Multi-Grammy Award winning artist Lauryn Hill praises the Hillside Township on her world renown album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
In the song “Every Ghetto, Every City,” in which she describes her experiences growing up in New Jersey, she raps, “Hillside brings beef with the cops.”Hillside Quick Fact
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.
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[update], 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
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
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· Providing critical and relevant information on a timely basis and facilitate two way dialogue between government and the community
Agendas & Minutes
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- Council Members
- Council Agendas
- Minutes to council meetings