New York Daily News
Liu backs Benjamin for city’s comptroller
State Sen. Brian Benjamin received an endorsement in his run for city comptroller on Wednesday from fellow Sen. John Liu, who once held the influential fiscal post.
Liu (D-Queens) described his Harlem-born colleague as a doting family man whose “humanity” would shine in the role of comptroller.
The stamp of approval could offer Benjamin (D-Harlem) a boost as he works to make inroads against the polling front-runner in the race: City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea).
The campaign to become the city’s financial watchdog is playing out as New York rebounds from the financial devastation wrought by the pandemic.
A former Morgan Stanley investment adviser, Benjamin serves as the chairman of the Senate’s Revenue and Budget Committee.
“He’s got a tremendous amount of experience from the private sector in finance,” Liu said of Benjamin, adding, “He really understands the fiscal situation that the city and the state are in.”