Manhattan Borough President and city comptroller candidate Scott Stringer says he wants better oversight of how federal dollars are spent for the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
If elected as City Comptroller, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says he will create an audit bureau within the comptroller's office to track federal aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
New Yorkers can then follow that money with an online resource known as the "Sandy Tracker."
"We will be able to show what contracts are being issued, who is getting those contracts, how the money is being spent," said Stringer.
On Monday, Stringer stood in front of boarded up businesses in Manhattan's South Street Seaport that were damaged by Sandy. He was flanked by two fellow Democrats who serve in Congress.
"The New York congressional delegation fought hard to get the Congress to pass the Sandy relief package," said Manhattan Rep. Nydia Velazquez. "Now, we have to make sure that every single penny goes to those that are most vulnerable - to the victims."
In a statement, the Spitzer campaign said, “It’s great that Mr. Stringer wants to use the comptroller’s office to conduct audits. What’s perplexing is that he would want to outsource the basic functions of the office...he wants to hold to yet another special commission.”
The Stringer campaign points out that his proposal does not mention any commission.
Spitzer, who has been criticized for not doing enough local events, focusing instead on national television interviews, popped up on MSNBC on Monday, though did add a meet-and-greet with voters in Brooklyn late in the day.
Last week, Spitzer was criticized for using the image of an Oregon woman in a television advertisement. While he promised to edit what was running on television, the advertisement ran as recently as Monday morning.
"Unfortunately, Eliot thinks that he can operate with his own set of rules while everyone else has to play by the same set of rules," said Stringer.
The Spitzer campaign called any additional running of the advertisement "inadvertent."