Noach Dear

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Noach Dear
Judge Noach Dear.jpg
Justice of New York Supreme Court
Assumed office
Nov 5, 2015
Preceded by Judge David Schmidt
Personal details
Born 1953
Political party Democratic
Religion Jewish

Noach Dear (born 1953) is a New York Supreme Court Judge, elected in 2008 as a civil court judge, and in 2015 for a 15-year term on the Supreme Court.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

As a child, he was in Eli Lipsker's Pirchei Agudath Israel Choir, and sang on the first New York Pirchei album, "Pirchei Sings אליך ה' אקרא".[2]


Dear served as a member of the New York City Council from 1983–2001, Dear headed the Transportation Committee and opposed commuter vans, otherwise known as "dollar vans," as a transportation alternative while in office.[3] Dear advocated for support for the state of Israel and concern for the issues impacting the primarily Jewish-and heavily Orthodox Jewish-residents in his community, which included Midwood, as well as large swaths of Borough Park and Bensonhurst. In 1986, Dear voted against a civil rights bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodation.[4]

Dear was appointed to the Taxi and Limousine Commission in 2002, slated to serve a seven-year term.

Dear was widely seen as a political rival of Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents many of the same constituents that Dear once represented while in office, and comes from an Orthodox Jewish heritage.

Term-limited out of office, Dear launched an uphill campaign for the New York State Senate seat now held by Kevin Parker in 2002. In a five candidate field Dear narrowly lost to Parker by a margin of 909 votes.[5] Dear also ran in a Democratic congressional primary that chose the successor to Charles Schumer in 1998, which saw him face three other candidates, including the eventual winner, Anthony Weiner. After losing that primary Dear went on to contest the general election as the Republican nominee, a race in which he was overwhelmingly defeated.


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  2. ^ Ginsberg, Rachel. "Catch a Falling Star: How do former child stars navigate life after the glitz and glitter is gone?" Mishpacha, April 9, 2014, p. 152.
  3. ^ Waldman, Amy. 1997. "Veto Aids a 'Dollar Van' Line" New York Times
  4. ^ GOLDMAN, JOHN J. (21 March 1986). "N.Y. Passes Gay Rights Bill After 15-Year Debate". Retrieved 24 January 2017 – via LA Times. 
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Political offices
Preceded by
Susan Alter
New York City Council, 32nd District
Succeeded by
Walter Ward
Preceded by
New district
New York City Council, 44th District
Succeeded by
Simcha Felder