Welcome to Hillside

On behalf of the Township of Hillside, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the website for Hillside Township, New Jersey. Our website is designed to better communicate with you – our residents, businesses, and visitors.

It is our goal to provide visitors to this site the opportunity to learn more about Hillside Township. We will strive to provide complete information on services and programs available and links to other resources. Check our website often for updates on upcoming events,news, and current activities. We welcome and encourage your participation to make our town reflect the diversity of our community.

Thank you for taking an interest in our community. We hope that you find this site informative and it provides some insight as to why so many people call our town home and enjoy living, participating and visiting here.


Angela R. Garretson
Mayor, Township of Hillside

Mayor Angela R. Garretson


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Municipal Run-Off Election for the Township of Hillside will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hillside has been the home of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lionel Trains were manufactured from 1929 to 1974 at a factory located in Hillside that employed as many as 2000 employees.

Hillside Quick Fact

About Hillside

Hillside is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 21,404, reflecting a decline of 343 (-1.6%) from the 21,747 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 703 (+3.3%) from the 21,044 counted in the 1990 Census.

Hillside was incorporated as a township on April 3, 1913, from portions of Union Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 29, 1913. The township was named for the surrounding hills.

The 2010 United States Census counted 21,404 people, 7,112 households, and 5,533 families residing in the township. The population density was 7,784.0 per square mile (3,005.4/km2). The township contained 7,536 housing units at an average density of 2,740.6 per square mile (1,058.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 34.75% (7,438) White, 53.19% (11,384) Black or African American, 0.22% (47) Native American, 2.73% (585) Asian, 0.03% (7) Pacific Islander, 6.22% (1,332) from other races, and 2.85% (611) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 17.63% (3,774) of the population.[

Hillside is governed by the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law), under Mayor-Council form of New Jersey municipal government (plan 4), as implemented as of July 1, 1997. The township is governed by a mayor and a seven-member Township Council. Four council members come from wards and three are elected at large, all elected to four-year terms in office on a staggered basis in non-partisan elections. The ward seats all come up for election together and the mayoral and at-large seats come up for vote together two years later. The council voted in August 2010 to shift municipal elections from May to November, to be held in conjunction with the general election.

As of 2016, the Mayor of Hillside is Angela R. Garretson, whose term of office ends December 31, 2017. Members of the Township Council are Council President Don DeAugustine (Ward 3, 2019), Council Vice President Andrea L. Hyatt (Ward 1, 2019), George “Tony” Alston Jr. (At-large, 2017), Gerald Pateesh Freedman (Ward 4, 2015), Christopher D. Mobley (Ward 2, 2019), Diane L. Murray (At-large, 2017; elected to serve an unexpired term) and Sip T. Whitaker (At-large, 2017).

The Mayor’s Initiatives

Stronger Neighborhoods

Improve access to town services and programs that empower residents and businesses with opportunities to improve and unite their community

Tech Town - Swift 911, Mechanic On Board, Muidex

Promote safety, health, and security through effective communication and service delivery. Provide opportunities to be better prepared for emergencies.

Healthier Hillside - Senior Produce Distribution

Pursue nurtitional and other dietary improvements that improve the health and quality of life for our senior residents.

Immigrants and Workers Rights

Build labor and civil connections with ALL communities that reflect the breadth and richness of the diversity in our town.

Township Mission Statement

The Township of Hillside, in partnership and communication with the townspeople, nonprofits, businesses, and schools is dedicated to:

  • Providing a safe, healthy, welcoming atmosphere where people choose to live
  • Promoting economic vitality and strategically positioning Hillside for the future
  • Supporting planned growth and influencing decisions that impact the town

  • Building an inclusive informed town with opportunities for all
  • Meeting service demands through high quality customer service, innovation, a positive work environment, and a commitment to excellence


In this section you will find pertinent information to inform you of upcoming administrative meetings.

·        Providing critical and relevant information on a timely basis and facilitate two way dialogue between government and the community

Agendas & Minutes

In this section you will find pertinent information to inform you of upcoming meeting agendas and the minutes of recent administrative meetings .

Council Meetings

In this section you will find pertinent information to inform you of upcoming city council meetings.

  • Council Members
  • Council Agendas
  • Minutes to council meetings

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