Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00
One of the most remarkable figures in the history of East Hills politics has passed away.
Judge Arthur Goldberg, who served an amazing 38 years as Justice of the Village of East Hills, died on Friday, April 9.
A native of Queens County, Arthur grew up in Richmond Hill and studied at the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy before entering the Navy and serving as an officer on the USS New Jersey. He would continue to serve in the Naval Reserve for many years after his discharge.
After service in the Navy, Arthur attended New York University School of Law, where he enjoyed a long and distinguished career at the bar. He was a founding partner of the firm Jacobson, Goldberg & Kulb of Garden City.
Arthur and his wife Judith moved to East Hills in 1966, and raised three sons, Jacob, Daniel and Adam there, all of whom attended the Roslyn Public Schools.
He made his biggest mark while serving as the Justice of the Village of East Hills for 38 years, retiring in 2007. During that time, he also served as president of the Nassau County Magistrates Association.
“Arthur was one of the finest, gentlest and most admirable people I have ever been privileged to know,” said East Hills Mayor Michael R. Koblenz. “He was a good friend to anyone who sought out his guidance and sage; he was a giant of a person and a giant in the law. The endless good deeds that Arthur performed for our community will never be forgotten. Although quite humble and always modest, he has become a legend in our community and the example he set will now become the standard for others to follow.
“He was a man who was respected by everyone; distinguished by all; and a person who possessed the highest principles and the greatest integrity,” Mayor Koblenz continued. “Perhaps what I remember most about Arthur was the warmth which radiated from him and the true affection he always showed to others. He loved people and people loved him.”
In addition to his work in the Village of East Hills, Judge Goldberg served Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn Heights in many roles, including as its president. He was a longtime member and a former Chairman of the Council of Overseers of his undergraduate alma mater (now known as the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of LIU) and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Long Island University. Judge Goldberg was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university in 1995.
In addition to his three sons and wife, he is survived by his daughters-in-law, Chari, Christine and Monica, six grandchildren, Louis, Hannah, Emma, Lucy, Sadie, and Josiah and a sister Lila Eisner.