Pataki's Borrowing Binge and Alan Hevesi
November 22nd, 2006

In a change of pace, State Comptroller Alan Hevesi is making headlines for doing his job. His office has issued a report accusing the Pataki administration of bingeing with the state’s money on his way out the door. According to Hevesi, the Public Authorities Control Board is set to approve $11.4 billion in bonds; the board has approved about $500 million in bonds each month over the past year.

Daily News reporter Bill Hammond writes on the Daily Politics that Hevesi’s report is an “amazing” illustration of “something I’ve been hearing for a couple of months now,” and others commend Hevesi for doing his job despite the, um, distractions.

The embattled comptroller doesn’t quite escape them, however.

Capitol Confidential points out that Hevesi’s report comes immediately after Pataki signed an executive order pushing forward the investigation which may end his political career.

Hammond comes back to the “Driving Mrs. Hevesi” angle as well:

“Hevesi may also be providing cover for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to vote no on projects he doesn’t like. Hevesi is under pressure from Gov.-elect Spitzer and others to resign over the “Driving Mrs. Hevesi” scandal, in which he assigned a state employee to chauffeur his ailing wife, and Silver has been one of his staunchest defenders.”

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