Corey B. Bearak

    Government & Public Affairs Counsel                                     Attorney-At-Law

(718) 343-6779     facsimile (888) 379-3492    Corey@CoreyBearak.com

Government & Public Affairs Counsel
Attorney-At-Law

(718) 343-6779
facsimile (888) 379-3492
Corey@CoreyBearak.com

 

Government & Public Affairs Counsel Corey Bearak

I bring experience forged during 23 years in public service to counsel clients who face difficult public policy matters or special needs in dealing with government.  I combine expertise in strategic public policy, politics and media to devise and manage strategies to make a difference on behalf of trade unions, trade groups, coalitions, businesses, government and community agencies, individuals, public officials, and political candidates.  [View my resume or curriculum vitae.]

An attorney, I joined Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer's staff February 1, 1999 as Legislative Counsel.  For Borough President Ferrer, my primary responsibilities included developing issues and proposing new initiatives, counseling the Borough President on legislation and serving as a legal, media and policy advisor.  Through April 2003, I served Ferrer's successor, Adolfo Carrion Jr. as Director of Planning, Policy and Budget.

Previously, I served more than 16 years as Counsel/Chief of Staff to a northeast Queens City Council Member.  Before joining city government, I served as an Assistant to then Secretary of State Mario Cuomo and in the Office of Bronx District Attorney Mario Merola.

From June 2003 through May 2005, I wrote a weekly column on complex public policy matters, The Public Ought to Know -- now available as an ebook at Barnes and Noble (Nook), Amazon (Kindle) and Apple iBooks (for Mac, iPhone and iPad).  Since 2015, I also write a column of the same name featured in The Labor Press which includes some 30,000 subscribers in media, government, politics and business.

In addition to my practice as a Government and Public Affairs Counsel, I serve as Policy and Political Director for Amalgamated Transit Union Locals 1056 and 1179, and for several years managed non-clinical operations of a human services agency – Community Partnership Referrals and Resources.  I also maintain a private practice in law.

In government service, I developed or worked on many policy and legislative initiatives and local laws.  His work involved the environment, public safety and justice, budget and fiscal reform, and city governance.

Environmental laws included The New York City Recycling Law (1989), The Right to Know Law (mandating the disclosure of toxic chemicals), the Spill Bill (covering accidental releases of hazardous substances), mandating the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, the ban on apartment house incinerators and regulating the disposal of medical waste.

Public safety laws include 1993 Local Law 1 creating an independent (of the NYPD) civilian complaint review board, the Social Club law, the establishment of an Anti-Graffiti Task Force, empowering police officers to summons the illegal sale of graffiti tools, mandating the NYPD report their response times to crimes, merging the EMS into the Fire Department, saving most of the fire boxes and requiring all remaining boxes to be voice-activated, regulating the sale and possession of box cutters, and prohibiting the sale or transfer of handguns without a safety locking device.

Legislation developed include a Clean Water bill, state and city legislation to bar the NYC Water Board from setting rates before the City budget's adoption, Water Rate relief for seniors, and a bill to Index SCRIE and SCHE to the cost of living.

Policy initiatives included a CCRB Reform Plan, a Community Policing Initiative, a model Alternative to Incarceration plan, a Strategic Clean Air Plan, an affordable housing plan and a blueprint for fiscal and budget reform, The 2002 Bronx Strategic Policy Statement, and Portable Science Labs for city schools.

Active in many community organizations, my primary involvements have included the borough-wide Queens Civic Congress [co-founder, President after serving eight years as Executive Vice President and founding chair of its special committee on Creedmoor (State Psychiatric Center)] and the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council [Chairman, Executive Committee, after serving seven years as President].

Under my leadership the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council implemented a Neighborhood Development Program including the design of the brochure You Can Have It All!, a Lay Leadership Committee and Jewish Continuity programs.

