Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop released the following statement following the passing of Ward D Councilman Michael Yun from complications due to COVID-19:
“We are beyond saddened by the passing of Councilman Michael Yun. He was a family man, a great businessman, and a tireless advocate for Jersey City throughout his nearly 3 decades of public service. More than that though, he was a great husband, father, and grandfather as he never missed a chance to share how proud he was of his family. This is devastating for all of us here, as Michael was part of our Jersey City family. We will miss him and we will continue to aggressively fight against this pandemic, now in his honor.”
Fulop this afternoon tweeted that ‘It’s w/a heavy heart that we share that Councilman Yun has passed away. He was a great co worker and a tireless advocate for the people of #JerseyCity – More than that he was a great father, husband, and grandfather. I can speak for the entire JC community that we are devastated’.
Governor Murphy paid tribute to Yun at his daily briefing on Monday afternoon.
Yun had been hospitalized due to COVID-19; Councilman Lavarro has also tested positive from COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home, as of last week.
Fulop sent out the following message in honor of Yun: ‘With a heavy heart, I am sharing that Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun has passed away. It has been a privilege to work alongside him all these years.
Michael lived in the Heights since 1981 after coming to the United States in 1979. Truly, he embodies the American Dream and all of the things that Jersey City represents. After moving here, he and his wife opened their business on Central Ave in 1982. A few years later, he was a founding member of Jersey City’s first special improvement district.
Michael was a great father, husband, grandfather, businessman, neighbor and much more. I could go on and on about his community involvement, his passion to make Jersey City a great place to work and live, the countless awards and recognitions he has received for his work, or even how proud of his family he was.
Ever since he moved to Jersey City, he has worked hard, chased his dreams and remained an active member of the community. He was one of the most dedicated public servants I have ever met. He is the picture of Jersey City and he will be greatly missed. I can speak for the entire Jersey City community in saying that we are devastated.
On behalf of Jersey City, our sincerest condolences go out to his family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We will continue to aggressively fight against this virus, now in his honor.’
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