ENDORSEMENT DiNapoli has solid record

Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has served New York state and Chautauqua County residents very well. We back him for another four-year term in his race against Jonathan Trichter.

DiNapoli, through numerous audits, has proven the importance of the office. Consider where we would be today without those reports.

Numerous area municipalities, who worked to hide finances and details from the public, have been exposed through those details. Silver Creek, which paid more than double for what a property was assessed at for a future Department of Public Works site, was admonished in 2009. Forestville officials, which could not account for missing money in its water fund, took heat that ultimately led to a village dissolution in 2016.

More recently financial issues in both Dayton and possibly Fredonia, which lost a village administrator, may have piqued the interest of the office. More investigations may be on the way.

DiNapoli, in meetings with our newspaper editorial boards, also has advocated for consolidations of government as well as sharing of services. In addition, he has also done an excellent in oversight of the state pension fund.

Trichter offers voters an alternative and wants to bring increased fiscal responsibility to Albany. That problem, however, normally does not begin with the comptroller’s office. It starts with the free-spending Assembly.

Agree or disagree?

Readers can offer their views on the upcoming election. The final day the OBSERVER accepts letters regarding the election is Thursday. Send in your comments to jdagostino@observertoday.com