No more free ride for Stringer
Jul 24, 2013 | 5175 views | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Allow me to add to the always-insightful Strictly Stasi column ("Comptroller Race Just Got a Lot More Interesting") published on July 18.

Give former attorney general and governor Elliot Spitzer credit for declaring his candidacy to run for the office of comptroller. Manhattan borough president and former mayoral candidate Scott Stringer will have to cancel summer vacation plans. Stringer now has to earn the Democratic Party nomination.

Recent Quinnipiac University and Wall Street Journal polls show him trailing Spitzer by significant margins. Quinnipiac University was the worse, with Spitzer ahead of Stinger, 48 to 33 percent.

New York City has a municipal budget approaching $70 billion with over 220,000 employees. This is greater than many states and nations. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who also previously served as a legislative assistant to former assemblyman and and current congressman Gerald Nadler, as well as serving himself as a member of the Assembly, has no private sector experience.

He has never built a business, balanced a budget, created jobs, met a payroll or managed any significant agencies with large numbers of employees.

He has been running around town campaigning since November 2009, "unofficially” running for mayor. His dreams of running for mayor never got off the ground, so he decides instead to run for comptroller. This hardly makes him a credible candidate. Stringer is just another career politician looking for his next meal ticket.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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