2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for Comptroller

* If there is an asterisk next to a candidate's name, s/he did not submit a profile or record a video.
John Burnett
Republican, Conservative, School Choice

Party Enrolled In: Republican

Current Occupation: John is an Advisory Board Member of White Wolf Capital.

Previous Occupation(s): John has over 20 years of financial services experience and has held domestic and global leadership roles in the areas of compliance, governance, investment oversight and risk management.

Education: John holds a BS degree with honors in Leadership and Management Studies from New York University and an MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

Organizational Affiliations: Urban Resource Institute Board Trustee, Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning (P.E.N.C.I.L.), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Life Member, National Association of Black Accountants, One Hundred Black Men, Inc.

Prior Public Experience: John is actively involved in youth mentoring programs, community service enhancement projects, educational and health programs.

1. What is the most important issue in the city you would address if elected?

I will ensure that the City's pension plans are managed efficiently to maximum investment returns. Tax dollars are used to fund pension plans when investments do not reach its minimum goals. I want to avoid using tax payer dollars and ensure that the pension funds are invested to maximize returns for retirees.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

I want to help restore integrity in public service. I will develop citywide risk assessments and corrective action plans to optimize value, while reducing fiscal waste and fraud in New York City's government. The cost savings can be reinvested to drive growth, create jobs and invest in a better education system for our future.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

The New York City Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The duties of the office consist of overseeing the performance of pension funds, audit city agencies and advise on financial matters. I am asking New York City voters to hire me as Comptroller to do what I have been doing for the last 20 years, which is oversee investment portfolios, audit, compliance, contract administration, budgeting and finance.


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Party Key
  • C = Conservative
  • D = Democratic
  • G = Green
  • LBT = Libertarian
  • R = Republican
  • SC = School Choice
  • SW = Socialist Worker
  • WV = War Veterans
  • WF = Working Families