Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00
A large contingent of Great Neck residents came out to support their friend and neighbor, Thomas P. DiNapoli, as he was sworn in as New York State comptroller on Sunday, Jan. 9, at the historic Cooper Union in Manhattan. Over 800 well-wishers filled the space as Comptroller DiNapoli was sworn in for his first full four-year term, having been appointed by the governor during the prior term (in February of 2007).
Elected officials from around New York State attended the ceremony, including Sheldon Silver, minority leader of the New York State Assembly. Great Neck’s Lee Ielpi led the Pledge of Allegiance, while Monsignor Brendan Riordan of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Great Neck gave the invocation. The blessing was given by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik from the New York Board of Rabbis. United States Senator Charles Schumer delivered greetings, while Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice spoke, as did Dennis Hughes, the head of the New York State AFL-CIO.
The oath of office was administered by Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.
The office of state comptroller sees Tom DiNapoli as the sole trustee for New York State’s $132.8 billion state pension fund.
Comptroller DiNapoli is a lifelong Nassau County resident and spent 20 years representing the state’s 16th Assembly District, which includes Great Neck and other areas in northwestern Nassau County.
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, a longtime friend and strong supporter of Comptroller DiNapoli, also served as Democratic committeewoman for the 16th Assembly District when Mr. DiNapoli served as assemblyman. Councilwoman Seeman told the Great Neck Record: “New York State is most fortunate to have a person such as Tom DiNapoli as state comptroller … in this turbulent economy we know our finances are protected with Tom ... Tom is beloved in the Great Neck community and has now proven that he enjoys the support the of the entire very diverse New York State community.”