February 22, 2011
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and the other elected comptrollers from across the state announced the newly formed New York State Elected County Comptrollers’ Association (NYSECCA), a non-partisan collaboration committed to protecting the integrity and independence of their oversight role in county government.
"As Comptroller for Nassau County my top priority is ensuring the taxpayers are receiving the most efficient and cost effective services possible,” Comptroller Maragos said. “Joining with my colleagues across the state to exchange ideas and strategies is a common sense approach to providing greater oversight for our taxpayers.”
"There is a synergy among us that strengthens our roles,” according to Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach. “We find that we face many of the same challenges and working together we add value to the results we produce,” said Auerbach.
"County Comptrollers hold a unique position across New York State. We all are committed to promoting the efficient and effective use of government resources,” said Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz, “and we enhance our service when we share expertise.”
The eight elected county comptrollers are:
Michael Connors of Albany County 518-447-7130
James Coughlan of Dutchess County 845-486-2056
Mark Poloncarz of Erie County 716-858-8404
George Maragos of Nassau County 516-571-2386
Joseph Timpano of Oneida County 315-798-5780
Robert Antonacci of Onondaga County 315-435-2130
Joseph Sawicki, Jr. of Suffolk County 631-853-5040
Elliott Auerbach of Ulster County 845-340-3529
The mission of NYSECCA is to promote and protect the essential independence of comptrollers, strengthen their oversight role, protect the integrity of local government decision-making from increased state interference, provide opportunities for joint self-reflection, and to share expertise and best practices.
The position of elected county comptroller exists in counties governed by locally adopted charters. As a result, each comptroller’s job description varies slightly with the most significant difference being that three of the eight are also the chief fiscal officer of their county.
NYSECCA is a collaboration with no established hierarchy. Individual comptrollers may be reached for comment at the phone numbers above.
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