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 Jonathan Mandell on January 28, 2007, 6:39 am
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