2013 ELECTIONS: Comptroller

Stringer, Burnett Hope To Serve City

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer won the Democratic Primary for the City Comptroller race, ending the hopes of a political comeback for former governor Elliot Spitzer.

(L-R) John Burnett and Scott Stringer

(L-R) John Burnett and Scott Stringer

Stringer now faces Republican John Burnett in Tuesday’s General Election, as they compete to replace the current Comptroller, John Liu.

With a workforce of 700 employers, the Comptroller’s office ensures the financial status of the City by advising the Mayor, the City Council and the public. In addition to making recommendations on City programs and operations, as well as fiscal policies and financial transactions, the Comptroller manages assets of the City’s pension funds and audits City agencies.

As former State Assemblyman and Manhattan Borough President for the last eight years, Stringer has voiced a strong support for civil rights, marriage equality, immigrants and the poor.

Born and raised in Washington Heights, Stringer understands that the economy will grow if the City has a transportation plan that will connect all five boroughs.

As Borough President, he laid out a study that surveyed the problems of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, and he issued ways to preserve and grow mom- and-pop shops, and launched the Bank of Manhattan, a public-private partnership led by the Borough President’s office to help low income families and individuals open bank accounts.

On the Republican side, John Burnett, a Cornell University graduate with an MBA, has experience with working on Wall Street. As the former vice president at Merrill Lynch and a margin analyst at Morgan Stanley, Burnett proposes to merge the City’s five pension funds into one unified fund to cut administrative costs.

Burnett said he will advocate for a sustainable atmosphere for small businesses by supporting the growth of minority and women owned businesses. To tackle unemployment, he wants to award City contracts to minority and women owned businesses.

– Trisha Sakhuja