Carmen Arroyo - If luck be a lady, her name is Carmen Arroyo. The Bronx assemblywoman amended her annual financial disclosure statement to claim nearly $30,000 in casino winnings, meaning she’s either got the best poker face in the Legislature or, as some believe, she’s using the gambling story as a cover. Arroyo has walked the ethical tightrope in the past and there are whispers that she’s not even a gambler, but if she is, we’re bringing her to the tables to show us how it’s done.
Kirsten Gillibrand - The junior senator’s push to change sexual assault reporting in the military has been met by stiff opposition from Pentagon brass and even some of her fellow Democratic colleagues. But Gillibrand has been undeterred in her fight, adding four more Republican senators to her coalition this week, including Tea Party darlings Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. The addition of the two potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates grabbed headlines for her effort, and down the road it will surely boost her bipartisan credentials if she were to eye her own White House bid–or, more likely, a prominent cabinet position.
Ray Kelly - Since many of the mayoral candidates have stated they would not bring Kelly back as police commissioner, the president might just take him off their hands. Kelly was publicly floated by President Obama as a potential candidate to head the Department of Homeland Security, which might be a welcome reprieve from the scrutiny he’s been under for the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices. Even if he doesn’t get the job, there’s no shame in being on the short list for one of the top defense posts in the country.
Christine Quinn - Not only did the Speaker get to play the hero this week, rescuing a 17-year-old City Council intern who fainted during an outdoor press conference in Brooklyn, she also got to berate the Bloomberg administration for slow emergency response times. And she got Ray Kelly to do something! The point of the press conference, the anniversary of the city’s solid waste management plan, was quickly overshadowed by Quinn’s critique of the city’s 911 system, landing her on the evening news and on the cover of the city’s two tabloids. The fact that the intern was standing in 94 degree heat for nearly half an hour before Quinn got there is beside the point, right?
Mariano Rivera – You can’t find many people who are big winners than “Mo.” He has 638 career saves and five World Series rings. But we are making him a winner this week for the emotional standing ovation he received at this week’s All-Star Game (where he was clearly the star of the show), as well as the news that he is headlining a group of Yankees and Mets stars featured in a new “I Love NY” ad campaign pushing tourism in the state. Rivera is pure class, and New York State is lucky to have him as a pitch man.
Leroy Comrie - The Queens councilman announced this week that he would be dropping out of the borough president race after gaining little traction and falling behind in fundraising. Comrie’s exit is somewhat of a surprise, considering that he heads the Council’s Queens delegation, but losing the endorsement of the Queens Democratic Party, once thought to be a likely get for Comrie, sounded the death knell for his candidacy. He was floated months earlier by Councilman Vallone as a possible deputy borough president candidate, so perhaps that is where he’ll resurface.
James Cox - James Cox, who signed on as the state’s Medicaid inspector general last year, was supposed to be less “adversarial” than his predecessor, whose aggressive approach rubbed healthcare execs the wrong way. But Cox’s approach has come with its own headaches: more disclosures of Medicaid fraud, a politicized and directionless office and complaints about a lack of cooperation from a congressional committee trying to investigate. The latest embarrassment was a nine-month delay in notifying thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries of breaches of private health information. Who’s inspecting the inspector general?
Kathleen Rice, William Fitzpatrick and Milton Williams Jr. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept promising this session that if the Legislature didn’t vote on public ethics, he would deal with the matter himself–by appointing a Moreland Commission, headed by Rice, Fitzpatrick and Williams, to deal with the matter themselves. So the governor got together some of the state’s most scrupulous legal minds to pore over state campaign filings and other documents in order to make the legislators’ nefarious funding activities more transparent. So what is the first thing they do? Meet in secret. Well played, Mr. Cuomo, well played.
David Petraeus - This whole story couldn’t have played out worse for the four-star general and former CIA director. He was hired to be a visiting professor at CUNY for an eye-popping $150,000. He was blasted in the press for the exorbitant salary, and now, in response, has agreed to teach for one dollar. If he had signed on for a buck in the beginning he would have looked generous and helped rebuild his tarnished image. Instead, the opposite happened.
Mark Weprin - The Queens councilman may well have done no wrong, but he must be hoping that things take a turn for the better next week. Adding to pressure from the city’s police union, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took aim at Weprin for a vote supporting the controversial Community Safety Act, which would create an NYPD inspector general and potentially make it easier to combat racial profiling. Then, the Post linked Weprin to Van Holmes, a nonprofit leader arrested for pocketing cash from disgraced former lawmaker Shirley Huntley. Weprin denied having any connection to the widening scandal, but this week everything seemed to be off the mark.
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