Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun died of Coronavirus who had fundraised for Nepal’s earthquake
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Exclusive: Exclusive: A true leader of masses, Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun died of Coronavirus infection who had fundraised thousands of dollars for Nepal’s earthquake victims. His humanitarian act of kindness will be never forgotten by Nepali community. He was also supporting of Jersey City Council’s work on passing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Resolutions twice for Nepali residing in the United States in 2015 and 2018. Councilman Yun was also big part of the historic Flag Raising for Nepal Ceremony by City of Jersey City and Mayor Stephen M. Fulop. Jersey City has become the first U.S. city to host historic Nepal Flag Raising Ceremony in City Hall Chamber and to hoist the Nepal flag on its building on Friday, June 30, 2017. He was also supportive of City Council‘s historic Sister City Council Resolution on December 19, 2018 paving the path for Jersey City and Nepal’s Indrawati to become the first ever Sister City from modern Nepal in the world.
TPS Resolution for Nepal’s Earthquakes Victims family in United States
Councilman Michael Yun had worked with the leadership and initiative of Council President Rolando Lavarro Jr., Mayor Steven M Fulop’s Advisor of Diversity & Inclusion Board Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, Jersey City Council had passed Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Resolutions twice for Nepali residing in the United States in 2015 and 2018 which greatly helped grant the TPS by Department of Homelamd Security. More than 14,000 TPS holder Nepalis benefited in USA. Jersey City was the first and only U.S. city to pass such resolution.
Nepal Flag Raising at City Hall
Councilman Yun was also big part of the historic Flag Raising for Nepal Ceremony by City of Jersey City and Mayor Stephen M. Fulop. Jersey City has become the first U.S. city to host historic Nepal Flag Raising Ceremony in City Hall Chamber and to hoist the Nepal flag on its building on Friday, June 30, 2017 while recognizing and fostering the growing Nepali community in the city.
Sister City between Jersey City and Nepal’s Indrawati
Along with Council President Rolando R. Lavarro Jr., Mayor Stephen M. Fulop, Councilman Yun had been supportive and engaged deeply with Nepali community and City Council that had passed a historic Sister City Council Resolution on December 19, 2018 paving the path for Jersey City and Indrawati to become the first ever Sister City from Nepal in the world while Dr. Pariyar played a role of emissary and became a bridge for this history making friendship between these two municipalities. Subsequently, Mayor Fulop and Indrawati Rural Municipality Mayor Banshalal Tamang had singed Sister City Agreement in January 24, 2019.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said, “We just learned, moments ago, of the passing of @JerseyCity Councilman Michael Yun. He was a respected leader and a good man. A terrific husband, father, and grandfather. We stand with Jersey City in mourning his loss, and we send our thoughts to his family.“
Jersey City Mayor Stephen Fulop said of his passing, “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 .”
Who is Michel Yun?
According to official biography of Councilman Yun from JerseyCityNJ .Gov, “Ward D Councilman Michael Yun had been a Jersey City Heights resident since 1981, after coming to the United States fromSouth Korea to study in March of 1979. He and his wife, Jennifer (Seong Hee Ahn) have owned and operated Garden State News on Central Avenue in the Heights section of Jersey City since 1982.
A founding member of Jersey City’s first Special Improvement District (SID) in 1992, he has served as both President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Central Avenue SID for more than twenty years. During that time he has worked to establish Jersey City as a UEZ municipality and initiated the popular Everything Jersey City Festival. Additionally, Michael successfully led efforts to establish the first commuter bus line from Central Avenue to New York City, the 10’99s. He served as President of the Jersey City Merchant’s Council for twenty years, representing more than 3,000 Jersey City small-business owners and operators.
Michael was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Jersey City Development Agency in 1992. As an Aide in the Schundler administration, he sought to improve local government and quality of life through his service as a committee member for Jersey City’s CCTV program, the Neighborhood Improvement District program (NID), and community policing initiatives. As an Executive Trustee of the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation and as a member of the Jersey City Master Plan Advisory Committee and the Hudson County Strategic Revitalization committee, Michael has repeatedly pushed for local economic growth as well.
Michael has volunteered with numerous community organizations over the past three decades, helping to spearhead projects including the building of the Korean War Veteran’s memorial in Jersey City and the preservation of Reservoir #3. As Co-Chairman of Save Christ Hospital, he has helped lead the effort to preserve the hospital as an acute care medical facility.
A recipient of more than thirty community service awards and citations over the past three decades, Councilman Michael Yun is proud to be working for the residents of Ward D on the Municipal Council.”
Read his full biography: https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/CityHall/CityCouncil/Yun
“Michael's long history of community service has been widely recognized throughout Jersey City and New Jersey as a whole. He has received more than thirty awards and citations over the past three decades, including the Christopher Columbus Community Service Award (1993), Heights Pride Award (1994), Hudson City Lions Club Award (1985), the Heights Community Relations Council Award (1991), The United States House of Representative's Citation for the 13th Congressional District (1994), Man of the Year by the Korean-American Press Club of New Jersey and Businessman of the Year by the Hudson County Freeholders (2000), Korean Grassroots Leadership Award(2012). In 2007 he was recognized for his efforts on behalf of the Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance for helping to ensure that Reservoir #3 was preserved as a public park and green space to be enjoyed by many generations to come. In 2012 he was recognized along with Paul Bellan-Boyer by Health Professionals Allied Employees of New Jersey as Health Care Hero for his efforts on behalf of Save Christ Hospital.”