Who's up and who's down this week?

The state Senate is the Republican’s last bastion of statewide power, but it didn't stop them from spoiling the party.

The state Senate is the Republican Party’s last bastion of statewide power, but it hinges on a single lawmaker. Often, that’s state Sen. Simcha Felder, the Brooklyn Democrat who caucuses with the GOP. But this week, it’s been all about state Sen. Thomas Croci, an actual Republican who was called back to the Navy. Democrats tried to capitalize on Croci’s absence, and Republicans fought back – and neither party looked good. But did any of them make this week’s Winners & Losers list?

WINNERS:

Dan Donovan -

Rep. Dan Donovan did not like the tax bill passed by Republicans last year. In fact, he called it a “tax hike on the people I represent.” That didn’t seem to matter to the fact-averse President Donald Trump, however, who endorsed Donovan over his primary opponent, the Trump-loving felon and former Rep. Michael Grimm. Trump this week announced his support for Donovan in a tweet, saying that he “voted for Tax Cuts.” Like many Trump statements, this was simply not true. Luckily for Donovan, he got a nice boost from the president, who said “his opponent will not” win the seat in November.

Dinesh D’Souza -

The colorful conservative commentator is fifth in the lucky line-up of people getting Trump’s presidential pardons. In 2014, D’Souza plead guilty to illegally using straw donors to support an old college friend running against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, though he still blamed his sentencing on “Obama and his stooges.” And he made sure to tweet former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara a reminder about who came up on top this presidential cycle. Up next on Trump’s pardon list… Martha Stewart?

Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills -

The tweedy monarchist who admiringly educated news media about the British royals during the televised wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry … well, he’s really an Italian-American guy named “Tommy” from upstate New York.  “If we had any journalistic standards, we imagine we’d be quite upset by this news,” one comedian joked. Not so funny for BBC, The Economist and others to whom he conveniently failed to mention his postcolonial upbringing.  Three cheers for Tommy from Bolton Landing, N.Y.!

Tim Rooney -

Casino gambling was supposed to be a big economic development driver in New York, but so far it hasn’t turned out quite the way the governor wanted. So with the casino market only getting more saturated all across the state, it’s no surprise that the Rooney family wanted to get out now. And with MGM Resort International agreeing to buy the Rooneys’ Empire City Casino in Yonkers for $605 million, CEO Tim Rooney came out ahead.

Norm Swanson -

Expect a candlelit dinner, end up with fluorescent-lit Hershey bar. Swanson is just one of the many real estate developers the Syracuse Post-Standard uncovered taking advantage of a state law offering tax breaks for mixed-use development. So while lawmakers may have imagined new apartments above a cute restaurant, Swanson gave them a fully residential building with three vending machines. But that “commercial use” was enough to save him $3 million in property taxes. All that and a bag of chips.

LOSERS:

Phil Boyle -

This GOP state senator’s apparent deal with Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer may be at an end. Schaffer has never backed a strong candidate to take on Boyle, this year throwing his support behind a 20-year-old political newbie. Boyle might have thought he would cruise to victory again, but now he faces Democrat Lou D’Amaro in what is expected to be a highly competitive race on Long Island that could determine who controls the state Senate. D’Amaro, a former Suffolk County legislator, was handpicked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has already announced his endorsement.

Rudy Giuliani -

Take him out of the ball game! Take him out of the crowd! The former New York City mayor turned President Trump attorney/talking head and conspiracy theorist was not met with any love when he spent his birthday at a Yankees game, where he got booed by other fans. The hostile welcome must have stung for a loud and proud Yankees fan like himself. He tried to brush off the incident by explaining they “boo when they love you.” Sure, Rudy.

Jay Kiyonaga -

This state official had a “history of improper and sexually inappropriate acts” that was “reprehensible and indefensible,” according to a report by the state inspector general. But despite years of alleged abuse, Kiyonaga wasn’t fired until a complaint was filed this week accusing the Cuomo administration of a “complete failure” to “deal with this serial sexual harasser and discriminator.” The lesson in all this may be: If a harassment complaint gets bottled up in the state government bureaucracy, take it to the governor.

Chirlane McCray -

More overhead. Fewer donations. An absentee leader. And she wants to run for office? The Times’ chronicle of the first lady of New York City’s record at the Mayor’s Fund for New York City is damning, painting her as barely involved at all. In fact, she hadn’t visited her office there, with its special nameplate for her, for a year. To be fair, she’s been quite busy defending her husband’s hot-headed disdain for the press.

Andrea Stewart-Cousins -

What is the point of finally being the leader of a united conference when you still can’t get stuff done? After attempting to force a vote on gun control in February, state Senate Democrats failed again at forcing a hostile amendment on reproductive rights this week, even with a 31-31 balance in the chamber and the Democratic lieutenant governor as tie-breaker. Stewart-Cousins, a staunch advocate of women’s issues, was also criticized this week for endorsing former IDC Leader Jeff Klein for reelection – despite the fact that, in the words of his former staffer, he’s an “accused predator.”

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