The Office of the Comptroller
About Scott M. Stringer
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has dedicated himself throughout his public service career to building a strong middle class for the City–focusing on New York’s fiscal health and issues that matter to working people, including affordable housing, budget reform, school overcrowding and public safety.
Mr. Stringer was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992, representing Manhattan’s Upper West Side for 13 years, and won election in 2006 as Manhattan Borough President. He was elected Comptroller on November 5, 2013.
As Borough President, Mr. Stringer transformed the office into a watchdog of government waste and mismanagement, issuing more than 50 reports on issues ranging from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s deficient funding to the need for fundamental reform of the New York City Housing Authority.
As a trustee of the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS), Mr. Stringer has worked to protect and grow members’ pension dollars. He has promoted the integrity and professionalism of the pension fund and was one of the first to call for a ban on private placement agents. He has also called for more comprehensive risk assessment and management, and further diversification of pension investments to ensure the fund’s long term sustainability.
Mr. Stringer has worked to create economic opportunity for New York’s middle class and those striving to get there. When Columbia, Fordham and New York Universities were looking to expand, he guided the process forward, protecting the essential character of surrounding neighborhoods while creating thousands of New York City jobs. In 2012, he released a blueprint on the future of New York City’s thriving tech economy, including recommendations to create entry-level middle class jobs and keep New York competitive on the world stage.
Throughout his career, Mr. Stringer has been a strong advocate for open government and community engagement. He implemented sweeping reforms to the appointment process for Manhattan Community Boards, and launched initiatives to promote greater transparency in the budget process, giving New Yorkers a stronger voice in how government spends their tax dollars.
A longtime champion of equal rights and opportunity for all New Yorkers, Mr. Stringer has fought hard for immigrant rights, speaking out on behalf of the DREAM Act and creating the first ever Immigrants Rights and Services Manual –published in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Russian. He was one of the first co-sponsors of a 1995 bill in the state assembly to provide marriage equality, and passed landmark legislation protecting victims of Domestic Violence.
Mr. Stringer was born and raised in Washington Heights, where he attended local public schools and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He and his wife, Elyse, live with their two sons, Maxwell and Miles, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.