Unfit For Comptroller
January 30th, 2007
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 Silver’s 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.
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