Opinion | Brad Lander for Comptroller

The New York City comptroller serves because the fiscal watchdog, which is critical enterprise in a metropolis with a funds of practically $99 billion. The workplace oversees the town’s roughly $240 billion in pension funds, approving its contracts and investigating its businesses.

As New York recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, it should want a gentle and skilled hand targeted on guaranteeing that its residents and companies recuperate from the trauma attributable to the illness. The well being and vitality of the town’s financial system isn’t only a native matter; New York is a serious financial engine that your complete nation wants firing on all cylinders for restoration to succeed. This is a job for Brad Lander, a veteran councilman from Brooklyn who’s among the many hardest-working and handiest public servants within the metropolis.

Plenty of legislators within the 51-member City Council merely present up. Mr. Lander’s work has typically modified New York for the higher. Early in his profession, he was one among two council members behind the Community Safety Act, among the many first important efforts to curb stop-and-frisk policing underneath Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In the next decade, Mr. Lander sponsored laws that expanded paid sick depart, strengthened protections for tenants and elevated speedy bus service for New Yorkers. He additionally took on common sense measures, like getting air-conditioners into metropolis colleges, that made life simpler.

Mr. Lander has repeatedly risked his political profession to take unpopular stances. Perhaps most important was his skillful, dogged assist of a plan in recent times that efficiently built-in Brooklyn elementary and center colleges in his district.

The editorial board doesn’t agree with all of Mr. Lander’s said positions, similar to his name to defund the New York Police Department. (The comptroller doesn’t set the police funds.) While a number of of the opposite candidates within the race are engaging, Mr. Lander stands above them as greatest suited to this explicit job. Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker, jumped into the race on the final second after deciding to not run for mayor. Brian Benjamin, a state senator from Harlem and the Upper West Side, and Zach Iscol, an entrepreneur and U.S. Marine, can be new to metropolis authorities at a second when expertise counts. David Weprin, a state assemblyman, has a few of that have however lacks Mr. Lander’s depth. Then there may be Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former Republican and CNBC anchor who moved to Queens in 2019 to wage an unsuccessful bid in opposition to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

This is not any time to elect a political novice or somebody who may need most well-liked a special workplace. There is a temptation to make use of the place of comptroller to enact bigger agendas that extra correctly belong with the mayor. We have been received over by Mr. Lander’s prudence and competence, and we hope that he retains his consideration targeted on the job at hand.

Early voting within the Democratic main lasts from June 12 to June 20, and Primary Day is June 22. The winner of that contest for comptroller will seemingly win the final election.

Mr. Lander hopes to make use of the workplace’s lengthy attain to make climate-friendly investments that create well-paying jobs. He additionally guarantees to audit the town’s public colleges extra aggressively and be sure that federal assist from the pandemic is invested properly for future generations.

Mr. Lander has our endorsement.

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