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So long Simcha, thumbs down to Dear

In a world where city politics is often seen as a blood sport, City Councilmember Simcha Felder is a class act.

Known for his wry wit, intelligence and charm, Felder was an effective lawmaker for the 44th Council District representing Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst.

Among his more recent legislative victories was the recently-passed “five minute” bill allowing drivers an extra five minutes of parking when the meters expire before traffic enforcement agents can ticket them.

Felder’s resignation is a loss to his district, but a win for the city as he is well qualified to serve as Deputy Comptroller of Budget and Accounting in newly elected Comptroller John Liu’s office.

While we wish Simcha Felder all the mazel in the world, we also see great trepidation if his successor becomes former City Council member and current Civil Court Judge Noach Dear in the upcoming special election.

Dear’s tenure as City Council member was fraught with problems and the New York City Bar Association declared him unqualified to be a judge.

Indeed, the 44th City Council District has several outstanding residents to replace Felder.

David Greenfield, for one, comes to mind, and several other qualified candidates are sure to jump into the special election to be held within the next two months.

So in the end, we say fare thee well to one of Brooklyn’s better City Council members, and anybody but Dear.

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