Here Come Da Judges and Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn Ya


Noach Dear, from Councilman to judge.

So the results are in and former City Councilman Noach Dear has been elected the Civil Court judge for Brooklyn’s Fifth Municipal Court District, receiving 3,776 votes to his opponent Karen Yellen’s 2,554, according to preliminary Board of Election tallies.

Here’s what Tom Robbins had to say about Dear’s run for the robes earlier this month:

As much as anyone in his political generation, Noach Dear has embraced the true spirit of his Tammany Hall forefathers, seizing the advantage wherever he sees it.
Dear, a Democrat from Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood, served on the City Council for 18 years until the tyranny of term limits put an end to his livelihood. When this spurious reform dumped him from office in 2001, Dear was just 47, still in his political prime. Even though his council fan club could have met in a broom closet, there was no one disputing that Dear, a short man with a goatee and a brash manner, had proven himself a tremendous political fundraiser, a tenacious favor-seeker, and one of the council’s classic connivers. These are perfect attributes for a career in politics, and Dear was determined to find a way back into the business for which he had shown such a remarkable aptitude.

In the other Brooklyn judicial race chronicled by Robbins, Diana Johnson was victorious, defeating a candidate who may or may not have even lived in the borough of Brooklyn.

ShawnDya Simpson, whom some say lived in New Jersey and not just some of the time, received 16,095 votes in the race to be the next judge of Surrogate’s Court in Brooklyn. Johnson won with 23,454 votes, according to preliminary results.

Here’s a little background on the position from Robbin’s August 7th piece “A Hire Calling”:

The previous surrogate, Michael Feinberg, was removed in 2005 after he was found to have improperly awarded $8.5 million in fees to a crony. The judge before him also left under a cloud. The current surrogate, Margarita Lopez Torres, won the job by running as a reformer (thus inspiring the Democratic machine to create a second judge’s slot that Simpson and Johnson are now seeking to fill). Lopez Torres has made reforms, cutting down on appointments and fees. Lawyers on Brooklyn’s Court Street now refer to her as “that incompetent.”