Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli receives a rousing reception when state occasions call for him to walk into the Assembly chamber, where he represented a Nassau County district for 21 years. But many Assembly members who give him standing ovations also back a bill that would eliminate his power as sole trustee of the state pension fund.
The measure, from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, would create an oversight board. The bill has been lauded publicly by 13 of Long Island's 21 members. An informal count shows about 65 of the 150 Assembly members overall committed to voting "yes" despite DiNapoli's reservations about the bill.
- James T. Madore