The Public Ought to Know
Corey Bearak is an expert in understanding how New York City’s government works. The articles in this compilation first appeared as a weekly column in the award-winning Times Ledger, a chain of neighborhood newspapers in the New York City borough of Queens, between June 2003 and May 2005.
In his words,”You ought to know about the many and various issues that affect the quality of your life.”
The column deals with issues such as air quality, housing for the poor, police oversight, public transportation, increasing public participation in elections, gun control, funding libraries, keeping the streets safe, education, noise, care for the old, water, access to information, racial profiling, city parks, helping the homeless, real property tax reform, funding for culture, health care, the environment, violence against women, recycling and waste reduction strategies, and how to play the game of “Annoy!” to get things done.
The Public Ought to Know is a remarkable history of our time. It reflects Corey Bearak’s caring about people and how they live. It is a testament to his sophisticated knowledge of the mechanisms and issues of the New York City government. And like all histories, it is a resource for understanding the way we deal with our problems today.
Corey Bearak, attorney, combines expertise in strategic public policy, politics and media to devise and manage strategies on behalf of businesses, government and community agencies, trade unions, trade groups, coalitions, individuals, public officials, and political candidates.
He began in 1978 by working as Assistant to New York Secretary of State Mario M. Cuomo. In later roles in New York City—among them Counsel and Chief of Staff for a prominent New York City Council Member, and Legislative Counsel/Director of Policy, Planning and Budget for two successive Bronx Borough Presidents—he worked on public initiatives, legislation, and laws relating to public transit, clean water, police oversight, affordable housing, tax reform, hazardous substances, recycling and solid waste management, handguns, a community policing initiative, a model alternative-to-incarceration plan, and a strategic clean air plan.
He is also a prolific columnist. He wrote a commentary on public affairs and policy issues that first appeared as a weekly column in the award-winning Times Ledger, a chain of neighborhood newspapers in the New York City borough of Queens, between June 2003 and May 2005. The column was titled The Public Ought to Know.
Corey Bearak is a native and current resident of the Borough of Queens in New York City. He thinks that you ought to know about the many and various issues that affect the quality of your life.
Selections from reviews
“Corey gets it right on so many issues that continue to be important …”
“I thought this book was very informative and I learned things that I was unaware of. Thank u for all this information. And u r right, the public ought to know.”
“invaluable to any New Yorkers concerned with their city.”
“a thoughtful, well-informed book meant to enlighten the public on a variety of topics from technology to voting and community activism.”
“Yes! the public should know; the key is getting the information from someone who actually does know”
“It provides a view of the inner workings of government”
“Excellent, easy to read and enjoyable commentaries on many issues that matter.”