Syracuse City Auditor Phil LaTessa spoke up for competence in Albany this week, when he was interviewed by state lawmakers to fill the job of New York State Comptroller, vacant after the resignation of Alan Hevesi.
Legislators held open auditions in what is supposed to be an open process, but experts don’t give the Syracuse Democrat much of a shot.
SU Professor Jeff Stonecash: “You’ve got people in Albany who can go around and call in lots of debts for things they did for people. They’ve got lots of connections. I don’t think he’s got a prayer.”
News 10 Now reports that after his public interview, LaTessa lobbied individual legislators for their support. Phil may also be boosting his own candidacy online, in a semi-anonymous way. See what you think about the “Draft LaTessa” blog.
The interview panel will narrow the list to five candidates, before the full Legislature chooses Hevesi’s replacement.