The Democratic candidates for city comptroller are bickering over attendance records and tax returns, and one of the candidates released a new TV ad Tuesday. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
During a debate last week, Scott Stringer promised to release information about how many meetings he attended of the New York City Employees Retirement System board, also known as NYCERS.
"We'll certainly get you the updated information," Stringer said during the debate.
All five borough presidents have a seat on the 11-member board that oversees the pension funds of retirees.
On Tuesday, the Spitzer campaign called on him to do so again.
"I will be more than happy to release any and all records related to my NYCERS service over the last seven-and-a-half years," Stringer said. "As many people know, I have been a trustee of this $45 billion fund. It's real experience navigating the pension system, the pension fund."
Stringer did release those records, revealing he attended only 15 meetings out of 160 since 2006. Stringer has attended no meetings over the last three years.
Stringer's campaign countered that his attendance record is much better than any of the other elected officials on the board. Principals often send surrogates to stand in for them.
"I'd like to ask Eliot to do favor as well. He owes us three years of his taxes. So maybe when I'm giving him my NYCERS attendance record, we can get his tax returns," Stringer said.
In contrast to his opponent, Stringer has made a point of being visible on the campaign trail virtually every day. He was greeting commuters at a subway stop in Brooklyn Tuesday morning.
Stringer got some help campaigning in Brooklyn from state Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblyman Karim Camara.
"The people who stand with me are on the front lines every day," Stringer said. "Just ask these elected officials. They know how people are struggling in their districts, and they want a comptroller who's going to watch out for the people in this city."
Stringer also released his second TV ad Tuesday.
"Scott Stringer is a strong voice for civil rights, with integrity that's unmatched," the ad says.
The ad goes on to highlight Stringer's endorsements from the New York Post, Daily News and New York Times.