Winners & Losers

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers

Who’s up and who’s down this week?

They say it's out with the old and in with the new, but in Frank Carone’s case he’s also likely to be highly in demand. The deep-pocketed chief of staff in New York City Mayor Eric Adam’s administration recently announced that he will step down from the position by the end of the year. What’s next for him? Well, he’s already said that he will join Adam’s re-election campaign, but as for what else, that remains to be seen. One thing can be likely counted on though – the longtime Brooklyn Democratic Party lawyer will likely have many callers as he determines his next venture.


Joe Borelli -

Nobody puts a Staten Island City Council district in a corner of Southern Brooklyn. At least the New York City Districting Commission can't yet. In a somewhat unexpected move, the commission tasked with redrawing City Council lines voted against sending its latest set of draft maps to the council as part of the next phase of finalizing new district lines. The city’s least populous and slowest growing borough would have had to share one of its three districts with Brooklyn under the new proposed maps, but in a welcome development for Staten Island City Council Member Joe Borelli, the commission is going back to the drawing board.

Letitia James -

State Attorney General Letitia James might be a shining star for doing what many electeds are afraid to do: hold former President Trump accountable. After three years of sifting through Trump’s business documents spanning ten years, James announced a civil fraud lawsuit against Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization for inflating the value of his net worth by billions. This is perfect timing for James as she’s campaigning for a second term and is less than two months away from election day.

Anthony Marciano -

In a big win for anti-vaxxers, NYPD Detective Anthony Marciano has successfully gotten the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his plea against the city’s vaccine mandate for municipal workers. Marciano, unvaccinated, has remained on active duty while he disputes the mandate in the courts. He’d previously submitted an emergency request for an injunction to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who rejected the bid. However, the same request was resubmitted to Justice Clarence Thomas who accepted the request.


Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn -

Members of the Brooklyn Democrats might be thankful that this year’s general meeting didn’t span over 24 hours, but that doesn’t mean they’re happy about how it went. Folks waited in line for hours to get into a meeting that lasted less time than it took from them to enter. Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn couldn’t even get any business done, including her own reelection as party chair – the venue cut the power because the meeting ran so late. Once again, the Brooklyn Dems offer a model example of exactly how not to lead an effective party.

Patrick Lynch -

No labor union has been more outspoken than Patrick Lynch’s Police Benevolent Association on – well, anything. He’s one of New York City’s greatest complainers. But in this case, it’s the public sector vaccine mandate, which is STILL in effect, despite Mayor Eric Adams officially pulling the private sector vaccine mandate. Lynch is pissed, and while city workers keep up the legal fight (see Marciano, above), the PBA can keep up its stellar, anti-vaxx P.R. work in a city that’s 99% vaccinated.

Katrina Patterson and Krystle Burrell -

The Rikers Island guards pleaded guilty to smuggling in cell phones and drugs in exchange for thousands in bribes. Working on behalf of incarcerated Bloods gang members, the two correction officers acted as liaisons for their associates on the outside. They’ll likely be headed back to jail – without keys.