Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Legislature to hold comptroller hearing on Tuesday

Newsday AP Story

Finally progress is being made here.....let's get this wrapped up asap....we need the state comptroller's job filled without is just too important to let slide...............andy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The state Legislature will hold a public hearing Tuesday to question candidates who want to be appointed state comptroller, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Wednesday. The candidates for the $151,500-a-year job will appear before a joint Senate and Assembly committee that will be joined by a panel of former comptrollers. Under a system pushed by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the former comptrollers will whittle the field down to five candidates for the Legislature to consider. Silver also said those bidding to succeed Democrat Alan Hevesi will have to file financial disclosure statements with the state Ethics Commission by Monday. None had filed as of Wednesday, commission spokesman Walter Ayres said. "The list is not final but I've heard from at least a dozen people who expressed an interest in filing," Silver said. "Whether all of them file or not, whether others file, we'll know by next week." Hevesi, re-elected to a second term in November, resigned last month after pleading guilty to a felony for using staffers as chauffeurs and errand-runners for his wife. A new comptroller will be picked by a joint session of the state Legislature, which is dominated by Democrats.

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