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Amid City Budget Crisis, New Scrutiny on Millions in NYPD Settlements

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

With the city paying out tens of millions of dollars every year on police misconduct cases, that cries out for some very close accounting and some very close accountability and we have neither.

-NYCLU lawyer Chris Dunn, on the tort payouts the city pays out in legal settlements.

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CityTime Payroll Manager Fired Over Pay Scandal

Thursday, May 26, 2011

To date, the alleged fraud relating to CityTime has only involved subcontractors. This latest development now implicates the prime contractor and compels a comprehensive review of SAIC's billings to the city.

-City Comptroller John Liu, in a letter to Mayor Bloomberg.

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Transportation Nation

Nissan Picked As NYC's "Taxi of Tomorrow"

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Nissan's design for NYC's Taxi of Tomorrow

WNYC's Kathleen Horan is reporting the Taxi of Tomorrow will be Nissan -- and already there are calls for an investigation of a conflict of interest in the contract-letting. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Assembly member Micah Kellner are calling for an investigation -- their letter to NYC Comptroller John Liu is after the jump.  Karsan -- one of the losing entrants (the other was Ford) had promised, if selected, to build its taxis in Brooklyn.  It had one of the most intriguing designs (moon roof, sleek lines), but city officials had expressed concerns about the Turkish company's ability to fulfill the contract.

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WNYC News

Liu OKs Call System Improvements

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New York City Comptroller John Liu gave the go-ahead on the next phase of the 911 call system overhaul now that the Bloomberg administration has reduced its projected cost.

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The Empire

NYC Comptroller says NYC missed $3.3 in taxes

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

As NYC is seeking many millions from Albany, it's ignoring some millions from its tax base.

City Comptroller John Liu said $2,569,740 in uncollected taxes were missed by the city's Department of Finance, due to "flaws in recording payments."

The money is "sorely needed in the fact of looming budget cuts," says Liu. He also noted the Department of Finance wasn't entirely helpful during this audit.They "handed over limited information" and spent $575,000 "to hire an outside consultant" to do a "similar" review as Liu was conducted of the agency.

An additional $785,730 went uncollected because the city did not return to the tax rolls 19 businesses that participated in the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.

While it's true the city is looking in every corner for money - the $3.3 million Liu found palls in comparison to the more than $2 billion Mayor Bloomberg says the city needs to make up for cuts heading their way from Albany.

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The Empire

Spotted: Rice and Katz

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A reader says they spotted Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice meeting with former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz, at Pershing Square, about an hour ago.

Wonder what they were talking about?

Rice was considered the front-runner in the Democratic primary for attorney general last year, but was overtaken by Eric Schnedierman and his support from New York City-based elected officials and unions.

Katz too lost a close race, in 2009, when she ran for the Democratic nomination to become the city's next comptroller. That race was won by John Liu, who put together a multi-ethnic coalition and field operation not entirely dependent on the venerable Working Families Party organization.

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WNYC News

Head of City Payroll Office Resigns

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The head of the office that oversees the troubled CityTime payroll system has resigned, effective December 31.

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Comptroller John Liu's Year In Review

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In this time of fiscal austerity it is not clear to me, as Comptroller, that we really do need all of those consultants working for the city.

- John Liu, New York City Comptroller

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WNYC News

NYC Economy Recovering But Deficits Loom for City

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New York City’s economy has recovered faster than the state and the nation, but larger than expected city deficits and the slowly recovering national economy could keep unemployment high for years to come.

According to city comptroller John Liu, businesses gained 74,000 jobs in the first 10 months of this year. Restaurants, retailers and health care companies accounted for the majority of the new jobs.

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The Empire

Not taking comfort in NYC's economy

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Michael Bloomberg has one viewof NYC's economy. City Comptroller John Liu has another:

According to Liu’s “State of the City’s Economy and Finances” report, New York City gained 74,000 private sector jobs during the first 10 months of 2010, representing 6.6 percent of all private jobs created nationally during the same period. The growth was an about-face from the City’s performance during the past two recessions, during which New York lagged far behind the nation.

Liu says, "We can’t take comfort in the fact that the City is doing slightly better than the nation, when we should be coming up with real solutions to get people back to work, especially in communities of color.”

