This week's biggest Winners & Losers

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This week's biggest Winners & Losers

Who's up and who's down this week?
January 14, 2021

Buckle up and be warned – if you plan to follow the New York City mayoral race online over the next five months, your Twitter feed and Instagram stories are about to be completely dominated by the Yang Gang. Former presidential candidate and memelord Andrew Yang has entered the race, so be ready for chanting, MATH hats and – as always – lots of winners and losers.

Winners: 
Ray McGuire

The Met Gala was cancelled, so the new place for New York City’s rich and powerful to be seen is mayoral candidate Ray McGuire’s fundraising rolls. The former Citigroup vice chairman raised an eye-popping $5 million in his first three months from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife and Knicks owner James Dolan. But winning over the moneyed class was the easy part. Will the average New Yorker want to grab a Dom Perignon with him?

Mara Manus

The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened New York's stake as an arts and culture hub. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo put a new spotlight on the sector in his series of State of the State speeches, pledging to bring back live performances and get artists back to work. With the help of the New York State Council on the Arts led by Mara Manus, New York will bring some star power back to state with pop-up events from celebrities like Amy Schumer and Chris Rock. As long as rapid testing proves to work, it looks like artists, theaters and others may be reaching the next stage of our "new normal."

Lester Young Jr.

Since its formation in 1784, the state Board of Regents has never had a Black chancellor. That changed when the board unanimously elected Lester Young Jr. to the position. Young has been in public service for 50 years, getting his start first in the New York City Department of Education where he held a variety of positions. Since 2008, he’s been a regent at large on the board. In all that time, Young has made supporting marginalized students and achieving education equity among his top priorities. Now he can continue his work as one of the top educational leaders in the state.

Losers: 
Donald Trump

President Donald Trump will go down in history as many things, but this week he cemented another legacy: the first president in history to be impeached twice. It’s a fitting coda for a single-term president whose tenure closes with a violent mob of his supporters storming the U.S. Capitol, repeating the president’s false claims of election fraud. We may never know what Trump’s immediate reaction to his second impeachment was, or his reaction to 10 Republicans – including Rep. John Katko – voting in favor of it. In addition to being vacated from the White House this month, he’s also been kicked off Twitter. It’s hard to say which one he’ll miss more.

Leticia Remauro

According to this candidate for Staten Island Borough President, sometimes you just gotta say “Heil Hitler.” Except… you really don’t. You should literally never say that. Facing heaps of criticism, Remauro tried to walk back her statement by saying she meant “mein Führer”... which also, no?! For someone who was trying to cast the state’s COVID-19 restaurant restrictions as fascist, Remauro sure is comfortable throwing around Nazi salutes on record.

Luis Sepúlveda

The Bronx Democrat is fighting for political survival after allegedly strangling his wife last weekend State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins took away his chairmanship of the Crime Victims, Crime And Correction Committee and a growing group of legislative colleagues are calling for his resignation. Revelations about past accusations of criminal behavior hardly help his efforts to clear his name in the court of public opinion no matter what happens with his ongoing legal problems. 

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