Thomas DiNapoli easily wins 3rd term as NYS Comptroller

Geoff Herbert

The Post Standard

Nov 7, 2018

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has easily won a third term, getting more than twice as many votes as Republican challenger Jonathan Trichter.

Patch.com reports NY1 called the race for DiNapoli by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. With about 88 percent of districts reporting, DiNapoli had more than 3.2 million votes, or about 64.9 percent; Trichter had about 1.5 million votes, or 30 percent, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections.

DiNapoli, a Democrat, has been the state's chief financial officer for more than a decade. The position includes auditing state and local governments, and serving as sole trustee of the $207 billion state pension fund.

His victory adds to statewide wins for New York Democrats, including successful re-election bids for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, plus Letitia James' history-making victory in the NYS attorney general race. Democrats also took control of the New York State Senate for the first time since 2010.

DiNapoli told syracuse.com earlier this year that more transparency and oversight in state government might have prevented a corruption scheme involving Cuomo's top aide, Joseph Percoco. DiNapoli said those involved may not have committed the crimes if his office still had oversight of State University of New York construction contracts and other economic development deals.

"One of the reasons why folks thought they could get away with something is that they knew nobody was really looking, other than the people on the inside who turned out to be benefiting from this," DiNapoli said at a meeting of the editorial board of Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard.

"I can't tell you for sure that had we had more oversight there that it wouldn't have happened," DiNapoli said. "But I can tell you common sense would indicate that if folks think there's another independent set of eyes looking at something, they might think twice before they try to steer contracts to projects in a favored direction."