Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun has passed away of a COVID-19 related illness.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we share that Councilman Yun has passed away,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “He was a great co worker and a tireless advocate for the people of Jersey City. More than that he was a great father, husband, and grandfather. I can speak for the entire JC community that we are devastated.”
Hudson County View reported on March 29 that Yun had tested positive for the deadly coronavirus and was on oxygen in an intensive care unit.
He was elected to the city council in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. He represented Ward D, The Heights section of Jersey City.
In 2013, Yun led Assemblyman Sean Connors (D-Jersey City) in the May non-partisan Ward D election by 474 votes, 43%-34% in a four-candidate race. He won the runoff against Connors by 431 votes, 57%-43%.
As a candidate for re-election in 2017, Yun easily won a second term. He defeated Mo Kinberg by a 58%-30% margin and a plurality of 1,336 votes in a field of four candidates.
Yun emigrated to the United States in 1979 and had lived in Jersey City since 1981.
The owner of Garden State News since 1982, Yun was a founder of the Jersey City’s first Special Improvement District and served as president and board chairman for 20 years.
He was among the leaders of a move to establish Jersey City as an Urban Enterprise Zone, and spent 20 years as president of the Jersey City Merchant’s Council.
Mayor Bret Schundler appointed Yun to serve as a commissioner of the Jersey City Development Agency in 1992.
He also served on the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, the Hudson County Strategic Revitalization Committee, and the Jersey City Master Plan Advisory Committee.
Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) said he was “deeply saddened” by the news of Yun’s passing.
“We met several times over his tenure and he always advocated passionately for his Ward D constituents and his beloved Jersey City,” Sires said.
Two other Jersey City politicians, councilman Rolando Lavarro and Hudson County Clerk Junior Maldonado, have also tested positive.
On Saturday. Weehawken Board of Education president Richard Barsa, Sr. died of complications from COVID-19.