New York City continues to be pummeled by coronavirus cases and deaths, and on Sunday, it was announced that Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Noach Dear was one of the casualties.
Dear’s son-in-law told the New York Post of the 66-year-old former City Councilman’s death on Sunday.
Another devastating loss
“This is such sad news,” said former colleague Dov Hikind. “Noach was a champion, a friend and fighter for his people and all of his constituents.
“He especially cared for the voiceless and powerless, and dedicated his every single day to making the world a better place.”
Dear served as a New York City councilman for 18 years before being elected to the Brooklyn Supreme Court in 2015.
Councilman Kalman Yeger tweeted in tribute to the justice, “Compassionate, funny, pragmatic, always patient & loved people. His lifelong public service touched many thousands.”
New York fights on
New York has been hit the hardest of any state in the union, but the numbers are beginning to show drastic improvement.
The New York Times reported on Monday that coronavirus deaths dropped for the fifth day in a row on Sunday to 507 from a high of 800 at the peak.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that the state is “past the high point” and that “all indications at this point are that we are on a descent.”
“We are on the other side of the plateau and the numbers are coming down,” he added.
Calls for emergency services have dropped almost 50 percent since the peak in late March, signaling that not only has the death rate fallen off sharply, but the new infection rate is following suit as well.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was not as optimistic about the outlook as Gov. Cuomo, saying on Sunday that “When you’re still losing hundreds of people a day, hundreds of people are dying a day, when your I.C.U.s are still full, that’s not turning the corner.”