Author Archives: Victor G. Mimoni

Politics From Here
Politics From Here

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.

Fast food for thought


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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 […]

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Tipping points


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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 […]

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Politics springing ahead


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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 […]

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Money talks


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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 […]

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Mayor in a school daze


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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 […]

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Off to the ‘waces’


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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 […]

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Speedy trial for the mayor


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The 800-pound gorilla in the political room recently has been … speed. The notoriously late Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose campaign platform included a prelude to his “Vision Zero” plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities, has been getting skewered because his NYPD drivers rolled through stop signs and exceeded the 45 mph speed limit on the […]

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How to secede in politics without really trying


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This past week, a well-placed zinger by Governor Cuomo put city pols on notice that no amount of foot stamping can change political reality: New York City may be the capital of the universe, but Albany is the capital of New York. Mayor de Blasio upped the ante on his demand for a city-controlled tax […]

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Great expectations


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his very first “State of the City” address on Monday in the auditorium of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, under a banner which read “One New York, rising together,” and mentioning “all five boroughs” no less than three times in his 43-minute discourse. In that time, he went on […]

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Four-letter words


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You aren’t supposed to use four-letter words in a family newspaper, but you can’t go without saying, “snow.”  Plow envy is a risk when the city must tend to every main drag and we tend to burn when we can’t park. Mayor de Blasio will take heat no matter what. Hizzoner has pushed the late […]

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The real big game day


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Super Sunday and “the big game” across the Hudson may be the big story for football fans. But for those who prefer full-contact politics, there are stories galore to get us through to the November playoffs. Hizzoner and a squad of City Council players took the field up in Albany last Monday, looking for a […]

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Food for thought


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It’s been a tasty week for those who view politics, rather than bread, as the staff of life. *Hizzoner heaped praise on city workers’ response to Tuesday’s near-foot-deep frosting, though countless commuters were hours late for dinner. Sanit commish and Bloomberg leftover John Doherty dished out the data, icing suggestions that the Upper East Side […]

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Bells, bells, bells


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I begin on a sad note. Journalists are a tribe and we lost a brother last week. Photographer Ira Cohen passed away suddenly. Ira was a Vietnam veteran and retired MTA employee. His snowy moustache (and sometimes dreadlocks), were often to be seen in the background – while the “important” people were in the foreground. […]

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Politics From Here


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EDITOR’S NOTE: ‘POLITICS FROM HERE’ WILL BE A WEEKLY COLUMN PRESENTED IN OUR PAPERS AND ONLINE  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 […]

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Aqueduct Racino deal is dead


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It’s official. The Aqueduct Racino deal is dead. Here’s the statement from Governor David Paterson’s office” “The Division of the Lottery has concluded that it cannot issue a gaming license to Aqueduct Entertainment Group (AEG). Therefore, the State has officially withdrawn its support for AEG to develop and operate a video lottery terminal (VLT) facility […]

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