New York’s political world is remembering Maurice “Mickey” Carroll, the voice of the Quinnipiac University Poll since 1995, and a longtime journalist and educator, who died today in his family home in Convent Station, NJ, after a short illness.

Before he joined the Q poll, as it’s widely known, Carroll worked for more than 40 years as a political writer for The New York Times and other New York and New Jersey newspapers. He was a throwback to a different, arguably more genteel era, though he certainly saw and covered his share of political intrigue and scandal.

“Mickey Carroll was a reporter in the finest tradition of American journalism, a dedicated educator and a knowledgeable commentator on the American political scene,” said Quinnipiac University President John L. Lahey. “He educated thousands in the classroom and millions through his reporting and his work with the poll.”

From a personal standpoint, Carroll was a longtime friend and mentor of mine. He was never too busy to take my calls, even when I was a newbie reporter just getting started. And he always made a point to get in touch and buy me a drink or a meal when he came through town after I relocated back to Albany from New York City.

Carroll, infamous for his quick quips and sometimes cutting sound bites, coined the phrase “the upstate quote” to describe my Dad, Dr. Gerald Benjamin, a SUNY New Paltz political science professor whose wide breadth of knowledge about state and local government has made him a go-to for reporters across New York.

I will miss him greatly.

Carroll was married for 30 years to newspaper columnist Beth Fallon, who died in 2006. He is survived by his former wife, Peggy, with whom he remained very close; his son, New Jersey Assembly member Michael Carroll, daughters Eileen and Elizabeth, 10 grandchildren and a sister, Anne Shannon. Another son, Patrick, died in 2005.

A memorial mass will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church 4 Convent Rd., Morristown, NJ.9Note, this has been changed from the previously reported location in Manhattan).