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or Joseph Mancini
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May 6, 2009
For Immediate Release




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NYC PBA ENDORSES WEPRIN FOR COMPTROLLER

The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the nation’s largest municipal police union that represents nearly 50,000 active and retired police officers, today endorsed David I. Weprin for election as New York City Comptroller.

NYC PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: “David Weprin has fought long and hard for New York’s working families and its police officers who struggle day in and day out to hold their lives together in this tough town. His service as the Chairman of the Council Finance Committee and as a Deputy Superintendent of Banks for New York State gives him the depth of knowledge and experience needed to be an effective Comptroller. Councilman Weprin has delivered time and again for our police officers with his support for state of the art bullet resistant vests and for having the courage to speak the truth at state hearings seeking fair pay for police officers. His opposition to tolling the East River Bridges and his call for the reinstatement of the commuter tax demonstrates his commitment to all working New Yorkers. We are proud to endorse and support David I. Weprin, a friend to law enforcement and to working families everywhere, for Comptroller of the City of New York.”

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association,” Weprin said. “The hard working men and women of the PBA are responsible for the enormous task of keeping our city safe and they are a reflective example of the working New Yorkers that make this city great. As Comptroller I will devote my efforts to make sure that their dedication and hard work is aptly rewarded by safe, prudent and transparent stewardship of their pension funds.”

Weprin has had a long and distinguished career in both public and private sector finance. He was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to serve as Deputy Superintendent of Banks for N.Y.S. and Secretary to the N.Y. Banking Board from 1983 through 1987. He has served as a Legislative Assistant to the New York State Assembly Housing and Banking Committees, and was a Congressional staffer with the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs.

Currently serving his eighth year in the City Council representing the 23rd District and as Finance Chair, Weprin oversees the budget process, and works tirelessly to ensure responsible public spending. Prior to his service on the Council, David Weprin served in both the public and private finance sector. He helped draft and implement major consumer legislation, including a bill to force banks to clear checks more quickly; was Chair of the Securities Industry Association, NY District and spent three years on the New York City Tax Reform Task Force.

Weprin is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice, the American Jewish Congress Metropolitan Region, the Brandeis Association of Queens, the Economic Education Foundation of SIA and the Holliswood Civic Association. He has served as Vice President of the Northeast Queens-Jewish Community Council and has served on the boards of the New York City Tax Reform Task Force, the New York State Government Finance Officers Association and the Citizens Budget Commission and the Queens Jewish Community Council. He is the recipient of awards from many organizations including Mid-Queens Fresh Meadows Youth Alliance, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, City University of New York, the Polish American Congress Down State N.Y. Divisions, the Bangladesh American Friendship Caucus, and the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services.

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