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DiNapoli vows close scrutiny of Cuomo budget

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli used his inauguration speech Sunday to call for oversight of state pensions and promised close scrutiny of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's first budget proposal.

DiNapoli, who took the ceremonial oath in Manhattan in the Cooper Union's Great Hall, also said he would bolster reviews of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Island Power Authority and special districts, echoing promises he made after a Jan. 1 swearing- in at the State Capitol in Albany.

At Sunday's event - where the crowd of more than 600 included a sizable union contingent - DiNapoli said, "public employees are not the enemies" in state efforts to curtail pension abuse.

DiNapoli, a Democrat from Great Neck Plaza, called Sunday's swearing-in "the one that counts," because he was surrounded by family from Long Island and supporters from New York City who were crucial in his narrow defeat of Republican challenger Harry Wilson.

"I'm not seeking to be the governor's comptroller or the State Legislature's comptroller," DiNapoli said. "I stand before you as the people's comptroller."

Cuomo, who did not endorse DiNapoli in the campaign, did not attend Sunday's event, though he attended a similar ceremony for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week. Among top officials who did attend were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Before the event, Silver said he was there to show support for DiNapoli, though he quickly added they don't always agree on financial issues.

DiNapoli was an assemblyman before being appointed comptroller in February 2007. The November election was his first time on the comptroller ballot.

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