″N 73°59′01″W / 41.011342°N 73.983546°W / 41.011342; -73.983546 (41.011342, -73.983546).[11] One of only four confluence points in New Jersey, the 41°N 74°W crossing, is in Old Tappan on watershed property owned by United Water (see link below).

Old Tappan is bordered to the north by the hamlet of Tappan in the town of Orangetown, New York. Lake Tappan and the Hackensack River are on the western side of the town, bordering River Vale. Harrington Park is to the south and Northvale and Norwood are to the east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.08 square miles (10.6 km2), of which 3.23 square miles (8.4 km2) is land and 0.85 square miles (2.2 km2), or 20.83%, is water.[3]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 269
1910 305 13.4%
1920 404 32.5%
1930 600 48.5%
1940 609 1.5%
1950 828 36.0%
1960 2,330 181.4%
1970 3,917 68.1%
1980 4,168 6.4%
1990 4,254 2.1%
2000 5,482 28.9%
2010 5,750 4.9%
Population sources:
1900-1990[12][13] 2000[14] 2010[5]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,750 people. The population density was 1,725.7 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 74.8% Caucasian, 22.2% Asian, 0.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.0% of the population. Korean Americans accounted for 17.1% of the population.[5]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 5,482 people, 1,778 households, and 1,541 families residing in the borough. There were 1,804 housing units at an average density of 558.6 per square mile (215.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.69% Caucasian, 15.63% Asian, 0.60% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.44% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.75% of the population.[14]

In 2000, there were 1,778 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.3% were non-families. 12.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.28.[14]

In the borough the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.[14]

The median income for a household in the borough was $102,127, and the median income for a family was $106,772. Males had a median income of $77,635 versus $48,047 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $48,367. About 1.0% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.[14]


Local government

Old Tappan 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.[15]

This seven-member governing body is empowered to enact local ordinances, to levy municipal taxes and conduct the affairs of our community. In almost all cases, it can review and approve the actions of other Borough of Old Tappan boards, committees and agencies. The Mayor and Borough Council conducts all of it business during monthly meetings open to the public.

All legislative powers of the Borough are exercised by the Mayor and Council. These powers can take the form of a resolution, ordinance or proclamation.[16]

As of 2011, the Mayor of Old Tappan is Victor Polce (R, term ends December 31, 2011). Members of the Old Tappan Borough Council are Ron Binaghi, Guy Carnazza, Victor Cioce, Anna Haverilla, John Kramer and Matt Nalbandian.[16]

Federal, state and county representation

Old Tappan 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).

Old Tappan 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).[17]

Bergen County's County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[18] 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.[19] As of 2011, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman John Driscoll, Jr. (R, 2012; Paramus),[20] Vice-Chairwoman Maura DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[21] Chair Pro Tempore John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park)[22] John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[23] David L. Ganz (D, 2011; Fair Lawn),[24] Robert G. Hermansen (R, 2012; Mahwah)[25] and Bernadette P. McPherson (D, 2011; Rutherford).[26][27] Other countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Elizabeth Randall (R, Westwood).[28]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 5,869 in Old Tappan, there were 3,680 registered voters (62.7% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 451 (12.3% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 814 (22.1% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 2,414 (65.6% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There was one voter registered to another party.[29]

On the national level, Old Tappan 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%.[30]

Emergency services


The Old Tappan Police Department provides police services to the Borough of Old Tappan. As of 2008, there are a total of 13 members of the department: one Chief, one Captain, three Sergeants, and eight Officers. The OTPD is a full-time department funded by taxes.

The force is responsible for all aspects of policing in the borough, including responding to fire and medical emergency calls. Each patrol car is equipped with a first aid kit, oxygen tank, and an Automated external defibrillator.

Dispatching is provided by the 9-1-1 call center at the River Vale Police Department.

Officers of the Old Tappan Police Department are members of Pascack Valley Local 206 of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, Inc.


The Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department (OTVFD) is an all-volunteer fire department. Established in 1932, the department consists of one Chief, one Deputy Chief, one Captain, and four Lieutenants. In addition, there is a Fire Marshal who heads the Old Tappan Bureau of Fire Prevention. The department is staffed by approximately 55 fully trained firefighters, and is a municipal-run public volunteer fire department that is funded by taxes. Dispatching is provided by the 9-1-1 call center at the River Vale Police Department.

The OTVFD has one station, located at 231 Old Tappan Road. The station houses two pumpers, Engine 64 (first due) and Engine 62, one tower ladder, Ladder 63, and one rescue unit, Rescue 61.


The Old Tappan First Aid Corps (OTFAC) was started in 1939, and is located at 4 Russell Avenue. The corps is run by administrative officers, line officers, and Trustees. The administrative officers are the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Financial Secretary. The line officers are the Captain, 1st Lieutenant, and 2nd Lieutenant. The OTFAC is an all-volunteer independent public emergency medical service. As such, they do not bill for services, and their equipment is not directly paid for by the borough. Funding is provided by donations and support from the borough.

The corps provides basic life support, and is staffed primarily by certified Emergency Medical Technicians. CPR-trained drivers are also sometimes on duty. They have two Type III ambulances, Ambulance 66 and Ambulance 68. Dispatching is provided by the 9-1-1 call center at the River Vale Police Department.

The primary jurisdiction of the OTFAC is the Borough of Old Tappan, but the corps also regularly responds to requests for mutual aid from the neighboring First Aid Squads of River Vale, Emerson, Washington Township, Westwood, Hillsdale, and Tri-Boro (Park Ridge, Woodcliff Lake, and Montvale).

The OTFAC is a member of the New Jersey State First Aid Council, the Pascack Valley Volunteer Ambulance Association, and the Pascack Valley Mutual Aid Group.


The Old Tappan Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[31] are T. Baldwin Demarest School serving grades Kindergarten to 4 (440 students) and Charles DeWolf School serving grades 5 - 8 (433 students).

Students in public school for grades 9-12 attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan which serves students from 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.[32]


Main roads include Old Tappan Road, Washington Avenue, Westwood Avenue, and Orangeburg Road.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Old Tappan include:

Historic sites

Old Tappan is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:[40]

  • Frederick Haring House - Old Tappan and De Wolf Roads (added 1983)
  • Gerrit Haring House - 224 Old Tappan Road (added 1983)
  • Teunis Haring House - 70 Old Tappan Road (added 1979)
  • Haring-DeWolf House - 95 De Wolf Road (added 1983)


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