Since taking office just 12 days ago, Comptroller John Liu hasn't just established a new code of decorum forcing staffers to rise from their seats when he enters the room and call him "Mr. Comptroller" — he's also eliminated dress-down Fridays! The Post reports that Liu — dubbed "King Liuy" by the tabloid — has nixed casual Fridays and ordered that workers arrive by 8 am, not 9 am.
"As a practical matter, people who have worked with Comptroller Liu in the past are accustomed to those hours at a minimum," said spokeswoman Sharon Lee. "It's not a secret that he's hardworking. It's known he is in the office before 8 a.m. and well after 6 p.m." Although no formal policy has been established so far, the "change has rankled many staffers long accustomed to working to a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour for lunch and two 15-minute breaks," the paper reports.
The former Queens City Councilman isn't the only one reveling in the new formalities. Deputy Comptroller Eric Eve — a political adviser to President Bill Clinton and former state Comptroller Carl McCall — informed Comptroller's Office staffers that there was leftover birthday cake in the conference room with this memo: "Subject to the approval of your manager, and only if you are inclined, please feel free to stop by the Comptroller's 5th Floor conference room."