New York Daily News

Liu backs Benjamin for city’s comptrolle­r

- Tim Balk

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.”

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