“The City Council is in mourning. We have lost our friend and former colleague, Council Member Lew Fidler. He was 62. Lew was a compassionate and devoted legislator for the people of the 46th District in southern Brooklyn, which he represented from 2002 to 2013. And as chair of the City Council’s Youth Services Committee, Lew was also a passionate champion for runaway and homeless youth. Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of those young people had their lives changed for the better because of Lew’s tireless work. He was their pitbull.

My deepest condolences to his wife Robin and their sons, Max and Harry. Lew was a giant in New York City politics who will be remembered in Brooklyn and beyond for years to come.”