State comptroller releases tax returns

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ALBANY - State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is fond of saying he's just a "middle-class guy" and that's borne out in his income tax returns.

DiNapoli, a former assemblyman from Great Neck, earned $152,613 last year, according to his returns made public Monday. His salary as comptroller was $151,500, including benefits.

He paid $43,461 in federal and state income taxes and received refunds totaling $8,283.

DiNapoli gave $3,688 to charity, with the largest amounts going to St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Great Neck, $1,092; the Diocese of Rockville Centre, $250; state payroll deductions for charitable giving, $210, and the Dante Foundation, $200. He supported nearly 40 different groups.

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As comptroller, DiNapoli is sole trustee of the state's gigantic public-employee pension fund. But his own investments remain modest, primarily telecommunications stock from his years as an AT&T employee.

For the second year in a row, DiNapoli is the first of three statewide elected officials to release his tax returns. Gov. David A. Paterson and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo are expected to do so by Wednesday's filing deadline.

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