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Comptroller Warns of Shutdown Consequences for New York

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

New York's comptroller is warning that a prolonged government shutdown could depress the state's already struggling economy.

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Comptroller Looking For Startup Companies to Invest In

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said he’s looking for more startup companies and entrepreneurs to invest in, as part of a partnership between the state’s pension fund and private equity managers.

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Fiscal Cliff Cuts Would be Deepest for New York's Disadvantaged

Thursday, December 06, 2012

New York stands to take a $600 million hit in 2013 if Congress fails to avert automatic spending cuts slated for January, which would fall disproportionately on poor and middle-income New Yorkers, according to a new study. 

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WNYC News

DiNapoli: Fiscal Cliff Would Cost NY Dearly

Thursday, December 06, 2012

New Yorkers will face a $43 billion tax hike next year if Washington does nothing to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who calls the planned tax hikes and spending cuts an "anti-stimulus" for the state's economy.

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A Rising Stock Market Lifts Only Part of Wall Street

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

While the giants of the securities industry are seeing their profits rise, the number of jobs on Wall Street has slipped, and employees can expect smaller bonuses at the year’s end, according to a report from New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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State Officials Predict Tight Budget

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Top New York State officials are preparing for another difficult budget year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already told state agencies to keep spending flat, while those that depend on state programs are not counting on big increases.

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Comptroller Says New York Needs Fiscal Early Warning System

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The New York State Comptroller says he’ll institute an early warning system for the state’s many municipalities that are in financial trouble, to try to help turn them around before things get even worse.

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This Week in Politics: Gay Marriage Imperils GOP Senators, Vito Lopez Flexes Electoral Muscle

Saturday, September 15, 2012

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On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch the region.

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Comptroller: Racetrack Operator Slow to Adopt Fiscal Reforms

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The state-sponsored not-for-profit that runs the Belmont, Aqueduct, and Saratoga racetracks is taking risks with its own financial future, according to a report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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Comptroller DiNapoli: Railroad Workers Cheat Metro-North Out Of Millions

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

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An audit of the MTA reveals there was systemic abuse of overtime and the payroll system that will cost the state millions.

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DiNapoli: Wall St. Tax Revenue Drops, Threatens Balanced Budgets

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Anybody that thinks this is a return to the old days, where at the end of the fiscal year overheated Wall Street profits took care of any budget imbalance, that's not happening this year.

— New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Empire

New York localities struggle with tax cap pinch

Thursday, September 22, 2011

By Karen DeWitt, WXXI Capitol Bureau Chief

School boards and county leaders in parts of New York are warning voters they may need to override the newly enacted 2 percent property tax cap. Without an override there might not be enough money to pay for flood damage from two tropical storms as well as mandated state programs, they said.

The Association of Counties said as many as a dozen counties may begin the override process. Tompkins, Tioga, Chautauqua, and Rockland Counties are considering hearings, and St Lawrence County has held one already.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, a tax-cap champion, said the rules are designed to allow communities to make that decision for themselves.

“They can raise it to whatever they want it to be. That’s it. There is no big brother here,” he said.

But Steve Acquario of the county association said, “it’s a little bit more complicated than that.”

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WNYC News

What Happens When No One Wants to Own a Place

Monday, August 15, 2011

Throughout New York state, local governments are trying to figure out who to hold responsible for the upkeep of thousands of foreclosed residential properties.

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WNYC News

DiNapoli Proposes Fracking Protection Fund

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is proposing a remedial fund for hydro fracking — similar to the state’s oil spill fund — to reimburse citizens if they suffer environmental damage from the gas drilling process.

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The Empire

UPDATE: NY City, State comptrollers' audit targets MTA "diversions"

Sunday, July 31, 2011

If you were traveling from central Queens inbound this weekend, you didn't need either New York State Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli or the city comptroller John Liu to tell you MTA track work and the Dante-like ring of hell it creates were a major inconvenience to riders. E and M trains running on the F line and the 7 train not running to Manhattan made getting to, say, Williamsburg from Rego Park required three separate trains and a shuttle bus, and created loads of unhappy weekend commuters. [NOTE: I'm trying to find an updated term for "strap hangers." If you've got any ideas, let me know. --Colby]

A new audit of the MTA's transit diversions--all those weekend and night reroutings "because of construction"--released today identified unaccounted for cost overruns in the millions, an overall increase in the number of diversions New Yorkers had to deal with, and a failure of the often-maligned agency to properly notify riders of impending work.

