From the NY Post:
Comptroller John Liu has turned to his top political adviser, Chung Seto, for more than just campaign advice — he has actually let her run much of his office, even though she is not a city employee, The Post has learned.
Seto, who orchestrated Liu’s political ascent, has been dealing with everything from redecorating to communications with the White House — and has even referred financial advisers to the city’s pension czar, according to e-mails between Seto and Comptroller’s Office staffers obtained by The Post through a freedom- of-information request.
Correspondence between Seto — a former chief of the state Democratic Party — and the Comptroller’s Office shows that there was no division between Liu’s political operation and the office of the city’s fiscal watchdog.
The e-mails show there were no details too small for Seto, such as including a recycling symbol on business cards, getting an extra key for a secretary, deciding where individual staffers would work and what Liu would say in an economic speech.
And the documents show Seto had use of staff and space at the comptroller’s downtown offices, where she held sway like a chief of staff or operations director.
“Nothing important happens without Chung’s approval,” one insider said, echoing the e-mails. “She is basically co-comptroller.”