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The Empire

The Cathie Black Compromise

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

After an advisory panel rejected a waiver for Mayor Bloomberg's school's chancellor nominee, a compromise is being floated:

Let Bloomberg's nominee, Cathie Black, act as a general manager, and have her hire a senior administrator steeped in pedagogical issues.

On the Brian Lehrer Show this morning, outgoing chancellor Joel Klein - who got the kind of waiver Bloomberg is seeking for Black - said he hired a top staffer more familiar with education issues than he was.

But Black's critics are knocking down the idea, saying it skirts the system of checks and balances City Hall says they're seeking in schools.

"It would dilute the accountability,"says city comptroller John Liu.

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The Empire

Anthony Weiner (further) embraces the left

Thursday, October 28, 2010

As he prepares for a mayoral run in 2013, Congressman Anthony Weiner continues fashioning himself as a darling of progressives. Today, he live-chats on DailyKos at 3 p.m.

In the 2005 race, he positioned himself more as a centrist Democrat, a la Ed Koch. But for 2013, the move left isn't much of an option for Weiner as his likely rivals in the Democratic primary carve out their respective constituencies. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn - who opposed the Kingsbridge Armory development plan and paid-sick day - is angling herself as a business-friendly Democrat. She'll also likely to be the first major mayoral candidate here who is openly gay (and could be the only woman in the race, which could do a lot to attract Democratic primary voters).

Bill de Blasio, the public advocate who helped found the Working Families Party, is likely to get a lion's share of organized labor backing.

Shortly after Mayor Bloomberg said he favored rolling back term-limits, former City Comptroller and 2009 mayoral candidate Bill Thompson popped up on NY1 and in news stories, reminding people he fought the mayor on this issue (and nearly won!).

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has backed a number of progressive Democrats for office, and ingrained himself in the daily lives of New Yorkers on substantive (non-partisan issues) issues like like food access and bike lane safety.

John Liu, the current city comptroller (and top vote getter in 2009!), would be the first Asian-American mayoral candidate. He's already the first Asian-American elected citywide here. While helped by organized labor and the WFP, his campaign aides were quick to note that he formed his own multi-racial coalition which, unlike the WFP, had no legal clouds hovering overheard.

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The Empire

Front Page Paladino

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The paper that already endorsed Andrew Cuomo puts his GOP rival on the front page. (newseum.org)

I'm not sure what to make of the front page of the Daily News today. Does it help or hurt Carl Paladino?

In some ways, it reminds me of the front page stories the Daily News ran last year about John Liu claiming he worked in a "sweatshop," something his mother denied.

Liu went on to win the crowded Democratic primary he was in, and later, his consultants, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, said the front-page exposure was to thank.

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WNYC News

Comptroller's Office Launches Database of City Expenditures

Monday, July 26, 2010

As part of the station’s role as a watchdog of government transparency, WNYC has been following the $508 million renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge.  So when a database detailing exactly what New York City is spending went live this month, we took it for a test drive.

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WNYC News

Comptroller Run-off Debate

Friday, September 25, 2009

In their last debate before Tuesday's run-off election, the two remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for City Comptroller faced off last night. Councilmen David Yassky and John Liu were cordial, but they clashed sharply on issues from term limits to each other's integrity.

Listen to the debate:

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WNYC News

City Comptroller Race Headed for Runoff

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

High school student volunteers for John Liu on primary night

High school student volunteers for John Liu on primary night

City Councilman John Liu has a slight lead over Councilman David Yassky in the tight Democratic race for New York City comptroller, ...

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WNYC News

The Hot Contest for City Comptroller

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Who wants a job overseeing a budget billions in the red and protecting pensions in the age of anxious markets?

Katz, Liu, Weprin, Yassky. That's who.

It turns out three City Council members from Queens and one from Brooklyn are willing to spend millions to get the City Comptroller job ...

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WNYC News

Comptroller Candidates Face Off in First TV Debate

Sunday, August 23, 2009

comptrollerListen to the debate:

The four Democratic candidates vying for City Comptroller Bill Thompson's job have faced off in their first official TV debate, sponsored by the city's Campaign Finance Board.

For most of the hour, it ...

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WNYC News

Four Councilmembers Endorse Thompson

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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All four Democratic candidates for comptroller came to the steps of City Hall to endorse City Comptroller Bill Thompson for mayor. This year's Democratic comptroller contenders are Councilwoman Melinda Katz, Councilman David Yasky, Councilman David Weprin, and Councilman ...

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