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Oh, Dear! Disgraced Noach gets promotion and raise

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A corrupt and anti-gay former City Councilman who managed to win a Civil Court seat two years after embarrassed Democratic party officials backed him so that he would stop running for public office, has actually been promoted.

Not only that, but Civil Court Judge Noach Dear even got a raise.

Court officials confirmed on Thursday that Dear was made an Acting Supreme Court Judge, a move that includes an $11,000 boost to the $125,600 he was already getting in civil court.

Dear was one of eight jurists elevated to the Supreme Court to help tackle the glut of foreclosure cases, spokesman David Bookstaver explained.

Supporters of Dear say that his promotion was earned because of his work on consumer debt on the civil court.

But if Dear did a good job on debt cases, there’s a reason: the Borough Park jurist was self taught.

Let’s look at Dear’s own case file:

• In the early 1980s, then-Attorney General Robert Abrams accused Dear of “breaking laws governing charities” after he allegedly used money from a private foundation to pay for his car phone and a plane ticket for his wife. Dear was never convicted of any wrongdoing.

• During a failed 1997 run for Congress, Dear was accused of accepting $564,000 in contributions — a number that far exceeded federal limits. He agreed to pay $300,000 back, but a follow-up audit showed that the refunds were never made. The case was ultimately closed in August, 2004, after his campaign refunded the donors and paid $45,000 in penalties, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

Dear was term-limited out of the Council in 2000. After four failed attempts for Congress and state Senate, he was elected to the bench in 2007, thanks mostly to the support of Brooklyn Democratic Boss Vito Lopez and Borough President Markowitz, who many believe wanted Dear out of the election game for awhile.

But, for Dear, even the usually quick and easy road to a Civil Court seat was cratered with controversy, the biggest being the Brooklyn Bar Association and the New York Bar Association who both said he was unqualified.

Brooklyn’s Lesbian and Gay community was also enraged, recalling how Dear fought a gay rights bill in 1986 and often compared homosexuals to criminals and deviants during his tenure at City Hall.

“The judiciary should never be a dumping ground for failed politicians, especially those who have had such notable and ethical problems of their own,” the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading gay political group, wrote after Dear’s victory.

Calls to Dear’s chambers for comment were not returned. But that’s not a surprise. Over the years, Dear has done whatever he could to avoid the press. so much so that during his race for Civil Court, he was actually videotaped backing down a one-way street to avoid a Channel 2 reporter. All the public got to see was the candidate’s SUV — going in reverse.

Check it out here: http://wcbstv.com/video/?id=103408@wcbs.dayport.com

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

B from B says:
Shame on Thomas and the Brooklyn Paper for this hatchet job.

While I have had strong differences with Dear in the past, it seems that he has really made a difference in the consumer debt arena. Shockingly, even the Village Voice, who had clobbered him in the past, as well as the New York Times, recently wrote glowing pieces about his work in court. If those two ultra-liberal organs managed to run such pieces, I would assume that there is something to it.

Does the paper believe that people cannot improve for the good? Shame on the paper! Stop pandering to your homosexual readers. Dear is entitled to oppose their agenda. If they are in debt, in court, and don't like it, let them request another judge, who is not so zealous to protect the little guy against overly aggressive creditors, who have messed up so many people's lives.
April 19, 2010, 3:58 pm
Abe from Boro Park says:
The true facts, please:

1. Dear won a primary for his Judge nomination, against a more liberal female (women usually win judge primaries in Brooklyn) candidate, and Markowitz, Lopez, et al, carried absolutely NO weight in the campaign & outcome. Matter of fact, this is the first time I hear of their support.
2. In democrarcy, the voters decide, not the various Bar Assns., whose screeners have their ambitions & agendas, such as catering to the gay movements.
3. As a Judge, Dear won accolades from former dear-haters like the Village Voice (front page feature), & the New York Times. Probably that carried more weight when they looked for the most qualified judges to promote.

If Dear's principal fault lies in his unchanging nature, not becoming pro-gay when that became p.c., then you are gulity of the same vice, not willing to change & recognize that yes, Noach Dear is a GREAT Judge & a pride to the Judicial system!
April 20, 2010, 11:29 am
david from brooklyn says:
Hi
I was in court and feel dear is a great asset for new yorkers
He should be promoted to u.s. Supreme court all people
Can benefit from him he is smart with a smile and here
To help I wish him good luck and don't care what his
Opponent will write there is always critic no one is liked
Is liked by all keep up your good work
Oct. 31, 2011, 11:57 am
david from brooklyn says:
Hi
I was in court and feel dear is a great asset for new yorkers
He should be promoted to u.s. Supreme court all people
Can benefit from him he is smart with a smile and here
To help I wish him good luck and don't care what his
Opponent will write there is always critic no one is liked
Is liked by all keep up your good work
Oct. 31, 2011, 11:57 am
I see the truth from Bay Ridge says:
Seriously! Who are all these people kidding --- this is a crooked judge --- look at all his decisions --- especially the ones that are associated with Robert Judge --- --- the attorney that files against people that he does not even notify! Check and see how many contributions came from landlords.
Feb. 4, 2012, 9:07 pm
I see the truth from Bay Ridge says:
Also note that this Judge Noah Dear does NOT even have a law degree!!!! He was never an attorney. He is not qualified to be a judge!!!!! What is wrong with our system????
Feb. 4, 2012, 9:08 pm
Attorney from New York says:
I am an attorney who appears in front of this "judge" (and I use that term very loosely) regularly. Noach has no idea what the law is on ANY subject, and just proceeds to do whatever is best for the defendant in that case. He is biased towards the Plaintiffs, his decisions are all wrong and based on what he believes would help with his election to whatever seat he wants next.
A dead monkey can do a better job at following the law then he does. His biased is pointed out int he article in the Village Voice, the same article his supporters taut. he is quoted as saying that "he likes to fight for the little guy." Stupid Noach doesn't realize that while he is sitting on the bench, he is not supposed to be fighting for anyone, but rather an unbiased decider of the law and fact.

This guy is a disgrace to all attorneys, to all judges, and to all humans. The court system should do the right thing and take him off the bench.
May 26, 2012, 6:49 pm
HELP!!! from parkslope says:
I went in front of dear this month on a foreclosure action filing a T.R.O. to stop the sale of my property this stupid judge not only would not read the order to show cause he flat out refuse to sign it stayed or denied and my sale date is may 30th 2013, this is so clear this judge is on the take YES TAKE he has promise my property to one of his jewish lenchman that why it was only listed in the jewish press. I need HELP to put a stop to this CROOKED JUDGE he was more interested in how much my house is worth then my case and the court will do nothing to stop this CROOK
May 27, 2013, 8:52 am
Donald from Bed-Stuy says:
Dear may be great at dealing with credit cases but he doesn't seem inclined to deal with much else.

He has a lot of personality but he doesn't listen. He interrupts, he argues for the opposing attorney in my pro se case. He's a "fast-talker" who tries to wear you down with his lip and interruptions.

He seems to have a pro-jewish bias for anything that isn't a credit case.

Unfortunately, not listening seems to be rampant with judges at 141 Livingston Street. There's a lot of ego, bias and ignorance (ignoring) of the law.

I'm not surprised there's controversy in Dear's past and questions about his qualifications.
Sept. 30, 2013, 8:48 pm
savemyhome500 from forte greene says:
I completely agree with park slope the same thing happen to me he is corrupt and on the take he would not sign my foreclosure judgement and sale until he got his money from the bank. This needs to stop the courts know he is a piece of —— and a crook i guess they let him continue is corruption so they can continue theirs.
Oct. 21, 2013, 7:42 am

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