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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2014
ANTONACCI CHALLENGES DINAPOLI TO DEBATE
VISION FOR STATE COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE
Necessary Requirement of Matching Funds Pilot Program; Despite Opting Out,
Incumbent Has Responsibility to Hardworking New York Taxpayers
ALBANY, NY - New York State Comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci today challenged incumbent Tom DiNapoli to join him for a debate on the vision of the Office of State Comptroller - - an exchange of ideas is necessary to satisfy a requirement of the new law creating the state's matching funds pilot program.
Despite opting out and turning his back on the small donor matching system he repeatedly claimed to support so he could continue to raise money from the wealthy special interests which dominate Albany, Antonacci urged DiNapoli to agree to the debates anyway.
"Tom DiNapoli has a responsibility to have a frank and public discussion about his tenure in Albany and where he would take this office in the future. I am ready, willing and able to show the people of New York how different an Antonacci administration would be. I'm not interested in protecting the Albany insiders, just the honest, hardworking taxpayers of New York," Antonacci said.
According to Antonacci, these debates will highlight the sharp contrasts that exist between himself and the incumbent.
"I am the only candidate in this race who will hold the Legislature and state agencies accountable for the way they spend our hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Unlike Mr. DiNapoli, I'll audit the Moreland Commission and get to the bottom of what really happened. When I am elected State Comptroller, there is going to be a sea change in Albany," Antonacci said.
DiNapoli is a former political boss and downstate Assemblyman who was handed his job by Manhattan Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and his allies in the State Legislature.
Antonacci is the two-time elected Comptroller of Onondaga County, which has the highest credit rating in New York State. He is a certified public accountant (CPA).
State Republican hopefuls meet with local Conservatives
By Mike Desmond August 20, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and State Comptroller candidate Robert Antonacci were at the Erie County Conservative Party summer picnic yesterday, looking to ignite enthusiasm among local political activists.
The two need these activists to help win uphill races, Astorino against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and Antonacci against incumbent State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
Astorino made an earlier visit to Central Terminal to show the old train station as an example of the economic condition he wants New York to move away from.
"We've got an unemployment rate that lags behind the nation. We've got ten of the worst 20 metropolitan areas in the country," Astorino said.
"Their outlook going forward for the next decade is at the bottom of the barrel. We should not settle for this. Buffalonians should not settle for this. New Yorkers should not settle for this."
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino stopped at Buffalo's Central Terminal on Tuesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news
Astorino says he wants to cut state spending, state taxes and state regulations to improve the state's economic climate and fight back against people and jobs flowing to Texas and Florida.
Antonacci suggests using the state's many pension systems for investments and push conversion of state pensions into 401Ks and defined benefit plans to ease the load on taxpayers.
Bob Antonacci Attends B-Mets Game 8/13/2014 (Updated 10:55:42 PM)
Candidate for New York State Comptroller Bob Antonacci made an appearance Wednesday night at the B-Mets game.
The B-Mets game Wednesday is the second stop on antonacci's tour across the state of New York visiting various baseball games--he even brought his own mascot.
Why ball games to spread a message?
He says baseball is really a metaphor for what government should really be about--none of us can do it by ourselves, but everybody has to pitch in. Choosing this type of atmosphere sends a positive message.
Comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci says: "What we needed to do was to get voters in a friendly non political setting and let them know that we are fun people, that we enjoy sports, that we enjoy things that they enjoy but it gives us a chance to just get out and make some new friends and get around the state."
Among many points that Antonacci aims to get across as his campaign continues, is that he feels that there shouldn't be a need for a Moreland Commission if you have an independent and aggressive comptroller.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 4, 2014
Who is Watching the Watchdogs?
Tom DiNapoli acting more like a lapdog than a WatchdogSYRACUSE, NY - Tom DiNapoli is a politician who is beholden to Assembly speaker Shelly Silver, the State and local government employee unions, the mayor of New York City, and other key progressive constituencies. DiNapoli's allegiance to these constituencies significantly reduces the effectiveness and independence of the State Comptroller's Office, specifically when looking at the real causes of the State's and the local governments' fiscal challenges, including unsustainable costs and taxes.
Last Thursday the NY Post ran an editorial asking "Who's watching the watchdogs?" In it they note that Tom DiNapoli is praising Mayor de Blasio by telling him that he's "...off to a great start..." The editorial then raises a number of very good issues related to the NY City budget (quotes are from the editorial):
But the day will come when the bill is due. When that day comes, everyone will be looking around to find who to blame, but the culprits will be gone....and worse yet, the taxpayers will have to pay the bill! And a large bill it will be, putting a direct hit onto the taxpayers of New York City. And, like the 1970s, it could even affect New York State.
What's needed now is a real watchdog. New York needs someone who will speak out to warn of fiscal gimmickry and slight-of-hand tricks now to prevent future disasters and large tax increases. That someone is not the lap dog Tom DiNapoli. That someone is a real watchdog, Bob Antonacci.
Don't settle for a Comptroller who is ignoring the realities and future impacts of decisions made today when it comes to the fiscal health and high taxes in the state and local governments. New York needs a real watchdog - not a lap dog beholden to special constituencies.
Certified Public Accountant Bob Antonacci - he will be your watchdog.