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Cliffside Park 50-year Mayor Gerry Calabrese hospitalized

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The longest-serving mayor in state history — a former pro basketball player — remained hospitalized for pneumonia during NBA All-Star weekend, two weeks after his 88th birthday.

Gerald “Gerry” Calabrese is known for an enormous list of accomplishments, but few may know that he played two seasons with the Syracuse Nationals after becoming the 23rd overall pick in the 1950 draft.

During the 1951-52 seasons, the 6-foot-1 point guard averaged nearly five points and a both an assist and a half and rebound a half.

The Nationals, who won a title in 1955, moved to Philadelphia and became the 76ers after the 1962-63 season.

Calabrese, who led Cliffside Park High School to a state championship, was an All-American at St. John’s University ( PHOTO ABOVE ).

A former Bergen County freeholder and county Democratic party boss, Calabrese has been the eastern Bergen borough’s mayor for 50 years.

Borough spokesman Bill Maer confirmed for CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight that Calabrese was admitted to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center on Friday.

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