A reminder from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli: East Side Access, the M.T.A. project that will enable Long Island Railroad customers to disembark in Grand Central Terminal, is way over budget and behind schedule.
Whatever nominal headway former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota made in winning over the reflexively anti-M.T.A. politicians of the suburbs seems to have been as short-lived as his chairmanship.
A day after Cuomo praised DiNapoli, Cuomo's budget director criticized DiNapoli's staff. [Nick Reisman]
The budget director said DiNapoli analyzed debt from public authority in a way that is different than how state officials have normally calculated that figure. [Rick Karlin]
DiNapoli said Cuomo's budget increases the state debt. [Thomas Adams]
Today, state comptroller Tom DiNapoli faulted the M.T.A. for letting more than $90 million just sit there when, "in these tough times, every dollar counts.”
“Our auditors identified several ways in which the MTA could vastly improve how it manages its cash and investments. The MTA must do better," said the comptroller, in a statement.
At the local swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday night, Sen. Chuck Schumer was so effusive in his praise of Jeffries, and so sincere in lamenting that he lived two blocks outside of Jeffries' Brooklyn district, that Schumer's own representative in Congress piped up from the crowd.
When asked if he thought the state education department was striking the appropriate balance, Cuomo responded, "I don't know what they're doing. I just don't know what S.E.D. is doing."
Tom DiNapoli: " I can't think of anyone better prepared" than Hillary Clinton in 2016. [Tom Precious]
Andrew Cuomo got thrown a Hillary 2016 question. [Hunter Walker]
Headline: "Cuomo Isn't Ready to Support Hillary Clinton for President." [Glenn Blain]
Headline: "Andrew Cuomo ducks on Hillary Clinton 2016." [Bobby Cervantes]
Headline: "Asked about 2016, Cuomo won't back Hillary." [Jimmy Vielkind]
Cuomo "offered a politician-like response…" [Leigh Ann Caldwell]
That New York City has endured devastating damage from Sandy is undeniable.
No reputable scientist denies that New York City is susceptible to rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Yet, while Governor Andrew Cuomo today called for "a fundamental rethinking of our built environment," it's not at all clear how New York is going to pay for all that, particularly as it remains saddled with historically infrastructure-averse Albany legislature.
Right now, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is under intense scrutiny for the role his office played in approving a quiet $103,000 payment to settle sexual harassment accusations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
On Monday, Representative Peter King told me he was going to stand with House Speaker John Boehner in voting against the two-month extension of a payroll tax cut, but that he wasn't sure it was the right thing for his caucus to do, and that the public would probably blame him and his colleagues for the fact that a compromise couldn't be reached.
It's not in Tom DiNapoli's nature to be confrontational. He's widely regarded as one of the only resolutely nice people in a nasty business, and that has its good points. But he was at pains in a phone interview on the first day after his ceremonial inauguration as comptroller to explain that it is part of his job to disagree with Andrew Cuomo.
Carl Paladino killed the revolution, as it turns out. Republicans had their share of successes across the state on Election Day, picking up at least five House seats and possibly control of the State Senate. But they also failed to win two very winnable contests for statewide office. The day before voters headed to the polls, a Siena poll found the contests for attorney general and comptroller all knotted up.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(1)
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
Azi: A consultant once told me the problem with campaigning for comptroller is that most voters don't do their own taxes, so evaluating people's ability to do a job that voters have taken a pass on already is kind of hard. You have to constantly redefine the office in a way that makes sense to people, or at least gets their attention for second, and then say, This is why I'm good at it. Remember, DiNapoli ran into all sorts of headaches when the legislature was passing this year's budget, telling people his office doesn't have the power to actually "certify" the budget or vouch for it, but only to check that it meets certain, very basic criteria. People wonder why they should even bother to pay for a comptroller if it's just a fancy auditor with the power to do not much of anything.