Dumb, duh, dumb, dumb: Controller wannabes can't count office's money
Daily News Editorial
Monday, August 31st 2009
Each of the Democrats vying to become controller pledges to be the toughest guardian of the public purse. Because each is ready to track every penny of the city budget. Because each has spent years in the City Council intensely focused on the treasury.
Of course, they have.
We posed a very basic question to candidates David Weprin, Melinda Katz, David Yassky and John Liu: What's the budget of the city controller's office?
The answer is $66 million, down a few mil due to budget cuts. Liu and Yassky were on the money or close enough to be counted as such. Weprin and Katz were clueless.
Answered Weprin: "What office? The controller's office? Ummm. Good question. The controller's office budget. Ummm..."
Answered Katz: "And the budget, ah, God, we just got this figure a few week ago. I forgot what the figure was. Yeah, we just actually got it a few weeks ago, and I apologize I don't know the answer to that. It was a rather large budget. I think...
"It's 700 people and if I'm not mistaken it was...
"We figured out that each person averaged about $70,000. Umm, that I remember. That I remember, 'cause I was thinking the average is about 70,000 a person. That seems, you now, anyway, umm, so I feel like, to put like sort of the cards on the table, I'm running for this office and doing it because I think I can be a leader in this office."
Despite being clueless, Katz now has the lead in the race, according to a recent poll.
Further proof that you don't need to know what the hell you're doing to get elected in this town.