Tom DiNapoli peered out of the 15th-floor windows of 110 State Street in Albany—“The Taj McCall,” the comptroller’s staff call the building, after Carl McCall, the predecessor of Mr. DiNapoli’s who shepherded the building to completion—and pointed out the landmarks below. There was City Hall. Over there, an historic church. To the side, the Hudson River. And right in front, the red granite roofs of the Capitol.
“You see, when they fire their cannons at me, they don’t quite hit. They come up just short,” said Mr. DiNapoli, tracing an imaginary shot with his finger from the statehouse to where he stood, an office just out of reach of the governor’s supposed artillery.
Among the incoming ordnance are Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to add a 401K-style sixth tier to the pension fund, a plan to take away some of the comptroller’s ability to audit government contracts, and the governor’s push for greater flexibility over governmental spending.
The Upper Chamber
Harry Wilson, the Republican candidate for State Comptroller in 2010, said it’s “unlikely” he’ll run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in an interview with the Buffalo News published yesterday.
“She is also a formidable candidate,” Mr. Wilson said of Senator Gillibrand. “I think she is underestimated as a candidate.”
Mr. Wilson, who narrowly lost to Tom DiNapoli in the comptroller’s race, has been widely mentioned as a potential opponent for the Senator this year.
In addition to polling Governor Cuomo, Siena College also surveyed support for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who will be facing reelection in November after winning reelection in 2010 to serve the final two years of Hillary Clinton’s term. Although her favorability numbers are just a smidgen under an outright 50% majority, she dominates when paired against her largely unknown Republican opponents, making the task of defeating her a tall order.
The Sienna poll found Senator Gillibrand beating Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos 63% to 22% and former New York Comptroller candidate Harry Wilson 63% to 23%. The poll did not test the CEO of the executive job-hunting site TheLadders.com, Marc Cenedella. Both Mr. Cenedella and Mr. Maragos are campaigning actively for the seat, while Mr. Wilson has only said that he’s considering a campaign
Fred Dicker had a report this morning that former Comptroller candidate Harry Wilson is being talked about by GOP insiders as a possible challenger to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Mr. Wilson would be a very attractive candidate, and after his near-knock-off of incumbent Democratic comptroller Tom DiNapoli in 2010, he is widely considered to be one likely Republicans to end the Democrats 10-year stranglehold on statewide offices.
Last month, we wrote about how even though Republicans think that Ms. Gillibrand could potentially, maybe, be vulnerable to a serious challenge, they are now reconciling themselves to the likelihood that Nassau County comptroller George Maragos will be the eventual nominee. Mr. Maragos has been out campaigning for several months now, is the only candidate out there and is able to partially self-fund.
Former G.O.P. comptroller candidate Harry Wilson was sworn in today as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, an independent federal agency responsible for insuring benefits under private defined benefit pension plans and for allowing individuals to search for lost pensions.
Mr. Wilson was appointed by President Obama for a term that expires in 2014.
“Harry Wilson has a deep knowledge of corporate restructuring, and highly relevant government experience,” said PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum. “This background gives him invaluable insight into the challenges we face at PBGC. I look forward to his wise counsel as a member of the Advisory Committee.”