Mayor Gerald A. Calabrese
Committee Assignments 2015: Police Department
Say “Mayor Calabrese” and people automatically think of Cliffside Park. Mayor Calabrese is currently the longest serving Mayor in the State of New Jersey and with good reason.
Mayor Calabrese was elected to the Cliffside Park Borough Council in 1955, and then became Mayor in 1959. Since his reelection as Mayor in 1965, he has served continuously as the Borough’s Chief Executive.
Under his tenure the town has enjoyed unprecedented growth. Mayor Calabrese is well-known for his ability to garner grants and federal monies to make improvements to the community without costing taxpayers money. This policy started years ago when the town built its current Borough Hall on Palisade Avenue. The public library, which was formerly housed in the basement of Number Three School, was also built. The Borough of Cliffside Park was one of the first communities to build senior citizen housing with federal grants. He secures hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes millions, every year for the Borough of Cliffside Park
Mayor Calabrese is a graduate of Cliffside Park High School where he led the school’s team to the state basketball championship. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he attended St. John’s University where he was chosen for All-American honors. He was inducted into St. John’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his years on the basketball team. He went on to a professional basketball career with the Syracuse Nationals, predecessor to today’s Philadelphia 76ers.
He is a member of the American Legion Post 126 as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the AmVets. He is a member of the Cliffside Park Elk’s Club and the Men’s Club.
A parishioner of Epiphany Church, Mayor Calabrese resides on Esplanade Place with his wife, Marion.