Noach Dear, who served nearly two decades on the New York City Council as an outlier, advocating on behalf of the conservative agenda of his Orthodox Jewish constituents in Brooklyn while defending himself against accusations of conflicts of interest, died on Sunday April 19 2020 in Brooklyn. The cause was complications of the coronavirus. He was 66.
Mr. Dear was born on Nov. 20, 1953, the son of Sidney and Joan (Lipins) Dear. After attending Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in Brooklyn, he graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s degree in 1975 and a master’s in social work in 1977. He received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1991.
Mr. Dear was district manager of the local community board, served on the Taxi and Limousine Commission and was elected to the Civil Court in 2007 despite initially being rated “not approved” by the screening committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He was appointed an acting Supreme Court justice in 2010 and elected to a 15-year term on the State Supreme Court in 2015.
His survivors include his wife, Rickly (Neiman) Dear, a speech pathologist, and four daughters, Rivka, Adina, Chaviva and Aliza.
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1991
YU Wurzweiler School for Social Work, M.S.W., 1977
Brooklyn College, B.A., 1975
Commissioner, New York City TLC
Councilman, New York City Council
District Manager, Community Board 12, Brooklyn