Republican comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci said Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shouldn’t have waited a year to audit Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Open for Business” ad campaign.
DiNapoli revealed yesterday he’s doing the audit of the program amid Empire State Development not releasing details about it in a Freedom of Information request by Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
“One year and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars later, Albany incumbent Tom DiNapoli is finally getting around to taking a look at a completely unnecessary and wasteful self-promotional tool cloaked as a campaign to bring new businesses to New York. I have but one question for Mr. DiNapoli: ‘What the heck took you so long?'” Antonacci said in a statement.
Antonacci tried to link DiNapoli, a former assemblyman, to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, who helped appoint DiNapoli to the post in 2007. DiNapoli was elected to a full term in 2010.
“This is part of a disturbing pattern in which Tom Dinapoli too often sides with the Albany politicians and their special interest cronies over the hardworking taxpayers of New York. That stops the minute I walk into the Comptroller’s office,” Antonacci said.