By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is dismissing claims by a senior Cuomo administration official who told reporters earlier today that a pilot program for taxpayer-funded campaign that only affects the state comptroller's race was all DiNapoli's idea.
Here's the statement his office released from the comptroller this evening:
"The Governor and legislative leaders missed the chance to enact comprehensive changes in how elections are financed in New York state. Their new proposal for public financing for the State Comptroller's office was negotiated last minute behind closed doors and was never shared with my office. It is vastly different than the proposal that I have fought for the last eight years and falls short in many areas. The new proposal fails to set reasonable limitations on donations and assigns implementation to an organization that the Moreland Commission found dysfunctional. There are also questions on whether this new proposal can be fairly and reasonably implemented in such a short time frame or whether it was set up for failure. I am disappointed that in rushing to close the budget this issue was fumbled."