This little blurb in the Buffalo News over the weekend got me thinking. Is it better to have politicians themselves sitting on all these different boards or are appointees who are somewhat insulated from day to day politics better suited? Think of things like IDA, NFTA, Bridge Commission, NCCC, etc., etc. Pros and cons both ways.
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, still new to the job, has been fielding some questions of late as to why the comptroller should be the sole trustee of the state’s huge $154 billion pension fund.
He’s a pretty persuasive guy. After running through the accountability and legality arguments for this paper’s editorial board, he got to the one that hooked us — if New York scrapped its tradition of comptroller independence in favor of a board of directors, just who do you think would get to appoint the board members?
So, New York politics being what New York politics is, maybe it is best to just leave well enough alone"