Nearly a dozen Jersey City officials recorded video tributes in remembrance of Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, who tragically passed away due to complications from the coronavirus on Monday.
The elected officials all independently filmed their tributes and their videos were compiled by the Hudson Media Group and HCV. That segment then ran on our regular 30-minute TV spot yesterday.
“Michael, you were one of a kind and the thing I most admired about you was your clarity of purpose. You were in public service for all the right reasons. You fought for taxpayers, you fought, for seniors, you fought for the people of the Heights and you did it no matter what the political consequences might be,” said Ward E Councilman James Solomon.
Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano, who was friends with Yun for 46 years, expressed the camaraderie he had built with his colleague.
“We shared many, many of the same views on community, people, neighborhoods and I am really going to miss him. We were always together on certain issues, we were allies on the council and Michael was always there to support me … This is a great loss to Jersey City.”
Additionally, Mayor Steven Fulop noted that he’d known Yun for 16 years and gave credit for his tireless work ethic and ability to organize a coalition, which was on display in his two council victories in 2013 and 2017 – running by himself on both occasions.
“I’ve had the privilege of working closely with him and I’ve also had the privilege of learning about him being an opposition to him. We ran two candidates against him in two different elections – we got our ass kicked both times – it speaks to his ability to organize again and how much the public trusts him,” the mayor said.
Others who paid homage to Yun are Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley, Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro, Freeholders Bill O’Dea (D-2) and Anthony Romano (D-5), Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Assembly members Annette Chaparro and Raj Mukherji (both D-33), and HMG President Pat O’Melia.
While public gatherings remain on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, city officials are holding a remote candlelight vigil for Yun this evening at 7:30 p.m.