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Tenafly Borough

Tenafly Borough Hall is located at 100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly NJ 07670; phone: 201-568-6100.

Beginnings [1]

Tenafly as a post office, railroad station and part of Palisades township has been a pretty village of the northern valley for about forty years. In the winter of 1893 a call was issued by a number of property owners for citizens meeting at the home of Colonel A. G. Demarest, for considering the advisability of incorporating the village of Tenafly, under the borough law of 1879, permitting an area of four square miles. The result of that meeting, held January 26th, was a determination to apply to Judge Van Valen, of the County Court, for an order to hold an election, which application, as required by law, was signed only by owners of land in fee simple, within the boundaries of the proposed incorporation.

The committee appointed by that meeting to carry this wish into effect were Stephen G. Clarke, chairman; H. B. Palmer, treasurer; William G. Jellison, Frederic L. Colver, H. E. Demaraest, J. Hull Browning, and Charles E. Vogt.

There was much opposition to this movement at the time, and not a little effort, made legally and politically, to defeat the object at the election, there being cast about three hundred votes with a majority of only seven in favor of such an organization. This was in January, 1894. At this time, however, the beneficial effects arising from such an incorporation in a municipality, having now [i.e. in 1900] an assessed value exceeding $800,000, is apparent to all interested, and what was once political dissent, has now become mutual amity and good fellowship.

  1. J. M. Van Valen, History of Bergen County New Jersey, New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Company, New York, 1900.
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