Politics
Corey Bearak
Sep12
9/11
Posted By : Corey Bearak

It was a special night.  I think my tweet captured the sentiment.   We gathered at Citi Field last night.   It involved more than a game. Shelly posted on Facebook some nice pics of the pre-game ceremony.  The outcome on the field remained secondary (thought there certainly are those happy or not at that) to the commemoration.  Bottom line,

Corey Bearak
Nov04
You Make A Difference When You Vote
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Approaching Election Day, I look forward to simply advocating Americans take their right to vote seriously; that they exercise on or before Election Day. 365 days ago I blogged that Voting Matters. Matters even more this year. Interestingly the ballots Shelly and I cast may matter more on three City Charter referenda than on candidates (I fully ex

Corey Bearak
Apr15
Jack
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Just over was three years ago, Gotham lost one of its good guys – Jack Friedman who had passed away earlier today just days short of his 56th birthday. Fittingly because Jack enjoyed live music – we attended several shows together, I drafted a post to Fredslist and the Gotham website wall about his passing and the funeral and Shiva arrangements

Corey Bearak
Feb25
inspiration
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Traffic recorded a song, Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired, that applies to so much when one looks around these days for leadership in the usual places.   Yet the courageous response of young people after the tragic and violent shooting murders in Parkland provides Inspiration to this correspondent.   A bit more than a year ago, I shared the playlist

Corey Bearak
Jan28
Words
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Language matters.  Words matter.   It frames how we view things, events, people, ideas and more. We see pundits, politicians, PR pros, advertisers, marketers and other all use it.   It makes great sense to use words to point out hypocrisy and inconsistency where we find it; I enjoy ther use -- frequently I hope.   I prefer using it in a positive m

Corey Bearak
Nov12
A Creep Is A Creep
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Four blogs ago I focused on those who by action(s) or inaction(s) enable creeps to perpetrate terrible harm or worse on others.   Friday I received an email disturbing in content: it defended Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. I replied, “So are you saying that notwithstanding Moore’s conduct he merits election to any public office? "A creep is

Corey Bearak
Nov05
Voting Matters
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Tuesday, I expect to devote much of my day inducing others directly or indirectly to exercise their right to vote.  Advising a candidate who all expects to win overwhelmingly you might not think that  --  as we used direct mail, community newspaper ads, robo calls and canvas teams to encourage eligible folks to exercise this right I view as somethi

Corey Bearak
Oct22
When Yes May Mean No
Posted By : Corey Bearak

I face an interesting dilemma involving a City Council candidate I advise. We want to include material advocating his position on a very important ballot issue – Proposition No. 1 (“Prop 1”) – voters get to weigh in on this November 8 when voters will also find him on the general election ballot. Four years ago, voters chose him with 96.8% the ge

Corey Bearak
Oct15
Freedom to Say No
Posted By : Corey Bearak

The proverbial water cooler discussion over the past week involved sexual harassment and worse. The political scientist in me viewed what occurred as a perverse exercise of power.   Acts totally unjustified.   I tweeted a Newsday editorial with my own spin, “Protecting #predators & letting acts go unpunished, endangers more people. Shame too

Corey Bearak
Aug27
Another ordinary day?
Posted By : Corey Bearak

A signature issue involves keeping our free East River and Harlem River bridges toll-free.   Today, as senior advisor to Keep NYC (Congestion Tax) Free, I join elected officials and community leader at a news conference near the entrance to the Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge to remind policymakers it still makes sense to keep the status quo with re

Corey Bearak
Apr16
Strange Days, Indeed
Posted By : Corey Bearak

The Doors second LP, Strange Days, featured a song, People Are Strange.   Strange days indeed as one consider the world around us (More on that later.).   I strategize. I plan.   Not all the time but certainly when things matter.   Sometimes, for some matters, I might need to think fast, almost to the point of brinkmanship.   Even where one m

Corey Bearak
Feb26
The Press Earns its Freedom Everyday
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Today’s New York Times, included an insert, “Truth. It’s more important now than ever.” How true!   All the discussion about “fake news” and attacks on the news media infuriates me. In law school I edited CONSCIENCE, an award winning publication. I regularly wrote a column, “The Public Ought to Know,” from ‘03 to ‘05 and resurrected it as “The Publ

Corey Bearak
Feb19
#Inspiration
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Recent blogs on this website – not mine – focused on political discourse and the need to embrace civility.   I concur with the concept of heroism to face your friends (and others) who hold different positions and share with each other what brings you to your point of view.   I want to stress the difference between discourse and partisanship. M

Corey Bearak
Jan29
Learning What The Public Ought To Know
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Watching the news unfold this weekend with demonstrations at the NYC airports and blocks away from where my Gotham Power Breakfast meets in downtown Brooklyn and places across the country, I found myself looking through my twitter and looking at my fave cable news outlet, NY1. A Day In The Life immediately came to mind.   Last week I discussed how

Corey Bearak
Dec11
Rearrange the world
Posted By : Corey Bearak

Gotham City Networking, Inc.®’s co-founder calls our Gotham Green® group, The Change The World Group. Easy to adopt that description. I often talk about the need to make a difference and as this month began – literally – on December 1, 2016, Gotham Green® announced the recipients of our Gotham Green Awards®. I kept thinking about a song that on

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