With most local political attention focused on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to gain a third term as mayor of the City of New York, the fall ballot’s two other citywide offices, Public Advocate and City Comptroller, remain largely under the radar. Current Comptroller William Thompson is not seeking re-election and is running against Mayor Michael Bloomberg so the Comptroller’s office is an open seat. The Comptroller is the city’s chief fiscal officer and chief auditing officer. September 15th is the date of the Primary Election. The four major candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Comptroller are all current members of the City Council: Melinda Katz (District 29 – Queens), John Liu (District 20 – Queens), David I. Weprin (District 22 – Queens) and David Yassky (District 33 – Brooklyn).
Besides being the only Council member from Brooklyn, representing Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint; parts of Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Boerum Hill, Yassky once was on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School teaching courses in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Federalism. Last week, WABC TV along with the League of Women Voters of the City of New York held the first of two debates among the candidates for Comptroller before the Primary Election. NY1 News will broadcast the second debate on Thursday, September 10 at 7pm. The first debate’s video is here: