NEW YORK (VINnews) — Former Brooklyn City Councilman and New York Supreme Court judge Noach Dear has passed away from coronavirus at the age of 67.
In 1975, Dear received both a B.S. from Brooklyn College and a M.S.W. from the Yu Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1991.
Dear served as a member of the New York City Council from 1983–2001, where he headed the Transportation Committee. In 1986, Dear also voted against a civil rights bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodation.
As a councilman, Dear had a close relationship with the Chareidi community and its needs and passed many laws in favor of the Chareidi sector in his precinct. He had a special relationship with the chasidic rebbes in New York and would come frequently to visit them at their homes and at their gatherings.
After completing his term as a councilman, Dear was appointed Commissioner of the Taxi and Limousine Commission in 2002, slated to serve a seven-year term. In 2008 Dear embarked on a judicial career, serving first as a civil court judge and then from 2015 as a Supreme Court judge in New York.
In 2017, Judge Noach Dear was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack. He was standing near the Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park when a man started yelling at him.
Dear, who was wearing his yarmulke, ignored the man as he walked to his car, then the man yelled out, “You ——– Jew, don’t you have a mouth?”
The judge got into his car, locked the doors and called police.
Dear was described by friends and colleagues as “a legendary public servant and representative who understood that his position should be used to help the most vulnerable and downtrodden. He was respected and admired. To watch him pray was an experience.”