State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli won another term as the person in charge of the state's billion-dollar pension fund, beating out Republican Harry Wilson, who was armed with endorsements from Mayor Bloomberg and the NY Times, NY Daily News, and NY Post, plus millions of his own money. Last night Wilson had initially refused to concede until all absentee ballots were counted, but this morning he threw in the towel. DiNapoli said of his win, "I’d like them to reflect on this campaign, and to really understand: you don’t always need a famous name, and you don’t always need to be rich to make it in politics."
DiNapoli didn't get the support of Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo or Attorney General-elect Eric Schneiderman, possibly because of DiNapoli's history as an Assemblyman without any financial experience. DiNapoli was appointed to the job by the Assembly when Alan Hevesi resigned over the "Driving Mrs. Hevesi" scandal, where he had state workers chauffeur his ailing wife around. City Hall News noticed how Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was by DiNapoli's side last night.
DiNapoli had 50% of the vote, compared with Wilson's 47%.