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Before Tuesday’s elections disappear in our rear-view mirror, here are our winners and losers:
John Jay LaValle — The Suffolk County Republican chair bucked advice from above, endorsed Donald Trump, hosted him in Patchogue, and then delivered the most votes for Trump of any county in the state. Yes, that was LaValle standing just off Trump’s shoulder during his victory speech Tuesday night.
Jay Jacobs — The Nassau County Democratic chair notched two big victories, as a prolific fundraiser and key backer of Hillary Clinton and member of her inner circle, and as the county chair that put the State Senate back in play with Todd Kaminsky’s victory in the 9th District.
Working Families Party — The party worked hard on Long Island for Kaminsky. That made the WFP 1-for-3 for the night (see “losers” section below).
The corrupt machine — That would be Sheldon Silver’s machine. Alice Cancel, picked by the Democratic Party and backed by Silver supporters, won his old seat despite calling the disgraced former Assembly speaker a “hero.”
Melissa Mark-Viverito — The City Council speaker was all over NYC with Clinton, whom she backed last fall. She even brought Clinton to a NYCHA building in East Harlem, casting a much-needed spotlight on the poor quality of the city’s public housing.
Chris Collins — The western New Yorker was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump, and he did it in February. Back then, fellow Republicans wondered what he saw in Trump. Now they’re getting it.
Resi Cooper — The Jericho resident and longtime consultant was hired by Clinton last month to direct campaign operations in New York. She delivered a 15-point victory. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Mel Brooks — Partly for the robocall on behalf of great-nephew Kaminsky, and partly because Mel Brooks is always a winner.
John Flanagan — Anyone seen him lately? The State Senate majority leader from East Northport and the state organization took ownership of Chris McGrath’s campaign for the SD 9 seat of Flanagan predecessor Dean Skelos.
Joe Mondello — He said it himself. We lost the Senate seat.
Working Families Party — The WFP worked hard for Sen. Bernie Sanders and lost big. And Yuh-Line Niou, its candidate in the fight for Silver’s Assembly seat, came up short against Cancel.
Ed Cox — The state Republican chairman worked behind the scenes on behalf of Gov. John Kasich as part of the establishment stop-Trump movement. On Thursday, he endorsed Trump. Two days late and two dollars short.
NYC Board of Elections — A perennial. Complaints this time included voters from entire buildings and blocks purged from rolls, polling stations closed when they were supposed to be open, and hostile poll workers. Now, BOE is the subject of two investigations.
Bill de Blasio — The mayor was slow to endorse Clinton and he got the cold shoulder as she barnstormed the state. De Blasio also managed to lose out on another role he coveted — leader of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing. That’s now Sanders.
George Pataki — Again. No one cared when he entered the presidential race, no one cared when he got out, and no one cared that he endorsed distant second-place finisher Kasich.