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Guttenberg (pronounced GUT-en-berg), is a town in Hudson Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population was 10,807. The town is a bedroom community with about 36% of its employed residents working in New York Citymarker.

Only four blocks wide, Guttenberg is one of the smallest municipalities in New Jersey. However, it is also the most densely populated incorporated place in the country, with over twice the density of New York City.

Guttenberg was formed as a town on March 9, 1859, from portions of North Bergen Townshipmarker.

Recent scandals include the convictions of the mayor, David Delle Donna, and his wife, a member of the town planning board, on federal extortion and mail fraud charges; a former mayor, Peter LaVilla, who pleaded guilty in 2003 to misappropriating campaign funds and using the money for a private brokerage account; a councilman who resigned after being accused of receiving illegal advances on his salary; and a chief financial officer, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to misappropriation of funds.


Guttenberg is located at (40.793750, -74.006541).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2), of which, 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (16.67%) is water. It borders the Hudson River, across from Manhattan's Upper West Side.


As of the census of 2000, there were 10,807 people, 4,493 households, and 2,619 families residing in the town. The population density was 21,961.1/km2 (56,012.0/sq mi), making it the most densely populated municipality in North America. There were 4,650 housing units at an average density of 24,100.7/sq mi (9,449.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 64.98% White, 3.81% African American, 0.38% Native American, 7.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 16.42% from other races, and 7.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 54.33% of the population.

There were 4,493 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,515, and the median income for a family was $47,440. Males had a median income of $38,628 versus $33,154 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,931. About 11.1% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.


The town hall of Guttenberg.

Local government

Guttenberg operates under the Town form of New Jersey municipal government, and is governed by a mayor and a five-member council. Town council members are elected at-large to two-year terms on a staggered basis in partisan elections.

The Mayor of Guttenberg is Gerald Drasheff.

Mayor Delle Donna was sworn into his second four-year term of office on January 1, 2004. On September 28, 2007, Delle Donna and his wife, Anna Delle Donna, a member of the Guttenberg planning board, were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The couple was convicted of conspiring to commit extortion and tax fraud, but were found not guilty on two counts of mail fraud. Each was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison. Their sentences were reduced on appeal.

Members of the Guttenberg Town Council are Drasheff, Alfonso Caso, Donna Florio,Adela Martinez and Efrain Velez.

Federal, state and county representation

Guttenberg is in the Thirteenth Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 33rd Legislative District.

Guttenberg is in Freeholder District 7 of the County's Board of Chosen Freeholders, and is represented by Jose C. Muñoz, who also represents Weehawkenmarker and West New Yorkmarker.


For Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, 923 public school students from Guttenberg (as of 2005-06, per the National Center for Education Statistics) attend the Anna L. Klein School as part of the Guttenberg Public School District.

For grades 9 - 12, public school students attend North Bergen High Schoolmarker in North Bergenmarker, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the North Bergen School District.

Notable landmarks

  • The Galaxy Towersmarker were built in the late 1970s. The three towers rise 415 ft (126 m). The complex is located in the southeastern corner of Guttenberg overlooking the Hudson River and contain 1,075 apartments. The Galaxy was developed by Prudential Insurance Company. The complex consists of three octagonal skyscrapers. Access to the Galaxy is via a circular tree-lined driveway (the Plaza) off Boulevard East on top of the Palisades.


Portions of Guttenberg are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide). The Guttenberg Urban Enterprise Zone covers business in the following areas:
  • Bergenline Avenue – 68th Street to 71st Street
  • Park Avenue – 68th Street to 71st Street
  • 70th Street – Park Avenue to Bergenline Avenue
  • 69th Street – Park Avenue to Boulevard East
  • 69th Street to 71st Street – Boulevard East
  • 70th Street to 71st Street – Broadway


New Jersey Transit bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminalmarker in Midtown Manhattan on the 128, 154, 156, 158, 159, 165, 166, 168 routes; to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminalmarker on the 181 and 188 routes; and to other New Jersey communities served on the 22, 23, 84/86, 88 and 89 routes.

The closest airport in New Jersey with scheduled passenger service is Newark Liberty International Airportmarker, located 14.9 miles away in Newarkmarker / Elizabethmarker, about 22 minutes away. New York Citymarker's LaGuardia Airportmarker is 17.7 miles away in Flushing, Queens via the George Washington Bridgemarker (approximately 31 minutes).

Emergency services


The Guttenberg Police Department was among the many Hudson County agencies that responded to the January 2009 crash of Flight 1549marker, for which they received accolades from the survivors.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Guttenberg include:


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  3. Sampson, Peter. "Guttenberg mayor, wife charged", The Record , September 28, 2007. Accessed October 6, 2007. "The mayor of Guttenberg and his wife shook down a local bar owner for money they used to pay for cosmetic surgery, gambling in Atlantic City, and accessories for their dog, federal authorities said Friday after arresting the pair."
  4. Miller, Johnathan. "F.B.I. Raids on the Mayor Make Him Topic A in a Small Town", The New York Times, February 16, 2007. Accessed October 6, 2007. "In 2003, the former mayor, Peter LaVilla, pleaded guilty to misappropriating campaign funds and using the money for a private brokerage account after an investigation by the United States attorney’s office. In 2002, a councilman accused of receiving illegal advances on his salary resigned, although he was never formally charged. The same year, the town’s chief financial officer pleaded guilty to misappropriation of funds."
  5. 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 145.
  6. 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 58. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  7. Data for the Guttenberg School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 27, 2008.
  8. Staff. "Schools and taxes: Vote on school board, budgets this Tuesday", Hudson Reporter, April 13, 2008. Accessed April 27, 2008. "In tiny Guttenberg, the race is actually more interesting, even though the town only has one school (Anna L. Klein School) and sends its high schoolers to North Bergen High."
  9. Geographic & Urban Redevelopment Tax Credit Programs: Urban Enterprise Zone Employee Tax Credit, State of New Jersey. Accessed July 28, 2008.
  10. Guttenberg Urban Enterprise Zone Program, accessed March 15, 2007
  11. Hudson County Bus/rail Connections, New Jersey Transit. Accessed July 3, 2007.
  12. Google Maps: Guttenberg, NJ to EWR, accessed March 15, 2007.
  13. Google Maps: Guttenberg, NJ to LGA, accessed March 15, 2007.
  14. "'Miracle on the Hudson' survivors to return to waterfront" The Union City Reporter; July 26, 2009; Page 4
  15. Tricia Tirella. "A pat on the back" The Union City Reporter; Pages 5 & 17
  16. Shortell, Tom. "Running for governor, 'plot' theories intact", The Jersey Journal, December 4, 2008. Accessed December 19, 2008.
  17. Eurocup Basketball Accessed January 15, 2009.
  18. Video interview. "Steve Carell On Fox 5" 18 Sep 2009

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