We’re not going to pretend we went five-for-five on the “Comptroller 101 Quiz” the Post administered to Thomas DiNapoli yesterday at the Plaza Café, in scenic Great Neck, Long Island, just off the LIRR. But we’re not state comptroller of New York (yet). In TD’s defense, his poor performance definitely could have simply been first day jitters, if not the cuisine at the Plaza Café, which is best known on the island as “the poor man’s Hi-Lite Diner” (located in Port Jefferson, just up Route 112). Judge him as you’d judge yourself (if you were the comptroller of New York).
DiNapoli…took a feeble crack at five Economics 101 questions asked of him, getting them flat-out wrong, hedging on them or fidgeting uncomfortably while he fished for an answer. In one instance, he straight-up admitted he didn’t know the answer.
For example, DiNapoli blew off a question about an economic situation that is considered a predictor of a recession – and then railed at The Post for even asking.
DiNapoli also missed by about 600,000 the number of retirees and beneficiaries who are part of state pension fund. He didn’t even know the return of the fund’s investments last year – more than 14 percent – saying only, “It was very strong.”
And he couldn’t say what the fund’s largest holding is, grinning and fidgeting as he promised, “I’d be happy to get back to you on that one.”
There was no answer at all to a question on how much of the fund is invested in stocks.