Person

Thomas DiNapoli

Thomas DiNapoli is the 54th comptroller of the State of New York. In 1972, he won his first election and served as a trustee on the Mineola Board of Education, becoming the first 18-year-old in New York State to hold public office. He attended Hofstra University, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1976. He worked in the telecommunications industry for 10 years, and went to night classes and earned a master’s degree from the New School University’s Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions.

In 1986, he ran for the New York State Assembly and was elected to represent the 16th District in northwestern Nassau County for the next 20 years. DiNapoliwas elected state comptroller in 2007 by a bipartisan majority of the state legislature. He was elected comptroller by New York’s voters in 2010, 2014, and 2018. DiNapoli is known for his integrity, independence and even-keeled leadership. A lifelong Long Islander, he was raised in a middle-class, union household and saw the value of hard work and stretching every dollar in the example set by his parents.