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Corey Bearak named new prez of Queens Democratic group

By Peter A. Sutters Jr.

Recently elected Civil Court Judge Lee Mayersohn, son of state Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Fresh Meadows), installed fellow Hofstra graduate Corey Bearak as the president of the Queens County Line Democratic Association last Thursday, a post he has held since 1993.Bearak recalled meeting Nettie Mayersohn while working in state government before leaving for Hofstra in the late '70s and she said her son would be attending the same school and could be in many of his classes. Bearak said he was enrolled in almost all of the same courses as Lee Mayersohn, but did not make the connection between mother and son until many years later. “I didn't put two and two together until after graduation,” said Bearak. The two were both at Hofstra in the early 1980s and were even on the same softball team together.”It was sort of a coming of age for my class,” said Bearak of having a friend and fellow classmate swear him in. “He's a good guy, a good person.” Bearak wears many hats in his different roles in Queens, as a member of the Queens Civic Congress, a public policy columnist for the TimesLedger Newspapers, Community Board 13 member, and chairman of the executive committee of the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council, to name a few. Many of these roles require Bearak to keep his personal political views under raps, but that is not the case as president of the Queens County Line Democratic Association.”The club can have a point of view,” said Bearak. “We have the ability to say 'no' or not to put someone on.” Bearak said the Queens County Line Democratic Association is active in politics in eastern Queens, endorsing candidates, hosting speakers, and getting local residents involved in the political process.”We take a big tent approach, Democrats or not, citizens to be, and Democrats in the making are welcome,” said Bearak. “The goal is to get folks involved in the political process.”Bearak said he looks forward to the city elections coming up this year and said the Queens County Line Democratic Association will endorse candidates at a later date after district leaders have chosen their candidates. Reach reporter Peter A. Sutters Jr. by e-mail at news@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300 Ext 173.

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