Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be all over this week’s Winners & Losers,
but we can’t figure out whether he had a great week or an awful one. By
seemingly walking back his ironclad pledge not to raise taxes, Cuomo is
either laying the groundwork to orchestrate a grand compromise on New
York’s fiscal situation, or becoming a flip-flopper who alienates his
carefully-won conservative allies. For everyone else on our list, the
week was a little more definite. —
Loretta Lynch – The Brooklyn U.S. Attorney held the
same job at the end of the Clinton administration, when street crime was
its top target. As the office turned its focus to white collar crime,
some wondered whether Lynch had the experience to adapt. This week she
answered that question by unveiling an almost idiot-proof case against
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. She hasn’t brought down any financial
titans recently, unlike her Manhattan counterpart Preet Bharara, but she
produced a Boyland complaint with so many incriminating wiretaps,
emails and text messages that the defendant walked out of court looking
like he had “I did it” tattooed on his forehead. Allegedly.
Eric Schneiderman – The attorney general finally got
a chance to do what all law enforcement officials dream of doing: hold a
press conference with a tableful of guns. Schneiderman got the chance
to highlight a dangerous loophole in the state’s gun laws, while
clearing up any confusion over who really is the state’s top cop. It’s
unclear whether that will force Cuomo to reconsider giving Schneiderman
special powers to investigate corruption, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
John Liu– On the job, the city comptroller’s pension
reform plan is under fire after two refugees from the failed MF Global
ended up running city retirees’ investments. On the campaign trail,
Liu’s aides Chung Seto and Mei-Hua Ru are in the crosshairs as federal
prosecutors probe his fundraising. And Liu’s life is pretty much all
about either the job and the campaign trail.
William Boyland Jr. – Two weeks after he walked free
from Manhattan federal court, arms raised in triumph, the Brooklyn pol
is back in hot water, this time with separate charges so brazen they
formed immediate punch lines. Allegations that he solicited bribes from
undercover feds to pay for lawyers to defend him the day after he was
indicted in the separate case could land him in jail for up to 30 years.
And unlike some of his corrupt Albany counterparts, all that alleged
corruption didn’t make him any real money – an affidavit of his finances
revealed he was too impoverished to afford his own defense.
– For the complete list of this week’s winners and losers, head to City Hall…