With Simcha Felder leaving the City Council to go to the Comptroller’s Office (good luck Simcha!), there has been a lot of speculation about who is going to run for Simcha’s City Council seat. One name that has surfaced as a possible replacement for Simcha is Noach Dear.
Although Noach served in the City Council many years ago, I do not believe that a run for the City Council would be wise at this point. In fact, it would prove to be harmful to the Orthodox community.
Not that long ago, Noach was elected to serve as a New York State Civil Court Judge. Our community spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect him because we needed a frum Judge. As a judge, Noach is responsible for overseeing a wide variety of cases in the court, including the critical issues in today’s economy – debtor and creditor issues and foreclosures! People from Brooklyn’s frum communities of Borough Park, Flatbush, and Midwood appear before Judge Noach Dear on a regular basis, and we count on him to administer fair and compassionate justice. As a Judge, Noach understands the unique needs of the frum community, and having him on the Civil Court bench is vital. In today’s difficult economic times, many members of our community are unfortunately facing housing and foreclosure issues. Having Judge Dear in the courthouse looking out for our needs is invaluable, and to lose him as a judge would be devastating.
As far as I know, each of the other possible candidates to replace Simcha Felder in the City Council is frum. Each one is from our community, and presumably each one would be a good advocate for us in the City Council. Under the circumstances, we do not need Noach Dear to throw his hat into the ring as well. If he resigns as a judge to run for the City Council, the odds are that his replacement as a Civil Court Judge would not come from the frum community. His replacement would not be familiar with our community, and would probably not be as focused as Noach is on helping our community whenever possible. Not to mention, we would have wasted the hundreds of thousands of dollars we spent to elect him in the first place for the ten year term (Noach has only served two of the ten years)!
We need Noach Dear in the Civil Court, not in the City Council. Even though we will be losing our beloved Councilman Simcha Felder to the Comptroller’s office, his replacement will inevitably be a member of the frum community and someone who we know we can count on to fight for us. But if Noach Dear walks away from his judgeship, our community will be faced with the prospect of appearing in court before a judge who does not know or understand our community. The consequences of such a thing could be dire and could negatively impact our community. The best thing for our community is for Noach to remain a judge and watch over us in court, and for another member of our community to fight for us in City Hall.
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(Yanky Goldberg – YWN)