30 Jan

According to the New York Times’ Empire Zone blog, the Assembly’s Democrats met behind closed doors to decide what to do re: Hevesi’s replacement.

“behind closed doors” being emblematic of the problem with Albany in general. Sayeth the Times:

They can suck it up, and pick one of the three comptroller candidates whose names were forwarded by the expert panel that their leader agreed to. Or they can go their own way by picking an Assemblyman for the post – humiliating the Democratic governor who agreed on the process with them.

I don’t see it as humiliating Spitzer. I see it as the Assembly upping the ante. I would also see that as the beginning of Shelly Silver’s fall from power, if not grace.

The Times Union reports that nothing was really accomplished. While Illuzzi has already announced that Tom DiNapoli “really wants the job” and that:


The Times-Union quotes the guy who is probably Illuzzi’s “source”:

Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli, D-Great Neck, one of the four remaining Assembly candidates for comptroller said there is a fair amount of “frustration” among the members for agreeing to a process that “didn’t make a whole lot of sense from the beginning.”

So far, that sounds like the only point of agreement among the Assembly Democrats, who haven’t yet gotten around to a vote on whether they should ignore the panel’s three picks and strike out on their own.

14 Responses to “Comptroller”

  1. Reinmoose January 30, 2007 at 5:54 pm #

    I just looked up his biography on the Assembly website and nowhere in his biography does it indicate that he is in ANY WAY qualified to be comptroller. This sucks you know what.

    Hopefully my man Spitz will come through and make those entitled bastards in the Assembly wish they’d never crossed him. Can’t we do something like call for the resignation of every member of the Assembly and vote over again?

  2. BigGuy January 30, 2007 at 6:06 pm #

    Please. When does reality set in for you people?

    Anyone who knows anything about how Albany works knows it has been DiNapoli for weeks now. It was (and is) a matter of how to get there, “Blue Ribbon Panel of the Three Wise Men” notwithstanding.

    Reinmoose, maybe “your man Spitz” will finally awaken with the realization that replacement appointments such as this one are among the enumerated powers of the Legislative Branch, not the Executive.

    It is one of the few left, with most budget powers given to the Executive by the Courts a few years ago.

  3. Chet Morton January 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm #

    It is Comptroller, not “Controller.”

  4. Reinmoose January 31, 2007 at 10:46 am #

    Big Guy:

    Don’t try to sound all enlightened. All this talk about the replacement of comptroller being the power of the legislative branch and not the executive branch is irrelevant. People aren’t so upset that the Assembly gets to pick the next comptroller (on behalf of New York voters) as they are about how irresponsibly they’re going to do it. I don’t care about previous agreements about committees, “playing fair,” giving Spitzer ultimate power, 3 or 5 candidate technicalities or any of that BS.

    The controversy over this particular selection, which happens to have only surfaced to the public because of an agreement between Spitzer, Bruno, and Silver to have a committee select qualified candidates, has to do with who the Assembly picks and why. We now KNOW that they are not selecting a comptroller based on qualifications specific to the post of comptroller, but rather on qualifications specific to being an Assembly Democrat. Whether or not it is their “right” to do so, it still doesn’t make it the right decision, or an ethical one for that matter. The Assembly members don’t really get that it’s not about THEM and what THEY get to do. They’re so whiney about it too. “It’s OUR power. Give it BAAACK” (so we can abuse it). They have a responsibility to the citizens of New York, and they will blow it.

  5. hank kaczmarek January 31, 2007 at 11:33 am #

    Reinmoose Sez:
    We now KNOW that they are not selecting a comptroller based on qualifications specific to the post of comptroller, but rather on qualifications specific to being an Assembly Democrat.

    If he’s correct, and I’m not saying he isn’t, that’s truly sad. And not because the word Democrat is in it. NY’s State government is in Deep Kimchee, and I wouldn’t care if the next comptroller was a Green Party member, if he’s the best qualified to do the job.

    Both parties in the Assembly and Senate have shown their ability to blow it repeatedly when the chips are down. This is something they shouldn’t even be trusted with.

  6. observer January 31, 2007 at 11:58 am #

    hey Reinmoose, Cut BigGuy some slack why dontcha… you know he is “in the know” as he works for a state senator and loves to dole out his “bits of wisdom” to the unwashed masses…

    He also loves to lord it over the people since he is entrenched in machine politics and is one of the “elite”.

    Right BigGuy?

  7. Haterade January 31, 2007 at 12:33 pm #

    I notice the “controller” reference has been changed over at pay-for-post .

    Hank —> go to the “doodyheads” thread … i’m interested in your take.

  8. michael rodent January 31, 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    Bet the house on DiNapoli – because Joe Ill looser says it’s so. Don’t forget, it was the bank robber Illuzzi who gave us the scoop last year on Dick Cheney’s resignation.

  9. Tatonka January 31, 2007 at 1:18 pm #

    Just an FYI, the three names that the panel picked are: “Wall Street financier Bill Mulrow, New York City financial officer Martha Stark and Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman,” according to the Examiner.

  10. Haterade January 31, 2007 at 1:22 pm #

    Michael Rodent — He told you to “stand fast”…. he never said for how long. Just that little headline above sums up that site pretty well. The only thing it’s missing is a few circa’s and albeit’s…

  11. Tatonka January 31, 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    I just noticed that it actually says that DiNapoli will “be in the next nys controller.”


  12. hank kaczmarek February 1, 2007 at 11:14 am #

    Ade—I went over there and made my comment.

    I wonder what gender Tatonka is. At least you’ve come on in response to myself and several others, and given your name. Of course, whatever would call itself Tatonka would be a good name for a tranny.

    I rarely debate anyone who hides permanently behind a handle.
    Use your name Tatonka–let people know who you are. No Guts, No Glory.

  13. Tatonka February 1, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    Yeah, throw around a few more brain-dead slurs, Hank. That will improve your reputation around here.

  14. The insider February 6, 2007 at 1:13 pm #

    I’ve worked in the LOB …I’ve seen how it’s done. Votes for comptroller should be based on character. Not one of these candidates would be here if they didn’t fit the predetermined comptroller description. DiNapoli has demonstrated his ability to lead in a bi-partisan fashion. He has many allies and few enemies, which speaks loudly.

    Don’t be fooled by what you are reading. Spitz is a great guy but he is a political figure. There are always political games being played. Spitz has burned many bridges during this process and I’m sure he will burn more before the final decision is made. People need to learn to read between the lines. Get to understand the game and the players before you rule out any candidates.

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