Winners and Losers, February 28, 2014

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  Everyone seemed a bit jumpy this week: Sen. Tony Avella jumped to the IDC, Sen. Adriano Espaillat jumped back into the fray with Rep. Charlie Rangel, Assemblyman Micah Kellner jumped out of his race, and Donald Trump’s son-in-law jumped on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Where will they land in our weekly winners and losers? That’s up to you.   Tony Avella - There’s nothing like joining a playoff-bound team midway through the season after spending time with one below .500. Avella’s… [More]

Winners and Losers, February 21, 2014

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  A mayor filling potholes. A reporter dodging buses. A governor who insists he isn’t running for president tweeting about past presidents on Presidents’ Day.  A state senator accused of plagiarism. And a fury over educating prison inmates. This was just one of those weeks in New York State where you felt like you were at a tennis match–your head bobbing back and forth from story to story. Like any game, there were winners and losers.   Blair Horner – When… [More]

Winners and Losers, February 14, 2014

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Mayor Bill de Blasio loves to tell the “Tale of Two Cities.” But this week the narrative was a Tale of Two Leaders: It was the best of times for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it was the worst of times for New York City’s new mayor. Cuomo had everything before him—strong poll numbers, support for his pre-K approach—while for de Blasio, it was the winter of discontent. And, as always, there were plenty of other tales of winners and losers to… [More]

Winners and Losers, February 7, 2014

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It’s been a super week. It kicked off with the Super Bowl here in New York (sort of). On the same day, Staten Island Chuck took a super leap from the arms of the New Yok City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The groundhog was unharmed and saw his shadow, so we are getting six more weeks of winter—just didn’t expect those six weeks to get packed into one filled with a series of super snowstorms leaving the whole state with… [More]

Winners and Losers, January 31, 2014

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For some it was a Grimm week. For others, it was a Lovely one. Fortunately, nobody got thrown over a balcony, and there were punchlines a plenty to keep everybody everybody in good spirits … well, almost everyone. Before you tune into the Super Bowl this weekend, enjoy the pre-game show: your Winners and Losers of the week.   Fred Dixon and Cristyne Nicholas – Are you ready for some… tourism? New York State certainly is with the Super Bowl… [More]

Winners and Losers, January 24, 2014

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  Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio made news this week, many times in the same headline, though their coverage took divergent paths thanks to the budget and a blizzard. Cuomo won the first round of the passive-aggressive universal preschool dispute with de Blasio, promising unlimited state resources to fund the mayor’s proposed preschool and after school program for the city, while de Blasio continues to hold out for the symbolic win of a tax hike to… [More]

Winners and Losers, January 17, 2014

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  It’s a time of transition. Many new mayors across the state have encountered early difficulties – some with forks. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer found out he will need a new roommate soon, and we know how scary that process can be. Could be worse though. One statewide elected official heading into a reelection year opened the New York Times to read about how he may or may not wear eyeliner. Considering New York State’s demographic makeup that may not necessarily be… [More]

Winners and Losers, January 10, 2014

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    Gov. Cuomo patted himself on the back for building on the progress of the last couple of years. Everyone in Albany patted Mayor de Blasio on the back for building on the progress of the last few months, as he has leapt from obscure public advocate to the nation’s progressive darling. All 51 New York Council members had to admit that Melissa Mark-Viverito had built on the progress of the last couple of weeks, out-dueling her rivals to… [More]

Winners and Losers, January 3, 2014

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  With most of the state digging out of the snow this morning, we probably all feel like losers. Except maybe those kids who are missing school and planning their trips to the sledding hill. One thing we know is that there will be no sledding for Mayor de Blasio, who is dealing with his first test since moving into Gracie Mansion. His performance will be watched closely and may land him on one side or the other of this list… [More]

Winners and Losers, December 27, 2013

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  It’s the most wonderful time of the year—to dump your political baggage. Sure, the news cycle was sleepier than usual this holiday week, but it was still awake at 5:45 a.m. to catch Eliot Spitzer sneaking out of his new girlfriend’s house like a bad Santa, and for a debate to rage like a burning yule log over whether the mayor-elect was playing politics by orchestrating his daughter’s Christmas Eve video confession. In honor of the short week, we’ve… [More]