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?
September 10, 2020

While we appreciate Rep. Max Rose’s brevity in his political criticism, a couple extra sentences of clarification could help. Why is Bill de Blasio the worst mayor in the history of New York City? And maybe throw in a joke or two? City & State puts together three good examples each week. De Blasio’s on it pretty often! Rose should read on. 

Randy Mastro

Any number of Giuliani administration vets have stumbled after leaving City Hall. Joe Lhota fixed the subways post-Sandy, but his mayoral bid sunk fast. Bernie Kerik helped to respond to 9/11, but he later ended up behind bars. Rudy Giuliani himself is no longer remembered as America’s Mayor, or even as a crusading federal prosecutor, but instead as a publicity-hungry Donald Trump lackey who’s reportedly a target of the feds. At least there’s Randy Mastro, an ex-Giuliani aide who achieved success as an attorney in the private sector – including winning a high-profile political fight against housing homeless men on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Andrew Rigie

Following a concentrated effort in recent weeks to end the ban on indoor dining in New York City, Andrew Rigie of the New York City Hospitality Alliance and the rest of the restaurant industry managed to convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow the city to catch up to the rest of the state in allowing indoor service. Restaurants will be limited to 25% capacity, face masks required – and instead of hors d'oeuvres, expect pre-entrance temperature checks and contact information sharing. Bon appetit! 

Roberto Ritcher

Though the job of a Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker is already taxing enough during a pandemic, one MTA worker found time for some extracurricular heroics this week. Roberto Ritcher, a subway structure maintainer and a 27-year veteran with the authority, along with an unidentified man, rescued a straphanger who fell onto the tracks just in time before a train pulled up to the platform. Ritcher may not be New York’s first subway hero, but he’s this week’s winner.

James Gordon Bennett

The 19th century publisher of the New York Herald was swept into the dustbin of history this week when the FDNY renamed the eponymous award he endowed in 1869 that honors the best of New York’s Bravest. Disassociating themselves from a Confederate sympathizer only makes sense for a department that has had its own issues with racism over the years. Besides, it’s not like there wasn’t the name of a certified badass on hand who people actually want to remember. 

Robert Hadden

This former Columbia University gynecologist managed to avoid time behind bars four years ago, despite accusations he sexually abused at least six patients. But though he struck a plea deal with the Manhattan DA, he's now facing heat from the feds. Authorities arrested Robert Hadden for allegedly abusing dozens of women – including minors – over nearly 20 years and behaving as a "predator in a white coat," Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss declared. The news reignites previous criticism of Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s handling of cases related to sexual misconduct. Vance took another look at Hadden earlier this year too, launching an investigation based on additional allegations. 

La’Ron Singletary

La’Ron Singletary likely thought he had a long career ahead of him. After all, the 41-year-old was only appointed as Rochester police chief last April after spending his entire career in the Rochester police department. But then Daniel Prude’s death at the hands of police came to light and Singletary’s career came to an end. Protesters demanded his resignation as they and Prude’s family accused him of a coverup. And soon, he was out the door, retiring with the rest of his command staff. It may not be clear if Singletary and the rest were forced out, but if it walks like a duck … 

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