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DiNapoli endorses Weitzman for Nassau comptroller

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a former

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a former assemblyman from Great Neck, endorsed Howard Weitzman for Nassau County comptroller on April 8, 2013. (Oct. 16, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has endorsed former Nassau County comptroller Howard Weitzman as he runs for his old seat in November.

DiNapoli, a former assemblyman from Great Neck, credited Weitzman for his financial acumen and past experience as a fiscal watchdog. Weitzman served two terms as Nassau comptroller from 2001-2009.

“Nassau County taxpayers deserve the kind of professional financial stewardship that Howard Weitzman can provide,” DiNapoli said in a statement on Monday. “Throughout his two terms as Nassau County comptroller, Howard always put taxpayers first by exposing wasteful spending and rooting out fraud that drives up local taxes.”

Weitzman, a former Great Neck Estates mayor, likewise credited DiNapoli for being a “true professional who has done a tremendous job protecting and promoting New York’s economy.”

Weitzman and Legis. Wayne Wink Jr. (D-Roslyn) will take part in a Democratic primary in September with the winner challenging Republican Comptroller George Maragos in November. Maragos defeated Weitzman in 2008.

Wink has the support of the Nassau Democratic establishment, including Party chairman Jay Jacobs and six members of the county legislature.

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