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Jon Kaiman, Nassau Interim Finance Authority chief, chairs final meeting Wednesday

Jon Kaiman at his first meeting as chairman

Jon Kaiman at his first meeting as chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority in October 2013. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

As Jon Kaiman prepares to run his final meeting Wednesday as chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority before stepping down to run for Congress, speculation about his potential replacement is beginning.

One name that has surfaced is that of former two-term County Comptroller Howard Weitzman.

Weitzman, a CPA and former partner in the KPMG accounting firm, confirmed Tuesday that he is interested in the unpaid NIFA post and has submitted his resume to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who will make the appointment. NIFA is a state monitoring board that controls the county’s finances.

“I feel like I can add something to help Nassau as it deals with its fiscal crisis,” said Weitzman, a Democrat from North Hills. “And I feel like I have the tools and skills to do that.”

A Cuomo spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

Weitzman served as comptroller from 2001 through 2009, when he lost to Republican George Maragos. Weitzman made another run for his old post in 2013 but lost again to Maragos.

In recent years, Weitzman has served as a financial consultant for the Town of North Hempstead.

Kaiman said he has not been consulted about his replacement, but called Weitzman a “premier candidate for the position. He would be an excellent choice.” Kaiman said he was not aware of any other names being considered for the post.

Kaiman is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the seat held by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who is not running for re-election. Kaiman plans to step down from the NIFA board by week’s end to concentrate on the congressional run.

Former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi; North Hempstead Town board member Anna Kaplan; Suffolk County legislators Steve Stern and William Spencer and former Suffolk Legis. Jon Cooper also have expressed interest in the Democratic nomination to replace Israel.

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