She earned a pyrrhic victory by restricting Rudy's girlfriend Judi Nathan from Gracie Mansion. But now he's a hero and Donna's history. Loser.
Ground Zero Looters
People like Johnny Dunham, who impersonated a firefighter to loot the destroyed Tourneau watch store, or the culprits who stole tons of scrap metal from the smoldering site made it seem as though all sense of shame and propriety got obliterated on 9/11 too. Villains.
Proof positive that no matter how sure the race seems, you can never get too comfortable in a lead. Loser.
He staged the ultimate coup in a mayoral race no one thought he would win. Winner.
Port Authority workers caught scamming WTC relief funds
The "dirty dozen" cafeteria employees walked away with more than $14,000 in relief checks, even though they had been reassigned to new jobs and never lost pay. Villains.
She cashed in on being cute and perky (even in the Osama era). The Today host's reported $65 million contract renewal with NBC makes her the highest paid personality in TV news. Winner.
Diana D. Brooks
She tried to save herself by narc-ing on boss Al Taubman in the Sotheby's price-fixing scandal; but sentencing will reveal how much clemency Brooks earned for her testimony. Loser.
Donna Hanover's Attorney
Suddenly, Victor Kovner has the monumental task of making the year's most sainted figure look like the bad guy. Loser.
The brand-new team made its debut last summer in its new Coney Island stadium, and baseball fans immediately took notice, regularly cramming themselves into the arena. Suddenly, baseball in Brooklyn was the hip thing to do. Winners.
Okay, so they're not exactly losers. But when you're this good, anything less than a championship is a disappointment. Losers.
He bought himself into a pot of trouble with the acquisition of the now defunct Inside, had to shut down Contentville.com, then was forced to put his own Brill's Content magazine out to pasture. Maybe his new $1 million book deal and Newsweek gig will ease the pain. Loser.
He wept on TV over his lost Cantor Fitzgerald employees, not to mention his own brother. He started a relief fund to raise money for the victim's families. He's the new brand of caring, emotional CEO! Hero.
Howard Lutnick, Part 2
Then he stopped lost employees' paychecks. Villain.
New York Giants
It was bad enough that they lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. But 34-7? No wonder it was the second lowest rated broadcast since 1992. Losers.
Yes, she was booed when she spoke at the Concert for New York City. But this was a year in which the senator consolidated her political power and shed the taint of her husband's shenanigans. Winner.
The organization has been feeding people who'd otherwise go hungry since 1981. This September it faced its greatest challenge ever, and rose to the occasion by helping to feed -- every day -- rescue workers, victims' families, and those who lost their jobs in the tragedy of 9/11. Heroes.
Everybody tuned in and logged on when those planes crashed in September. But otherwise, 2001 was not a memorable year for the media. Another magazine seemed to fold every other week. And those that stayed in business faced huge drops in ad pages. Loser.
The TriBeCa Grill chef spearheaded the effort to turn a barge on the Hudson into a kitchen to feed rescue workers at Ground Zero. Gray Kunz, Daniel Boulud and other prominent chefs got on board, and suddenly the FDNY were the best fed people in town. Hero.
The "Be a Part of It" Ads
Barbara Walters auditioning for a Broadway musical. Yogi Berra leading the Philharmonic. Henry Kissinger stealing home at Yankee Stadium. The hilarious ads promoting NYC tourism prove we haven't lost our sense of humor. If we didn't already live here, we'd visit. Winner.
There was perhaps no greater winner this year than the mayor, who transformed himself from tabloid fodder to national hero. Winner.
Had New Yorkers ever stopped to cheer a passing fire truck before 9/11? Heroes.
The Airline Industry
A nightmare worse than any imagined had especially dire consequences for airlines, who still must cope with dismally low traffic and new security burdens despite a $15 billion bailout from Congress. And just when things seemed at their lowest, American Airlines lost 260 passengers in the crash in Queens. Loser.
She claimed she wasn't drunk when she slung an epithet at a club bouncer and then backed an SUV into a crowd of people. Villain.
For a time, the Finest seemed to reside in the villain camp. Now, whether they're patrolling streets or sifting through rubble at Fresh Kills, they are more appreciated than ever. Heroes.
She had her work cut out for her following the late Liz Tilberis's class act as editor of Harper's Bazaar, but never found her groove and was quickly shown the door. Loser.
The 76-year-old former Sotheby's chairman could face three years in prison for a price-fixing scheme with rival auction house Christie's. He'll look good in stripes. Villain.
Rudy's luster has rubbed off on the governor, who is now considering running for a third term. He'd better work fast though; critics are already complaining about his inability to get Congressional funds for the recovery. Winner.
The Rockaway-born Democrat congressman, a major presence at the Flight 587 crash site, has also proven he can go head to head with even the most strident right-wingers on the talkfest circuit. Winner.
He designed the I * NY logo, and then re-designed it to reflect life in the city after 9/11, reminding us to love the city more than ever. Hero.
He kicked into high gear with Rudy in managing the crisis, helping secure a city in chaos and mourning; and now he may be the first acting police commissioner with a bestseller, The Lost Son. Winner.
The millionaire son of real estate mogul Seymour Durst is now in prison, suspected of two murders including that of his wife in 1982, after he jumped bail and got caught after trying to steal -- of all things -- a chicken sandwich. Villain.
Controversial and aggressive, Healy claimed she was forced to resign as president of the American Red Cross in October after being criticized for supporting an Israeli chapter of the charity and arguing with board members over fundraising decisions. Loser.
Charles and Cynthia Gavett
The Georgia couple, just one of many who tried to defraud insurance companies or relief funds with false claims, tried to fake Cynthia's death... and even got their 14-year-old daughter in on the scam. Villains.
Talk has garnered a lot of talk all right -- mostly about everything from Brown's staff shuffles to rumors that Hearst might pull out as a backer. Maybe the hard-nosed editor was too busy trying to stop publication of Judy Bachrach's nasty bio, Tina and Harry Come to America. Loser.
Thomas L. Friedman
Two of his books are on the bestseller list; his New York Times column is a must-read; Harper's poked fun at him; readers gush about him. He's done everything from Meet the Press to Letterman. What's next, a gig hosting Saturday Night Live? Winner.
You know how the Democratic party is a shambles? Without Sharpton's role in denying Mark Green a Freddie Ferrer endorsement after the run-off, it wouldn't be quite so bad. Villain.
The onetime whiz-kid Internet analyst ended the year with egg on his face when Merrill Lynch dropped him from the payroll. Loser.
Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
Back in October we declared Brooklyn's Goldstein High one of the best public schools in the city. You've heard of Stuyvesant and Bronx Science -- Goldstein is close on their heels. Winner.
He turned a 30-year-old movie into a Broadway smash that won a record-setting 12 Tonys. Can Blazing Saddles, the Musical be far behind? Winner.
New York (and Washington) turned almost religiously to the Princeton economist and New York Times columnist for answers as the economy went south. Winner.