ABOUT COMPTROLLER TOM DINAPOLI
Thomas P. DiNapoli has proudly served as the New York State Comptroller since 2007. He is known for his steadfast leadership, integrity and independence.
As State Comptroller, Tom has aggressively fought misuse of public resources, strengthened one of the nation’s top public pension funds, and consistently spoken out against fiscal gimmicks, imprudent actions and government inefficiency. Tom has been dedicated to making government more accountable and transparent to the people for more than thirty-five years.
A diligent fiduciary of the state pension fund, Tom has wisely overseen its operations and the state pension fund is now at an all-time high of more than $160 billion. He changed the way the fund operates to increase transparency, ensuring the strongest investment performance and ethical operations possible. He instituted the most stringent reporting requirements on investments, fees and other information. He barred investment firms contributing to his campaign from doing business with the state pension fund and was a leading voice in getting the Securities and Exchange Commission to impose tough new rules on “pay to play” to prevent improper influence on investment decisions. He more than doubled the state pension fund's commitment to investing in New York companies to more than $1 billion.
Tom also protects taxpayer funds from waste, fraud and abuse. Since 2007, his audits have identified billions in misuse, waste and savings. As an Assemblyman, he helped draft and pass stronger school district accountability laws in response to the scandals that exposed the theft of millions of taxpayer dollars on Long Island. As Comptroller, he completed a five-year school accountability project, which involved auditing all 733 school districts and BOCES in the state. In 2012, he launched a series of audits that found widespread abuse of public funds by special education contractors, resulting in several criminal referrals, felony arrests and restitution.
He is known for providing an independent, credible analysis of government finances. In January 2013, his office launched a Fiscal Monitoring System to rate communities on their fiscal condition, sending an early warning to those in trouble. He is also shedding light on the issues that cause communities to face fiscal stress in today’s tough economy. He has consistently advocated for budget and debt reform to give New York State a more secure fiscal future.
Trusted Public Servant
Tom began his career in public service began when he was elected as a trustee of the Mineola Board of Education, becoming the first eighteen year old in New York State to hold public office. Prior to becoming State Comptroller, Tom represented the 16th Assembly District in northwestern Nassau County for two decades. During his tenure in the Assembly, he sponsored legislation that helped Nassau County to emerge from serious fiscal distress and restore fiscal responsibility. Early in his career, he was a manager in the telecommunications industry. He holds a master’s degree from The New School University’s Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions. A lifelong resident of Nassau County, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history magna cum laude from Hofstra University in Hempstead.