The leadership shakeup comes after Bearak finished a successful stint as campaign manager for Assemblyman David Weprin, who won a special election last week. Bearak worked for Weprin while serving as QCC president, but said the two jobs did not represent a conflict of interest.
In stepping down Bearak, a register lobbyist, said he would continue serving as a “political advisor” to Weprin, but would not lobby him on any issues. “He will be one of my clients that I will be advising but I won't be lobbying him,” Bearak said.
Bearak served as the president of QCC from the fall of 2007 until earlier this month, when he resigned the position. During his tenure the civic congress's membership and visibility grew.
Dolan will assume the presidency pursuant to the groups' by-laws. Previously she held the position of QCC executive vice-president. A lifelong resident of Queens, Dolan also serves as president of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association, and is a founder and the current president of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy.
“I'm looking forward to working with the leaders of [over 100] community organizations on concerns that they have for their neighborhoods,” Dolan said.