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You can't make this stuff up!

A while back I was minding my own business when I received an out of the blue call from someone who claimed his father had died and that he went to the Department of Motor Vehicles to turn in his dad's car plates.  He claimed he discovered later that a one digit mistake had been made and that rather than his father's, my vehicle registration had been canceled. 

Of course, my antennae were up and I initially discounted the call as some sort of new creative scam.  Yet, it bothered me and after it hung over me for a while I endured the DMV mechanized phone system (see my recent "Your Call Is Important To Us" blog) and was shocked to learn that my registration had in fact been cancelled. 

I tried to get the caller to rectify the mistake to no avail and after 2 weeks of driving around in a technically unregistered car what did I do?

I called the man who has clout and knows how to work the bureaucracy and has helped me out of pickles twice before.

Namely, Gotham Hall of Fame member Corey Bearak.

Why Corey? Because, in my words, he's a legalized fixer who can get things done and level the playing field.  He knows the ropes and opens the side door to the smoke filled room. Officially, Corey's a government and public affairs counsel (for details visit StrategicPublicPolicy.com)

After digesting my bizarre dilemma Corey said he would make some calls and as far as I'm concerned he proceeded to clout it out of the park.

As a result, last Friday I went to my local DMV office and rather than standing on long lines I asked for a Supervisor who was aware of my situation. 

I'm not saying they didn't torture me, but it could have been far worse and I eventually emerged from their Kafkaesque bureaucracy into the sun all fixed up with my newly legitimized plates.

Thanks Corey for rubbing your genie jar!

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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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  •  Benjamin_Geizhals wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It pays to know the right people.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Liz_Saldana wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Corey is the best!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Paul_Napolitano wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Corey rocks!!!
     
       
     
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Amazing story. I am so pleased that you were ultimately able to resolve a very unique problem (hopefully unique, but who knows?) and that you were fortunate to have learned of the problem before being pulled over by the police, or worse. It proves that the best toolbox you can have is a finely tuned list of wonderful contacts. Corey is definitely getting a large asterisk on my list!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Nancy_Schess wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Great story and testament to the power of Corey!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Cayce_Crown wrote 530 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    It takes a village.
    Glad Corey is in ours.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Dana_Charlton wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Yay Corey! ...and the DMV rep who helped you is likely to
    do it again for someone else because you wrote such a thoughtful letter of praise to the Commissioner! "What goes around comes around."
     
       
     
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Corey is the best!! And a tough act to follow, especially when it comes to blogging. :)
     
       
     
     
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  •  NeilHollander wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Everything comes down first of all to Karma. Quite as important is not what you know but who you know . Connectiona and networking get you to the head of the line . Sometimes as in Joe's Stone Crab in Miami . $50 bucks to the Maitre de. Also in the league of the big bucks a healthy donation to the Clinton Foundation will get you even maybe a Cabinet position . Or for you ladies perhaps a night in the Lincoln bedroom with Bill ? We'll see won't we?

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  •  Odey_Raviv wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Speaking of Kafkaesque. Last week I used a discount car parking co. to prepay a
    spot one block from the MOMA. $23. I check in around 1 PM and show the attendant my paperwork. All seems fine, I get back at 7:30 and a new attendant is there. I show him my ticket and he looks at his register and tells me that I owe
    him $53. I show him my paperwork and he responds that "it" has already been used. I said yes, when I check in, the car is here in your lot. NO, he says I can't release the car until you pay me. An insane 30 minutes ensues with some yelling, phone call to the parking company, and talk of the police. Finally, the attendant calls his supervisor and the car was retrieved. Corey, I almost needed you! Next time.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Michael__Appell wrote 530 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Why is it that everything run by government at all levels so poorly (not my first choice of words) run that an ordinary citizen cannot resolve an issue. Of course, this is nothing compared to the deterioration that will cost BILLIONS to repair in Public Housing, the subways, the roads and bridges. But rest assured - Crooked Hillary will fix it!
     
       
     
     
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  •  MitchTobol wrote 529 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The fixer strikes again!
     
       
     
     
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