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Interviews with Albert Burstein

Albert Burstein served from 1972 to 1982 in the New Jersey General Assembly representing Bergen County, including a term as Majority Leader. A Jersey City native, his interest in politics was sparked in 1959 when he was named counsel to the Jersey City Charter Commission. After moving to Bergen County, he became active in Tenafly politics in the 1960’s.  He was first elected by just over 2,000 votes to the State Assembly in 1971, when legislative redistricting created a new Englewood/Teaneck seat that improved the election prospects for the Democrats.  In 1973, he won more easily, aided by the landslide win of Brendan Byrne over Congressman Charles Sandman and voter backlash at the Republican Party resulting from the Watergate scandal. While in the Assembly, Assemblyman Burstein was the Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee from 1974-75 and again from 1980-81. He also served on other committees and commissions, including: the Election Law Revision Committee, the Capital Budgeting and Planning Commission, and the Public Employees Relations Study Commission. He was the sponsor of Title 19A, a total revision of the State’s election laws, and the Gubernatorial Public Financing Law of 1974. He was a key leader of those legislators seeking to confront the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Robinson v. Cahill litigation through enacting measures to increase State financing and oversight of the performance of of public schools and enact spending controls.

In 2006, Mr. Burstein received the Daniel J. O’Hern Award, which is presented annually by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law for outstanding character and career achievement and a display of firm commitment to the ideals of professionalism. At the time of this interview, Burstein was a partner in the Hackensack law firm of Herten, Burstein, Sheridan, Cevasco, Bottinelli, Litt, & Harz, L.L.C.

Mr. Burstein also spent time as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission; a New Jersey Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Council of Trusts and Estates Counsel, former Chair of the New Jersey Law Revision Commission, former Chairman of the Bergen County District Ethics Committee and a member of the New Jersey Law Journal editorial board. He held a B.A. and a law degree from Columbia University. Al Burstein died at the age of 96 on December 27, 2018.


Interview on May 15, 2006Transcript available here (.pdf)


Interview on May 13 & June 6, 2006Transcript available here (.pdf)