Thomas P. DiNapoli
Comptroller, New York State
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli was elected to a full four-year term as New York State Comptroller in November 2010. Since first taking the position in February 2007, DiNapoli has transformed the way his office does business, instilling reforms to make government more effective, efficient and ethical. He has pushed for increased transparency and accountability in government, and identified billions of dollars in waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.
DiNapoli, New York’s chief fiscal officer, is responsible for auditing the operations of all State agencies and local governments, managing the State’s pension fund, overseeing the New York State and Local Retirement System, reviewing the State and New York City budgets, approving State contracts, and administering the State’s payroll and central accounting system. DiNapoli is sole trustee for the $132.8 billion State pension fund, one of the largest institutional investors in the world.
As the State’s fiscal watchdog, DiNapoli has emphasized that “every dime counts.” He has been an outspoken critic of fiscal gimmicks and other poor budget practices, and his initiatives include overseeing nearly 550 audits in 2009, and identifying more than $1.5 billion in savings and revenue enhancements for State and local governments. DiNapoli is committed to making State government serve the people of New York better and, among other things, has undertaken an ambitious Green Initiative to promote cost-effective, environmentally sustainable practices.
Previously, DiNapoli represented northwestern Nassau County in the State Assembly for 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in management and urban policy from The New School University. Prior to his election to the Assembly, DiNapoli was a manager in the telecommunications industry and served as an adjunct professor.