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2013 Mayoral Dems Back Meng’s Bid for the 6th

Monday, April 16, 2012

Assemblywoman Grace Meng got the unified endorsement of four probable 2013 mayoral candidates - Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and former comptroller Bill Thompson - for her Congressional campaign.

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WNYC News

City Audit Finds Flaws in Assessments

Friday, April 13, 2012

An audit by the New York City comptroller has found flaws in the city's system for determining property values.

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The Empire

Liu Uses Wage Stage for Campaign Optics

Thursday, April 05, 2012

More than 20 people, including City Council members, half a dozen labor leaders, representatives from Housing Development and Preservation, the Consul General of Mexico in New York, an unpaid Mexican building worker, a representative from the immigrant advocate group Make The Road, and several other Comptroller office staffers filed in behind a podium, flanking Comptroller Liu on both sides.

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The Empire

Liu Announces Wage Settlement for Building Workers

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

City Comptroller John Liu announced a $1.2 million settlement on behalf of building workers from four city sites and called on those workers to come forward to collect their unpaid wages.

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WNYC News

Garodnick Says He'll Run to Replace Liu

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Councilman Daniel Garodnick has announced his candidacy to replace embattled New York City Comptroller John Liu.

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WNYC News

NYC Comptroller Appoints New Campaign Treasurer

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Embattled New York City Comptroller John Liu has a new campaign treasurer.

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The Empire

Liu pivots from pension risks to benefits for workers without retirement security

Monday, March 26, 2012

Colby Hamilton / WNYC

For a while, the conversation around pensions has primarily been focused on the cost and risk public pensions present to their fiscal backstops, the taxpayers. During this year’s budget negotiations Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed for changes to the system for future public employees. They were needed, he said, because New York’s state and local governments could not afford the system as-is. He was at least partially successful.

Now, the man in charge of the city’s pension system, Comptroller John Liu, wants to change the focus on pensions, from the debate over their sustainability to a wider discussion about retirement security, and the positive role public pension funds could play.

On Monday, Liu joined Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, director of the New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, to promote an idea they say could help the 60 percent or so of New Yorkers currently without a retirement plan by allowing them to buy into the public pension system.

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WNYC News

City's 911 Call System Redo Is a $2B Bungle: Audit

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Bloomberg administration's re-design of the city's 911 emergency call system is $1 billion over-budget and seven years behind schedule, according to a comprehensive audit of the project by City Comptroller John Liu.

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AP Interview: Liu Defends Fundraising, Treasurer

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It has become a piece of generally held wisdom in New York political circles: City Comptroller John Liu has lost any shot of becoming mayor in 2013 amid a federal investigation into his fundraising practices that has led to two arrests.

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The Empire

Quinn continues her lead 2013 mayoral polling

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A new Quinnipiac University poll is out and you know what that means: a new 2013 mayoral candidate question.

According to the poll, Council Cpeaker Christine Quinn continues to be the favorite of those polled, with 25 percent saying if they had to pick a candidate today, she'd be it.

Before we get to the rest of the numbers, it's worth noting two things about the poll. One, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was not included as a potential candidate, unlike previous Quinnipiac surveys. And two, the continued troubles Comptroller John Liu has had over his campaign's fundraising practices.

Given both those, who appears to win from both situation? Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, followed by Speaker Quinn. Let's take a look at this poll's numbers, side-by-side the last poll in December.

13-Mar 15-Dec 19-Oct 27-Jul
2012 2011 2011 2011
Markowitz 15 13 14 12
Stringer 7 5 5 4
Liu 7 7 10 10
Quinn 25 18 17 18
Thompson 13 7 8 8
Allon 2 - - 1
de Blasio 9 6 6 6
Kelly na 24 25 23
SOMEONE ELSE(VOL) 5 4 4 2
DK/NA 17 15 12 16

To be fair, everyone did a little bit better. It will be interesting to see what the numbers look like when they drop Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's name from the list.

Also in the poll voters were asked if they believed Comptroller Liu should resign. A plurality--44 percent--said no, even as the number that said yes climbed significantly to 33 percent.

“Who should move into City Hall when Mayor Bloomberg moves out? Council Speaker Christine Quinn tops the list of usual suspects and has an impressive job approval,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. “After the drum-beat of negative news, Comptroller John Liu’s job approval numbers are tepid, but New Yorkers don’t think he should quit.”

The poll surveyed 964 New York City voters between March 6 and 11. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. Both land lines and cell phones were used.

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WNYC News

Campaign Finance Scandal Gives City Comptroller John Liu Labor Pains

Friday, March 09, 2012

A cloud has been over City Comptroller John Liu's since his campaign treasurer was arrested over a week ago. His current problems may be undermining his image as the city's chief fiscal watchdog, and leading to weaker support from unions.

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WNYC News

Comptroller John Liu Stays on Message: Stays Calm, Carries On

Monday, March 05, 2012

Attempting to divert attention from his ballooning campaign finance scandal, City Comptroller John Liu refused to say Monday whether the treasurer arrested for her alleged involvement in a federal corruption case was still employed by his campaign.

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The Empire

Liu, like DiNapoli, wielding pension power to push corporate behavior

Monday, March 05, 2012

Comptroller Liu sees costs dropping in the future.

Courtesy of the comptroller's office/Paul Brumlik

Embattled New York City Comptroller John Liu announced this morning that the city's pension funds had worked with two companies they invest in to agree to protect workers against sexual orientation and identity discrimination. Like his counterpart at the state level, Comptroller Tomas DiNapoli, Liu is using the city's public pension funds to push forward a political agenda--one of the benefits defenders of the pension systems point to for protecting them.

The companies in the agreement, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Constellation Brands, a large alcoholic beverage distributor, will now not have to put a proposal forward to shareholders to "adopt a written policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity," according to the report.

“These companies are to be commended for upholding basic rights of their employees,” Comptroller Liu said in a statement.  “As long-term shareholders we know that when companies refuse to protect their employees against discrimination, they drive away the best and the brightest. Equal rights in the workplace help ensure that long-term shareholder value is protected and build a more equitable society.”

Last month, Comptroller DiNapoli announced an agreement with three California-based companies to disclose their corporate political contributions. DiNapoli, in an interview with the Empire in January, DiNapoli pointed to the ability of pension funds as vehicles for social change as one of their additional benefits:

“By aggregating that capital, we can not only maximize the power to get superior return,” the Comptroller said. “You also can focus on the other ways in which you can make those companies you invest in be responsible corporate citizens in a way that makes their business model sustainable and profitable.”

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WNYC News

Meet Comptroller John Liu’s Treasurer Jenny Hou

Friday, March 02, 2012

Jenny Hou is a 25-year-old Rutgers graduate who grew up in Beijing, loves to talk about food and is a big fan of the Knicks standout Jeremy Lin.

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The Empire

A 'stunned' Liu works on damage control in fundraising scandal

Thursday, March 01, 2012

WNYC's Brigid Bergin brings us up to speed on Comptroller John Liu's fundraising scandal:

City Comptroller John Liu says he’s still “stunned” by the arrest of his campaign treasurer, Jia “Jenny” Hou. He said, “at this point there are probably a few things that will stun me again.”

Still, it was business as usual for John Liu on Thursday. He kept a busy public schedule, stopping to speak briefly with reporters on his way to an event at the Chinese Benevolent Association in the afternoon. He appeared stressed, but Liu said he was “moving forward.”

“My campaign has been accused of many allegations. My supporters have been accused. My staff, my campaign staff has been accused,” Liu elaborated. “At some point, as I've always said, like with every other candidate, I'm responsible for what happens with my own campaign and will continue to do so.”

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WNYC News

Liu Still Reeling from Staffer’s Arrest, Focuses on Future

Thursday, March 01, 2012

City Comptroller John Liu says he’s still “stunned” by the arrest of his campaign treasurer, Jia “Jenny” Hou. He said, “at this point there are probably few things that will stun me again.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Liu Fundraising Arrest

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Bob Hennelly, WNYC contributing editor for politics and investigations, talks about the arrest of New York City Comptroller John Liu's campaign treasurer and what this means for Liu's political future.

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WNYC News

Liu Deflects Blame in Wake of Campaign Treasurer's Arrest

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A day after his campaign treasurer was arrested, City Comptroller John Liu skirted blame by saying he was not in charge of day-to-day operations of his campaign.

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WNYC News

Inside the Criminal Complaint Against Liu’s Campaign Treasurer

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The criminal complaint against city Comptroller's John Liu's campaign treasurer, Jenny Hou, on fraud and obstruction charges offers a detailed account of the alleged conspiracy that could land the 25-year old in jail for 60 years.

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The Empire

Comptroller Liu's campaign treasurer arrested--updated

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Colby Hamilton / WNYC

With reporting from WNYC's Bob Hennelly

UPDATE: New York City's comptroller says he plans to reassess whether to run for office in 2013 following the arrest of his campaign treasurer in a continuing probe of the Democrat's fundraising efforts.

Comptroller John Liu said, "We are going to sort through this stuff and figure out what the next course of action will be."

Liu, considered a potential candidate to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, faced a throng of reporters Tuesday night, wanting to know if the arrest of a key player in his campaign had derailed his plans for 2013.

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