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Teaneck has 23 municipally owned parks, of which 14 are developed. Overpeck County Park, which is also in portions of Englewood, Leonia, Ridgefield Park and Palisades Park, is more than 800 acres in size of which about 550 were donated by Teaneck. Major institutions within Teaneck are a campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University and Holy Name Hospital.
About 80% of the residents live in single family homes, the balance are in garden apartments, two family homes, apartment houses and condominiums. There is a little light industry and only one major development, Glenpointe, which includes town houses, a hotel, two office buildings and a retail shopping area. A community that has historically paid attention to the aesthetic aspects of life, Teaneck prides itself on being the only municipality that has no commercial development on Route 4, a major east-west highway that bisects the community.
Teaneck's reputation was enhanced when it was selected in 1949 as America's model community. A film made in Teaneck was shown in Occupied Japan as part of the Army's education program to show democracy in action. The national spotlight focused on Teaneck a second time in the 1960's when it became the first community in the nation to vote for integrated schools. The sequence of events was the subject of a book entitled "Triumph in a White Suburb" written by a Township resident.
The Mayor, elected from among the Council members themselves, serves for two years. The Mayor presides over all meetings and votes on every issue as a regular member. The Mayor is an ex officio member of the Planning Board and the Library Board. The Mayor appoints the members of the Library Board, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Environmental Commission and one member of the Planning Board. The Mayor executes bonds, notes, contracts and written obligations of the Township and is empowered by State Law to perform marriages.
The Municipal Manager, appointed to the position by the Council, is the Township's full-time professional chief executive officer. The duties include implementation of Council policies, enforcing ordinances and coordination of the activities of all departments and employees. The Manager makes recommendations to the Council on relevant matters, appoints and removes Township employees and investigates and acts on complaints. The Manager also appoints the Municipal Court's Prosecutor and Public Defender, and members of the Rent Board and Local Assistance Board.
The Municipal Clerk is appointed by and serves as secretary to the Council. Responsibilities include filing contracts, ordinances, resolutions and other official documents, supervising voter registration and elections, receiving communications for consideration by the Council, and many other duties.