Among journalists, leaving the fourth estate to work the media in government or business is referred to as, “going over to the dark side.” I’ve spent the last couple of years as a Director of Communications with the New York City Council, after a five-year stint as a reporter for The Courier – and now, thanks to publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis, I’ve more or less re-emerged as a political columnist.
My roots may be in far-northeast Queens (I spent nearly 10 years on Community Board 11, including two years as vice-chair), but I hope to bring you interesting insights into just what’s going on throughout our borough and the city at large, with a little help from my friends – maybe even the “friends” who don’t really like me.
All I can promise is honesty and fairness as best I see it, presented with good humor wherever possible, pointedly where necessary. But as my old college professor used to say, “It is the duty of the intellectual to speak truth to power.” So here goes.
In one of the most widely broken “exclusive” stories of the year, Leroy Comrie will challenge embattled state Senator Malcolm Smith in the Democratic primary election in September. Comrie, former Queens delegation leader in the City Council, attorney Munir Avery, Navy veteran Bernadette Semple and Clyde Vanel, also an attorney, are in the contest with […]
Now that the Empire State has raised the minimum wage to $8 an hour, Governor Cuomo is being accused of dragging his feet when it comes to a minimum wage increase and other labor protections for people who work for tips. Albany raised minimum to $8 as of last December 31 — it goes to […]
Recent raw temperatures are threatening to send March out like a polar bear rather than a lamb, but things are springing up all over the political landscape. Another political neophyte has stepped up to challenge embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith for his 14th District seat, according to the Board of Elections (BOE). Bernadette Semple, who […]
It looks like Mayor Bill de Blasio may have seen the light at the end of the rainbow, as he seems to be accepting a less-than-total victory on universal pre-K and after school programs. While visiting a pre-K sign-up center in our sister borough (Brooklyn), Hizzoner actually said “the wind’s in our sails” on the […]
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in the ongoing schoolyard boxing match – not yet a brawl because the gloves haven’t come off – pitting the mayor’s height and reach against the governor, a compact fighter with lots of power. Hizzoner traveled upstate on Tuesday, March 4, to spar another round and learned the […]
For ordinary folks, staggering through bitter winter weather and wondering whether the winds of war are blowing in faraway places, Election Day is way off their radar. But the process is already underway. Wisdom is that, “You have to be in it to win it,” and Tuesday, March 4 was the first day of the […]