“When  the  MTA  fails to manage its service diversions properly, it's more than  an inconvenience; it's a waste of taxpayer money and it derails local businesses,”  Comptroller  DiNapoli  said in a statement. "The subway system is showing its age, but the MTA has to do a better job managing all aspects of these diversions, from rider notification to budgeting.”

“Sadly  this  confirms  the  nagging  suspicion  of  riders,  residents and business  owners  alike,  that  subway  service  is  taken  down  more than necessary,”  Comptroller Liu added.

(Courtesy of the NYS & NYC Comptrollers' offices)

According to the joint audit, weekend diversions rose from 47 to 74 between 2008 and 2010. Over the same time period the number of diversions that lasted for at least month increased eight fold, from 7 in 2008 to 57 in 2010. Riders of the 7 train alone suffered nine consecutive weekends of diversions between January and March 2010.

While New Yorkers are all too aware of the inconveniences caused by weekend and night construction, the audit found tens of millions of dollars in cost overruns and waste that riders and taxpayers are footing to-boot. Night and weekend work often started late and ended earlier, the audit found, creating an estimated $10.5 million in unproductive costs.

Additionally, the comptrollers' offices found the agency failed to document why diversion work went over budget. On four projects the audit examined, the total estimated cost had run over by $26.6 million as of January 2011.

The audit also found the MTA failing to comply with federal law when printing notices only in English, and had printed notices of upcoming work for only two of the 50 diversions the audit examined.

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A statement from the MTA on the report:
"Due to the 24-hour, seven day a week operation of the subway system, planned service diversions are necessary in order to perform maintenance and capital work.  We make every effort to minimize customer inconvenience by coordinating work --- performing multiple jobs in the same area so that we do not have to go back again.  However, some projects are extremely involved, requiring several shutdowns.  We strive to keep customers aware of the diversions, utilizing station, and in car signage along with announcements, both in stations and onboard trains.  Detailed information is also provided on the MTA website and through our email and text alerts."

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State Comptroller Rips Port Authority for Failure to Vet Outsourced Contracts

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The state comptroller ripped the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for what he said was a failure to fully vet more than $1  billion in outsourced contracts. 

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The Empire

Schumer beats Cuomo

Friday, November 05, 2010

If you're counting top vote-getter in the state, it goes to Schumer:

2,710,735-Schumer
2,602,443-Cuomo
2,519,806-Gillibrand
2,207,728-Schneiderman
2,014,091-DiNapoli

That's according to AP reports of the polling numbers. So, New York is still Schumer country, even if Cuomo is its governor.

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The Empire

Thank (most of) you

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Tom DiNapoli thanks colleagues after winning vote to become the state comptroller. (Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

In an email to supporters, Democratic State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he congratulated the head of his party, governor-elect Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo notably shunned DiNapoli, refusing to endorse or even appear with him in the waning days of the campaign.

In the email, DiNapoli goes on to say, "I owe thanks to everyone who has believed in me and in my candidacy over these past few months and throughout my career: my family, my friends, my colleagues in government, the Democratic Party, the Working Families Party and especially my brothers and sisters in the labor movement."

Not in that list, is Cuomo.

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The Empire

Mailing about pensions

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

From a union supporting Democratic comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

This flier, from Civil Service Employees Association, arrived at my apartment building earlier this week. The other side of the flyer says DiNapoli "believes that public employee pensions should continue to be guaranteed."

(Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

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(Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

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The Empire

'Take Comptroll of Albany'

Friday, October 08, 2010

Yes, Jody Avirgan and I have too much time on our hands:

Which one will take comptrol of Albany? (Jody Avirgan / WNYC)

Click through for Jody Avirgan's explanation of what he wants to hear comptroller candidates Tom DiNapoli and Harry Wilson say. Also, since it's Friday, here's my 3-minute remix of the comptroller debate, complete with rap music.

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