State controller Thomas DiNapoli unanimously wins nomination for a third full term
May 23, 2018
State Controller Thomas DiNapoli was unanimously nominated Wednesday by state Democrats for a third full, four-year term.
Unlike with Gov. Cuomo and the battle for attorney general, there is no Democratic primary for state controller.
DiNapoli accepted the nomination with a speech at the Democratic convention at Hofstra University, not far from where he grew up in Great Neck in Nassau County.
He cited his audits of state agencies and his office's work with the state Attorney General's office to root out corruption. He recently reported that the state pension fund hit a record $206.9 billion.
"The comptroller might not be a cop, but if you steal from the taxpayers, I will put you in jail," he said to applause.
A former longtime state assemblyman, the Legislature appointed DiNapoli controller in February 2007 after his predecessor, Alan Hevesi, resigned after pleading guilty to a felony.
DiNapoli was elected to a full term in 2010 and was reelected four years later.
He's had a strained relationship with Cuomo since the governor served as attorney general. DiNapoli in 2014 was the biggest vote-getter in the general election.
The Republicans have yet to choose a candidate to challenge him in the November general election.