30 Issues Day 1: Comptroller Runoff

Monday, September 21, 2009

While this Fall's 30Issues in 30Days will focus on the NY Mayoral and NJ Gubernatorial races, today the series begins with a look at the runoff in the NYC Democratic Comptroller race, and specifically how the candidates plan to manage the city's pension fund. David Yassky and John Liu make their case ahead of next Tuesday's special election.


Comptroller John Liu and David Yassky

Comments [8]

Ben from Brooklyn

How would David Yassky answer to two concerns that many voters (including this one) have about him:
(1) While in the City Council, he voted to overturn term limits, which the voters TWICE approved. He didn't choose to resubmit the question to the will of the voters, he chose to overturn their clear desire. Why?
(2) While serving Brooklyn, he supported the Atlantic Yards development when the neighborhoods surrounding the project (his district) needed a clear voice of skepticism. Instead, he supported a "reduced" development and we are now left with a giant hole in the ground, a revised ugly design, and a city report saying this will soak up taxpayer funds and be a net loss. If this is what he did for his constituents last time, why exactly should he be earning a new job?

Sep. 21 2009 11:49 AM
Rich from Staten Island

Officials in NYC should re-evaluate the use of civil service employees use of overtime and the pension costs associated with this system.

Sep. 21 2009 11:40 AM
Tonky from Brooklyn

Forgive my straightforward question, but is Mr. Liu a communist sympathizer?

The weekend before the primaries I was walking in Park Slope and received a local newspaper that dedicated an entire issue to outlining Mr. Liu's allegiance to the Chinese government and his lack of support for Falun Gong protesters.

I genuinely want to hear his response to these allegations ( likely smears )

Sep. 21 2009 11:35 AM
paul from nyc

what percent of the pension funds is spent on health care?

Sep. 21 2009 11:34 AM
JohnG from Manhattan

Which of your guests will pledge to focus exclusively on being an comptroller and steward of the city's funds, instead of part-time comptroller and full time candidate for mayor?

Sep. 21 2009 11:28 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Is Israel exempt from human right concern by the NYC pension funds?.

Sep. 21 2009 11:26 AM
Gabrielle from Brooklyn

another one...
what previous accomplishments are your guests particularly proud of?

Sep. 21 2009 10:08 AM
Gabrielle from Brooklyn

What is one thing that is not working now that your guests would change if they were elected?

Sep. 21 2009 09:05 AM

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