I served on Community School Board 26 from 1989 to June 1993 and Community Board 13 from 1980-1988 and 2001-present; I received a Community Board Service Award from the Queens Borough President in 2010 and 2015.  I helped found the Northern Queens Health Coalition (later the Queens Health Coalition, was its first chairman, an incorporator and wrote its original By-Laws.  During my service as Vice President (I later served two terms as Executive Vice President) of the Queens Jewish Community Council, my efforts kept that social services agency from closing its doors.

Other community involvements include the Executive Board, Treasurer (2015-17) and since April 2017 as Board Chair of SNAP (Services Now for Adult Persons), the North Bellerose Civic Association [Past-President and Newsletter editor], Temple Sholom of Eastern Queens [Delegate to Queens and Northeast Queens JCCs, Vice President, 1986-1988, and Brotherhood President, 1984-1986].  Other recent accomplishments include founding director of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy and founding Co-Chair of the Eastern Queens NORC-WOW (naturally occurring retirement community without walls).

My activities extend to the charitable and fraternal Order Knights of Pythias where I serve the Grand Lodge of the State of New York as a Grand Tribune (member of a panel that moderates legal issues within the order). Executive Secretary to the Grand Chancellor and webmaster.   During 2012-13 I served as Executive Secretary to the Grand Chancellor, Chair of the Technology Committee, member of the Youth Commission.  In 2011-12, I served as an Assistant to the Chief Deputy Grand Chancellor, Executive Secretary to the Grand Chancellor and co-Chair of the Technology Committee.  He has edited Pythian Knight Magazine since 2015.  My (subordinate) lodge, FDR Lodge #613, honored me with Life Membership in 2012; I serve FDR as a Past Chancellor, Secretary, Editor of its newsletter, The Beam and as a member of the boards of its affiliated Benevolent Association and Foundation (President since 2015).  In 2011, I earned the Supreme Chancellor's Certificate of Honor for volunteer service in the community.  In 2007, the Knights of Pythias presented me with a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service within the Pythian Order, and awards for Excellence in Journalism and Fraternalism (2006-2007) and as Man of the Year, Order Knights of Pythias, Grand Lodge Domain of New York.

An active networker, Gotham City Networking, Inc.® recognized me as Networker of the Year in 2011.  I co-chair GOtham GREEN®, Brooklyn Power Breakfast Group and Staten Island Gotham, and is a member of Gotham's Long Island Legal and Gotham Towers groups.  I also served on the Board of Directors of the Hofstra University School of Law Alumni Association.  I have managed or coached teams in the Glen Oaks Little League from 1992 through 2004, including three district champions.

In 2016, I received The Spirit of Theresa Award from The Theresa Foundation.  In 2009, the TimesLedger Newspaper/Community Newspaper Group presented me with its Community Service Impact Award.  In 2008, Queens Region Hadassah presented me with its Myrtle Wreath Award. The Queens Courier profiled me as a Star of Queens the previous year (2007).  In 2003, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks presented me with a Community Commitment Award.  In 1998, the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council honored me with its Outstanding Service to the Northeast Community Award. Congresswoman Nita Lowey presented me with a Congressional Certificate of Merit and Assembly Members Mark Weprin and Ann Margaret Carrozza also presented a New York State Assembly Citation for me.  In 1997, I received the Community Service Award from the Young Israel of New Hyde Park and Citation of Honor from Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.

Born in Forest Hills, I attended P.S. 191, J.H.S. 172, Martin Van Buren High School and earned a B.A. in Political Science and J.D. at Hofstra. I resident with my wife, the former Rachelle Confino, in Bellerose.  Our son, Jonathan, a University Scholar, City University of New York Macaulay Honors College at Queens, earned his doctorate in Sociology at NYU's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences on an IES (Institute of Education Sciences) fellowship administered by NYU's interdisciplinary Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC).  Our daughter, Marisa, graduated The Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at SUNY-Purchase and pursues a career in dramatic writing.

Read a friend's Tribute at my Homecoming at FDR Lodge #613 Knights of Pythias (March 23, 2012).

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