Former Governor George Pataki Endorses John Burnett for Comptroller

By Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
October 1, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—Former Gov. George Pataki officially endorsed Republican comptroller candidate John Burnett Tuesday morning. Pataki cited Burnett’s vast experience in the financial services sector.

Burnett has worked at CitiGroup, Merrill Lynch, and the McGraw Hill Companies, in compliance, wealth management, and risk management roles.

“New Yorkers need a comptroller who will be both a watchdog for taxpayers and a serious advocate for pensioners. John is the right man for the job with the experience and independence to get the job done,” Pataki said in a statement.

Burnett said he was honored and humbled by the governor’s endorsement, according to a statement. 

“In 1994, Governor Pataki was a transformative figure when New York State desperately needed one,” Burnett said. “New York City is in dangerous fiscal waters and is in need of a financial steward to guide it through the stormy uncertain times. I thank the governor for his faith in my leadership and I look forward to his continued support as the next comptroller.”

Burnett will face current Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a Democrat, in the Nov. 5 general election.

Kristen Meriwether