City Comptroller John Liu really had no choice. Faced with serious questions about his campaign fund-raising, Mr. Liu backtracked from his position that an inquiry could be handled in-house. Instead, under mounting public criticism, Mr. Liu asked former State Attorney General Robert Abrams to conduct an independent audit of his campaign’s books.
Good move. And good choice. Mr. Abrams, who served as A.G. from 1979 to 1993, has an impeccable reputation and would seem to have no ax to grind.
What remains uncertain, however, is whether Mr. Abrams will have the resources—in terms of a budget and personnel—to conduct a thorough investigation of Mr. Liu’s tangled campaign finances.
City Comptroller John Liu— the man who oversees the city’s financial ledger—says that revelations about phantom donors, bundled contributions and other irregularities in his fund-raising practices do not require the services of an outside auditor.
Would he say that same about, say, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, one of Mr. Liu’s favorite targets? Hardly. So why Read More
It would almost seem that the stars had finally aligned. After weeks of stalled talks and contentious meetings between House Republicans and Democrats that escalated into a public spat between Speaker John Boehner and President Obama, a bill finally made it through the House and into the Senate, where it was speedily approved Tuesday morning Read More
According to City Comptroller John Liu, all those warnings you’ve been hearing about the escalating costs of public employee pensions and health benefits are wrong. Mr. Liu recently put out a report that argues that the cost of pensions and benefits actually will go down beginning in 2016.
Did we mention that Mr. Liu is Read More
The Chief-Leader captures some good vitriol at a recent UFT protest aimed at reversing Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to lay off thousands of teachers.
Democratic City Councilman James Sanders said “we need to take this surplus” and “make sure we save the teachers.” The surplus, as I and other people have noted, don’t really Read More
In a radio interview this morning, City Comptroller John Liu, again, did not take sides in the dispute between Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg over whether or not the city has a surplus.
Cuomo’s people say there is a surplus, and thus, no need for layoffs.
Bloomberg’s people say there is no surplus, Read More
At the Somos el Futuro legislative conference in Albany this weekend, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli could be seen hugging Senator Charles Schumer-not because he was feeling particularly affectionate, but because Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, chairman of the conference, which gathers top Democratic officials to discuss issues of concern to Hispanic New Yorkers, had urged attendees to Read More
Independent, non-partisan redistricting is a major goal now being pushed in Albany by former Mayor Ed Koch and good-government reformers. Recently, Anthony Weiner–a Democratic congressman and all-but announced 2013 mayoral candidate–took some heat for his opposition to reforming the way New York’s legislative lines are drawn after each census.
But Weiner is not the only Read More
Transparency in government is a good thing, so we welcome City Comptroller John Liu’s plan to allow unprecedented public access to the city’s vast $113 billion pension system. Fund managers may not be so thrilled about this sort of transparency, but they’ll have to get used to it as part of the price of doing Read More
Ed Koch responds to John Liu’s email complaining about naming the Queensboro Bridge after the former mayor.
What’s interesting in Koch’s response is where he describes Liu meeting him to seek his support during the 2009 comptroller’s race, which came, obviously, years after Koch made remarks in the 1980s that Liu found offensive.
Koch Read More