Democrat Scott stringer will be the next City Comptroller. Stringer easily beat Republican John Burnett, just two months after winning a bruising Democratic primary against political heavyweight Eliot Spitzer. Zack Fink filed the following report.
In January, Scott Stringer will stop serving just the people of Manhattan as their borough president, and instead be a comptroller for the entire city.
"I want everyone in this city to know that I will be a comptroller who serves our city with honesty and integrity, a comptroller who listens to the voices of New Yorkers in all five boroughs,” Stringer said at his victory speech Tuesday night.
With a substantial fundraising advantage over his Republican opponent, John Burnett, Stringer cruised to victory in the general election. But that was hardly a foregone conclusion this past summer.
Days before the filing deadline in July, former Governor Eliot Spitzer jumped into the Democratic primary race. Although Spitzer resigned the governorship over a prostitution scandal, his instant name recognition among voters made him a formidable candidate.
"Now this victory of ours did not come easy. Some of you know that, right? It was a long journey, but it was worth it,” Stringer said.
Spitzer wound up outspending Stringer roughly two to one, but in the end, it was Stringer who won by nearly four percentage points.
Democrats who closely watched that race credited Stringer with a towering come-from-behind victory after trailing in the polls.
"Look, that was a tough summer and I think it really showed Scott's mettle. I mean I don't think anyone claimed it was an easy race. It was a tough one against a serious candidate and his performance in that race showed exactly who he is, which is a guy who steps up to the plate,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron.
Stringer served in the state assembly for 13 years before being elected Manhattan Borough President in 2005. This is his first time being elected citywide.