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Scott Stringer Promises to Hold Mayor de Blasio Accountable

By Colby Hamilton | November 18, 2013 3:08pm
 Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer announced his transition team at the Talking Transition tent in SoHo on Monday, Nov. 18.
Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer announced his transition team at the Talking Transition tent in SoHo on Monday, Nov. 18.
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SOHO — Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer vowed to hold incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio accountable for the city's finances on Monday, even as he spoke of cooperation and partnership between the two offices.

“There's so much that we can do together in the spirit of cooperation, even though my role is to be the watchdog. And I will be the watchdog,” Stringer said. “My role is to audit every city agency.”

Stringer made his comments during the announcement of his transition team at the Talking Transition tent on Canal Street in SoHo. He said he and de Blasio were “excited about going from the steps of City Hall to actually being inside City Hall.”

He said the comptroller and mayor have joint responsibilities in handling and representing the city’s financial interests, even as the comptroller seeks to act as a check on the mayor.

“There is a relationship between [the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget] and the comptroller's office that is very real and serious,” Stringer said. “But you also have a fiduciary responsibility to monitor city agencies [and to] hold City Hall accountable.”

Stringer named a slate of 19 advisers who he said would help him build out his office before he takes over in January. Robert Kasdin, a senior vice president at Columbia University, and Ana Oliviera, the president and CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation, were announced as Stringer’s transition co-chairs.

Kasdin said he expected the team would help Stringer create a comptroller’s office that was “the nation’s preeminent model for fiscal management.”