Albert Moskin

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Albert Moskin

Hon. Albert Moskin
Born March 5, 1900 [1]
Died June 10, 1994 [1]
Miami, Fl
Nationality American
Occupation Pharmacist
Employer Moskin Pharmacy
Home town Englewood, NJ
Known for Mayor of Englewood (1956-1959)
Religious beliefs Jewish
Spouse(s) Rose (d. 1994)

Albert Moskin (March 5, 1900-June 10, 1994) - Mr. Moskin, an Englewood native, served 36 years in municipal and county government before retiring from public service in 1965. A pharmacist, he continued to operate Moskin's Pharmacy until 1980. He died in Bal Harbour, Fla., where he had lived since retiring [2]

While in politics, Mr. Moskin served as a councilman in Englewood's 4th Ward from 1933 to 1951.

After a term as councilman-at-large, he was twice elected mayor. In 1958, he was elected to a one-year unexpired term as freeholder and then reelected twice to three-year terms before his defeat in 1964 in a Democratic sweep of Bergen County.

In all, Mr. Moskin was elected six times to three-year terms as a Republican councilman in a predominantly Democratic ward. His good-natured demeanor and willingness to help neighbors outweighed his political affiliation, said his son, Donald.

"You wouldn't think of him as a politician. You would think more of him as a best friend," Donald Moskin said. "He was just a fair-minded guy. He did what was best for the community. "Any time anyone would ask him to do something, he would help," Donald Moskin added. "He would help people find jobs. He once helped a doctor get on his feet. When ministers wanted variances to build churches, he would help." Mr. Moskin's political career started in 1929, when he was appointed to serve on the Englewood Board of Police Commissioners. Born March 5, 1900, Mr. Moskin served for nine months during World War I.

Educated at Columbia University, New York University, and the Newark College of Pharmacy of Rutgers University, he started his pharmacy career in 1920 and later opened his pharmacy on West Palisade Avenue in 1962. He also served as custodian of Bergen County buildings from 1940 to 1958.

Controversy

In 1936 he was embroiled in a brouhaha over his failure to allow African-Americans, then referred to as "Colored People" into a Jack's Society Dance at Lafayette Grill, at the corner of Lafayette and Englewood Ave. Then Councilman Moskin, Republican leader of the 4th ward was blamed. Lyde, director of the dance, explained that he wished he had followed the advice of then Police Chief Peterson, to file a separate application for a license. [3] The article goes on to prophetically suggest that the black community of the 4th ward was "planning a fight to get black representation" on the Council. Two years later, he was still the 4th ward councilman, and appeared at integrated speeches which were a huge success. [4]

Personal life

Mr. Moskin was a member of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, the Englewood Jewish Community Center, the American Legion, the Jewish War Veterans, the Bergen County Pharmaceutical Association, and the Englewood Chapter of B'nai B'rith.

Besides his son Donald, of Boca Raton FL, he also is survived by another son, Alan, of Nanuet, NY, four grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

His wife, Rose, died in 1987.

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