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Weighing In On The Comptroller's Race
January 28th, 2007

As we reported earlier, the panel of three former comptrollers has picked three finalists to replace Alan Hevesi, who resigned last month after pleading guilty to a felony. The candidates selected are city finance commissioner Martha Stark, investment banker and Spitzer ally William Mulrow and Nassau County comptroller Howard Weitzman. None of the state legislators vying for the post made the cut, which has led to reports that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would ignore the panel’s recommendations.

An editorial in the Times says that the legislature should stick to selecting from among the three finalists — and suggests that Nassau County comptroller Howard Weitzman is the best fit for the job.

An editorial in the Daily News begins: “Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and his Democratic colleagues face a fateful test when they gather this week to vote into office a new state controller. Will they choose competence or cronyism?”

An editorial in Newsday ends: “In a perfect political world, Spitzer shouldn’t have gotten so involved in picking his own fiscal overseer. Silver shouldn’t have said he preferred an Assembly member. Now public confidence will be best served by the legislature choosing one of three candidates vetted by the panel.”

By on January 28, 2007, 6:39 am
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One Response to “Weighing In On The Comptroller's Race”

  1. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Unfit For Comptroller Says:
    January 30th, 2007 at 8:30 am

    [...] With the replacement for Alan Hevesi as New York State comptroller expected soon (or at least requested right away) , many editorial writers have made clear their view that the new comptroller should be one of the three finalists chosen by the special panel of former comptrollers; they disagree with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silvers attempts to assure a member of the legislation gets the post. Today, an editorial in the New York Post goes one step further: No assemblyman is qualified for the job – simply by virtue of the fact that he is an assemblyman. That’s partly because the Legislature, as a whole, is criminally tainted. In the past few years alone, no fewer than 10 lawmakers have been convicted, indicted or probed for malfeasance. Not coincidentally, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is the subject of an extensive federal criminal investigation. But it’s also because many of the body’s legal shenanigans – while largely unindictable – demonstrate a stunning lack of rectitude. The Post then lists a half dozen examples, three of them making what the Post considers financially imprudent moves in order to appease various unions. Compiled by Jonathan Mandell [...]

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