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Cosgrove, John
Cosgrove, John

John J. Cosgrove, founder and president of Atlantic Handling Systems, a leading materials handling solution provider, is a successful businessman, government official and community volunteer.  

A lifelong resident of Fair Lawn, John’s volunteer activities are numerous.  He has held every office in the Fair Lawn Fire Department and served as Fire Chief in 1997.  He was awarded the Fair Lawn Fire Department Valor Award, Citation Star for Bravery and the VFW Valor Award in 1991 for his heroic actions in the rescue of an unconscious man from a burning house fire.

John has served as a volunteer coach for baseball, street hockey, softball and lacrosse.  He founded the Fair Lawn Lacrosse Club and the Fair Lawn Touchdown Club and served as president of both.  John also served on the Board of Directors of the following:  The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center; Fair Lawn High School Parents Committee for Athletics (President 2002-2008); Fair Lawn Athletic Hall of Fame; St. Catherine’s Fathers Guild; Fair Lawn Old Timers; Fair Lawn Football Association; Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (President, 2007); Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce and Fair Lawn Community Center 501(c) 3 Chairman.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center and is the President of Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary.

Mr. Cosgrove, named Fair Lawn Citizen of the Year in 2007, is a three time recipient of the Bergen County Volunteer of the Year Award and the recipient of the Bergen Regional Medical Benefactor Award.  He received the Horizon Award from Skyline Theatres in 2013.  The John J. Cosgrove Gymnasium at the Fair Lawn Community Center was named in his honor.  

Mr. Cosgrove was elected to the Fair Lawn Borough Council and is currently serving his 5th consecutive term as Mayor. Prior to serving as Mayor he served one term as the Borough’s Deputy Mayor. Mayor Cosgrove was selected as the District 38 Republican person of the year in 2017.  

In 2015, Mayor Cosgrove received the Bergen County United Way “Oscar” for Best Mayor in a Leading Role, given in recognition of his efforts to help individuals with special needs.  He is also the recipient of the 2015 CarePlus Foundation Courage Award, which honors his service and courage regarding the advancement of mental health.   He has also received the distinguished citizen’s award from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2016.

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