dinapoli.jpgWe’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.

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  • 24 Jan 2007 at 1:17 PM
  • Spitzer

A Blind Item We Actually Want To Know the Answer To

When we told you earlier this morning that today’s theme was Ride the Smut Train With Us While You Can Still Get A Seat, we weren’t kidding. But that’s because 1. The WSJ said it was okay and 2. We thought there’d be a lot more trash to dirty our hands with; turns out, today, not so much. The following basically warrants half a siren or a third of a siren, but, unfortunately, Drudge has yet to come up with a graphic for us to represent the less-than-juicy nature of this item. Nonetheless, it piqued our interest, if only because from it, we can draw a tangential relationship to Senator Schumes, whom we adore.*

Which new Spitzer appointee is going to find threesomes a lot harder to come by in Albany than he did in Manhattan?

Don’t Shoot the Messenger [New York Daily News]
*Concerned about our obvious affinity for men on the Hill (Schumer, Corzine, Biden, Feingold, etc)? Our therapist says it has to do with not being hugged enough by members of Congress during childhood. You have your thing, we have ours.