This week's Winners & Losers includes a sanitation worker raking in a quarter-million-dollar pension, a trash-talking lawmaker, low-down tow truckers getting the bill, and the most offensive dinner in town served at a politically correct university.
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The Mario M. Cuomo Bridge was once again a source of controversy this week, but this time it was thanks to Chevy Chase, who chased a car – was it a Chevy? – in a road rage confrontation and suffered a swift kick to his … shoulder. That strange news didn’t land Chase on this week’s Winners & Losers list, which does include a sanitation worker raking in a quarter-million dollar pension, a trash-talking lawmaker, low-down tow truckers getting the bill, and the most offensive dinner in town served at a politically correct university. But who wins and loses is up to you.
Jamie Dimon -
The head of JPMorgan Chase gets to build a new home base, at the same site as its current headquarters but nearly 20 stories taller. Employees will eventually get a more modern and less crowded space to work in. New York City officials get to tout a major new development coming out of the rezoning of Manhattan’s Midtown East. And instead of shelling out subsidies, the city will get $40 million in public infrastructure improvements.
Eugene Egan -
Eugene Egan is a retired New York City sanitation worker. And he’s getting a whopping $285,047 from his city pension. That’s more than twice what he was making when he was actually working. Egan had been working for the city since 1973 before retirement, so he argues that he’s more than earned his pension after 60 years of employment. Still, it must be nice to make more money in retirement than on the job.
Geraldine Hart -
This week, the FBI veteran and leader of the bureau’s Long Island office was named as chief of the Suffolk County Police. Not only is she the first woman appointed to the role, but she comes in with a noteworthy track record – including helping to bring to justice a predecessor, former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, for beating a suspect in custody. With officials like Hart in place, maybe Suffolk County will be able to clean up its act.
Marc Molinaro -
The Dutchess County executive may have declined to run for governor in January, but that hasn’t stopped some GOP members from launching a #DraftMolinaro campaign to get him to reconsider. With Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s campaign gone kaput and potential spoiler Harry Wilson out of the way, the roster of GOP gubernatorial candidates – state Sen. John DeFrancisco, former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra and former state housing commissioner Joseph Holland – isn’t the A-Team. Even if Molinaro doesn’t jump in, having supporters statewide and some good press isn’t so bad.
J. Phillip Thompson -
Isn’t this guy too smart to go into politics? The Harvard-educated MIT professor is climbing down from his ivory tower and through the marbled columns of City Hall to join the de Blasio administration as the deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives. The former Dinkins staffer has been keeping his eye on NYC, advising Gov. Andrew Cuomo and writing heady reviews of Bill de Blasio’s mayoralty through the lens of “new urban populism.”
Andrew Hamilton -
The New York University president wasn’t directly responsible for his school’s racist menu offerings, but someone had to take the blame. An NYU dining hall this week offered up a special Black History Month menu with collard greens, barbeque ribs, cornbread, watermelon flavored water and Kool-Aid. In his apology, Hamilton called the menu “inexcusably insensitive,” adding that NYU had no hand in its creation. Ultimately, that didn’t matter, and Hamilton was left to try to clean up the mess of NYU’s food services provider Aramark.
Lisa Percoco -
Whether or not anyone is convicted in the corruption trial of Joe Percoco and several business executives, the court testimony is certainly ruining a few reputations. This week, the wife of Percoco had her turn in the spotlight, thanks to what prosecutors described as a “low-show” job that paid $90K per year. Even worse, a witness testified that she had refused to take a pay cut before was eventually let go. For the rest of us who have to actually do full-time work to get paid, it seems like a reasonable outcome.
Linda Rosenthal -
We all know politics is a dirty game, but the assemblywoman’s simmering jealousy of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has Linda whipping up wicked names for Brewer: “the hag.” Apparently, former Rosenthal staffers remember that her petty animosity “burns with a passion of a thousand suns.” We understand the assemblywoman is against declawing cats, but perhaps she might consider some rhetorical version … for herself.
Daniel Steininger -
Steininger allegedly had a lock on the New York City towing industry, creating shell companies to pick up and drive away with all the city contacts he could hook. It all came crashing down with an indictment from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance that’s sure to leave his business interests a wreck – but at least the road is clear for honest competitors to drive in.
Claudia Tenney -
Republican lawmakers often accuse progressives of “politicizing” a tragedy when they bring up gun control after a mass shooting. The week after the Parkland shooting, this GOP congresswoman said in a radio interview that many mass shooters “end up being Democrats.” Tenney later released a statement that didn’t explain where she got that statistic, instead blaming “the media and liberals” for trying to “demonize” gun owners and “politicize tragedies.” After several children were killed, Claudia kept it classy by attacking political enemies.