Montvale is a small borough of approximately 4 square miles ideally situated in the picturesque Pascack Valley of northeastern Bergen County, bordering on New York State. Its 7,000 residents enjoy a high quality of life with fine schools and recreation programs, and easy access to area shopping and cultural activities. Montvale's blend of corporate centers and residential areas make the Borough a unique suburban community with something to offer everyone.
The Borough of Montvale was chartered in 1894 as a Borough Council form of government in which the Mayor is elected to a four-year term and six council members are elected at large to serve staggered three-year terms. The Mayor and Council meet every second Tuesday of the month for regular meetings and on the last Tuesday of the month for executive sessions. Meetings are open to the public and residents are given the opportunity to speak on proposed ordinances and other matters of concern at both meetings. The first meeting of each month is televised on the local cable television access channel. The Borough Administrator is appointed by the Borough Council and is responsible for the implementation of policies of the Mayor and Council, for the administration of all Borough affairs, and for the day to day operations of the Borough. The Administrator is the chief administrative officer of the Borough. The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the Borough, and as such presides over all public meetings, provides leadership in the development of community projects and makes appointments to various boards. The Borough Council exercises all legislative powers including financial adoption of the municipal budget and bond ordinances and confirmation of the Mayor's appointments.
There are over 300 business and commercial establishments in Montvale, ranging from local merchants to national corporate headquarters. Planned development has resulted in a diversified mix of corporate campuses and smaller concerns. Financial institutions serving Montvale include Summit Bank, Commerce Bank, Hudson United Bank, Chase Home Mortgage Corp., Interchange Bank, First Union and Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Transportation The Borough's location is a plus for the corporations located in Montvale, the commuter coming to work or the resident commuting to surrounding areas. From its central location in the northern part of Bergen County, bordering New York's Rockland County, the Borough is just 15 miles from New York City via the George Washington Bridge. Major highway access in Montvale is provided by the Garden State Parkway. Nearby highways include the New Jersey Turnpike, the New York Thruway, Interstate Highway No. 80, the Palisades Interstate Parkway and State Highway No. 17. The Red and Tan Bus line (201-384-2400) offers frequent service from two Borough locations into New York City. Commuter rail service from the Montvale train station is provided by New Jersey Transit (800-772-2222). Hotels, Restaurants and Conference Facilities The Holiday Inn in Montvale features 188 deluxe rooms and suites, a catering/sales department and restaurant. In neighboring communities hotel facilities are available at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton and the Park Ridge Marriott. All offer excellent service in the form of accommodations, business and conference facilities, and fine restaurants. The Borough and the greater Montvale area has many restaurants that offer fine dining, family fare or fast food.