The New York City Comptroller Race: John Liu & David Yassky

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Today and tomorrow, Brian is interviewing the Democratic candidates running for New York City Comptroller. Up first today, conversations with candidates John Liu then David Yassky, who will each discuss his qualifications and stances on the important issues.


Comptroller John Liu and David Yassky

Comments [12]

Guy Patton from NYC

I think this video, though comedic, sums up most people's understanding of the role of the comptroller, which is no understanding at all.

Oct. 28 2009 08:02 AM
David Linker from Greenpoint Brooklyn

Prevention is the cure for squandering in which David Yassky is quite inept.
In 2007, David Yassky, received a certified letter concerning damage to the city’s infrastructure, in particular, the storm drains by city contractors working in David’s district of Greenpoint.
In July, 2007, Street paving contractors hired by the DOT were seen dumping thousands of tons of hot asphalt into the storm drains simply because they did not take the easy and economical precaution to cover the drains before the paving truck spread the asphalt. The supervisor claimed that the DEP would clean out the drains on the roads being repaved. This response by a supervisor is equally worrisome.
The damage to the storm drains, the cost of wasted asphalt, as well as eventual flooding of city streets and homes, in addition to the manpower to clean the tons of hardened asphalt were grounds for David Yassky to call for an investigation, yet he has never followed-up on the issue and the contractors are still filling the storm drains when they repaved in July, 2009, and not only in Greenpoint.

Sep. 08 2009 11:22 AM
Gordon from Manhattan

Amazing how the anti Obama, gun nuts surface in odd places. They sit there in the neither regions somewhat like chunks of human effluent float in a cesspool. Gurgling in their own waste, emitting a foul rhetoric from time to time, they polute the body politic.

Sep. 08 2009 10:54 AM
MW from Manhattan

why cant the city make money by licensing and branding its assets. Instead of Poland spring making money from bottled water why cant Filtered Bottled NYC water system (supposedly the best in the country) water be sold with profits that benefit the city budget?Considering all the money we spend to hydrate ourselves.
Why cant the city get fees from licensing official products and souveneers as well as granting "official providor " status to excellent NYC made products and services to increase the brand and reputation of teh City, and spuring excellance in local business?

Sep. 08 2009 10:45 AM
cnh from NYC

If Yassky is the SOB that has those punk production assistants pestering my life for a few more production jobs, then he just lost my vote. b/t/w the cars those film crew park in my neighborhood have NJ and CT plates most often. What's wrong with that picture?

Sep. 08 2009 10:44 AM
Jason from Brooklyn

Ask Yassky if he plans on bringing post production jobs to NYC. If he wants my vote (and others being left out of all of these proposed production jobs), he'll need to address film & television post production!


Sep. 08 2009 10:42 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

blame yassky for creating the "fix is in" scenario in the williamsburg/greenpoint development and re-zoning. he participated in ruining a great area of our city for the benefit of rich develepors that have no business in this neighborhood. big , empty, overpriced ugly berlin type buildings...thanks yassky. hope you spend your graft money well. if you're a corrupt hassidic developer, go to yassky- he'll take care of you.

Sep. 08 2009 10:39 AM
antonio from park slope

Brian, please ask Mr.Yassky if he was pro/vs. the Nets arena.

Sep. 08 2009 10:37 AM
John from Brooklyn

I was referring to Brian's grilling of John Liu.

Sep. 08 2009 10:37 AM
John from Brooklyn

This interview seems a little harsh.

Sep. 08 2009 10:34 AM
michael from new york

Please inform this gentleman that the word "comptroller" is pronounced "controller." Always. No exceptions.

Sep. 08 2009 10:28 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

My friends in NYC say that John is not the brightest bulb available; he seems to be a nice guy who will say and do anything to advance his career. Please ask David how his anti-gun stand holds up now that the US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the 2nd Amendment being an individual right under the Bill of Rights and Civil War Amendments. Also how much money is David willing to spend to defend NYPD’s unconstitutional gun regs? They are now clearly susceptible to an equal protection and due process challenge. The Federal courts have dismissed approximately 95% of the cases against firearms while most of the challenges against unreasonable regulations are going forward. As Comptroller, one of these guys will already be paying out $50 - $100,000,000.00 annually in suits and settlements against NYPD -- can New Yorkers afford to spend more?

PS - Brian, no Obama school speech (influence them while they’re young) or Commie Van Jones forced to resign because of conservative talk radio outing him as a racist, communist, and 9-11 “truther” segments? Your sanitized news coverage is very Stalinesque.

Sep. 08 2009 10:17 AM

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