Corey B. Bearak

    Government & Public Affairs Counsel                                     Attorney-At-Law

(718) 343-6779     facsimile (888) 379-3492

Government & Public Affairs Counsel

(718) 343-6779
facsimile (888) 379-3492


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Professional Services/ Skills
Public Policy and Government Affairs:
Counsel on law, legislation, and policy (including public safety, government structure, census, education, environment, housing, land use, and transportation); develop legislation and policy; devise and implement strategies to advance legislation and policy initiatives. Budget and Fiscal Advisor (manage capital and expense budgets; budget, fiscal and tax reform). Environment and Land-Use Planning (representation, counsel and technical assistance).
Political Consulting and Strategic Campaign Management:
Campaign Management (Devise and implement field and media strategies; petitions; endorsements, labor, political and community outreach; compliance); develop and recommend strategies to advance policies, priorities and initiatives; manage and/or coordinate the implementation of policies, priorities and initiatives, including projects and task forces; Staff-training and Technical Assistance (train key staff; advise on agency structure and operations).
Media and Public Affairs:
Serve as an authorized spokesperson to electronic and print news media; develop and manage communication and marketing strategies - including traditional print, electronic and new media platforms - to advance initiatives; perform intergovernmental and community relations, including representation and testimony at community, public and government meetings and news conferences; and resolve problems with government. Draft speeches, news releases, statements, oped articles, letters to the editor, briefings, testimonies, position papers and newsletters. Website Management (Devise content and appearance).
Government and Public Affairs Practice
May 2003 - present
Queens, NY
Strategic Political Counseling including Public Policy and Government Affairs, Political Consulting and Strategic Campaign Management, Media and Public Affairs.
Executive Vice President
Community Partnership Referrals and Resources
August 2007 - present
Queens, NY
For holistic human services agency dealing with forensic and special needs clients, manage and supervise all non-clinical operations, including administration, marketing, external relations and public affairs, fiscal, legal, human resources, real estate, strategic business planning, and program and project development (
Columnist, The Public Ought to Know
TimesLedger Newspapers (June 2003 - May 2005)
Queens, NY
Wrote weekly public policy column for chain of 16 community newspapers. (; view columns at
Director of Planning, Policy & Budget/Legislative Counsel
Bronx Borough President
(February 1999 - May 2003)
Bronx, New York
For Borough President Adolfo
Carrion Jr., Managed three distinct government units [Planning and Development, Policy and Budget, and Economic Development] and Liaison to Communications office; also served as Acting General Counsel and Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer (January 2002 - May 2003).
For Borough President Fernando Ferrer (Legislative Counsel) serving in Communications Unit, also revised and maintained agency website, and lead staffer on CCRB, Charter Revision Commission and legislative matters (February 1999 - December 2001).
Counsel/ Chief of Staff
City Council
(September 1982 - January 1999)
Queens and New York, New York
For City Council Member Sheldon S. Leffler [Public Safety committee chair 1989-1999; Environmental Protection committee chair, 1986-1989]; managed City Hall and district offices.
Attorney and Counselor At-Law
Private Law Practice
(June 1982 - present)
Second Department, New York
Private Practice in Wills, Estates, Guardianship and Incompetency matters, Real Estate, Contracts.
Assistant to the Secretary of State
New York State Department of State
Albany and New York, New York
For Secretary of State Mario M. Cuomo (Resigned to enter law school.).
Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
J.D., May 31, 1981 (admitted to New York Bar, May 1982)
Editor-in-Chief, Conscience; Law Intern, Bronx District Attorney's Felony Unit
Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
B.A. Political Science, June 1, 1977
Dean's List; Special Project: Motivation of Personnel.
Professional Associations & Boards
Queens Civic Congress
(President, 2007-2010; Executive Vice President, 1999-present; Vice President, 1997-1999)
Queens Civic Congress Foundation
(Vice President, 2004-2010; director, 2003)
Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council
(Chair, Executive Committee, 1998-present; President, 1991-1998)
NORC-WOW (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community - Without Walls) Community Leadership Advisory Board
(Co-Chair, 2003 - present)
Services Now for Adult Persons
(Executive Board Member, 2003 - present)
Hofstra University School of Law Alumni Association
(First Vice President, 1998-2002; Trustee, 1995-1997, 2003-07; Secretary, 2007-present)
Community School Board 26
(1989-93; Legislative, Budget, Legal co-Chair)
Community Board 13Q
(1980-1988, 2000-present)
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Conservancy
(founding Director; Director, 2003-present)
Northern Queens Health Coalition
(Founding Co-chair, 1995-1996, and incorporator, 1996)
Publications & Websites
The Property Tax: Creating stable, middle-class neighborhoods
Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, October 2003
Bringing Equity to the Property Tax in New York City
Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (Contributor), April 2003
The Public Ought to Know
weekly column on public policy in TimesLedger Newspapers (, June 2003 - May 2005
The New York City Recycling Law: Reality Meets Idealism
Hofstra Environmental Law Digest, Fall 1990
Whither Board of Estimate
Queens Bar Journal, February, 1986
You Can Have It All brochure
Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council, 1992, rev. 1995, rev. 2004, rev. 2006 (no longer generally available)