(New York, NY) – New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released the following statement on receiving the Citizens Budget Commission Medal of High Civic Service this evening:

“What an honor. The CBC has always been the gold standard for budgeting, and to receive this recognition alongside Stanley Fischer, one of the great economists of our time, is truly special.

“Budgets are not just statements of priorities or dedications of resources. They’re opportunities. They’re opportunities to help people in need, to give everyone a fair shot, with a robust social safety net that lifts up those who need it most. Times have no doubt been good for our city, but especially as we face unprecedented threats from Washington, we need to use these moments now to prepare for tougher ones ahead. Every dollar of waste in government is an opportunity lost, and every inefficiency in our bureaucracies is a missed chance to help a person in need. That’s why government can never stop striving to be better.

“New York must always be a place that lifts everyone up – in good economic times and in tough ones. To do that, we must make ourselves more fiscally resilient. Resiliency is the ability to recover when challenged. It means preparing for any economic contingency, adapting to any budgetary scenario, and always having our financial defenses up. If we do that, if we make ourselves more fiscally resilient, our city will continue to lead in this century and the next, just like we did in the last.

“This is such a tremendous honor, and I want to thank Carol Kellerman, Ed Skyler, and all of the CBC trustees for all they do for our city.”