-- As State’s Chief Fiscal Officer, He Has Advocated for Transparency in Government
and Promoted Public Campaign Financing –
FLUSHING, NY, MAY 20, 2010 – New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will be the keynote speaker at a free business forum breakfast on Friday, June 4, beginning at 8:00 am in the fourth floor ballroom of Queens College’s Student Union. DiNapoli will discuss the outlook of the state budget and New York’s business climate.
Since becoming comptroller in February 2007, DiNapoli has transformed the way New York does business. As the state’s chief fiscal officer, he has initiated reforms to make government more effective, efficient, and ethical. In addition, he has pushed for increased transparency and accountability in government and identified billions of dollars in waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. DiNapoli supports public campaign financing and wants corporations to inform shareholders about planned political spending; to block questionable contracts, he has enabled the public to track how New York State is using federal stimulus dollars.
DiNapoli represented northwestern Nassau County in the State Assembly for 20 years before assuming his current office. During his legislative career, he fought to restore fiscal responsibility in Nassau County, prevent fraud and mismanagement in school districts, and clean up the state’s water supply. A Nassau County native, he resides in Great Neck.
At this event, QC President James Muyskens will present the college’s annual Business Forum Scholarship to Anita Sonawane, an economics major and émigré from India who plans to become a development economist after graduate school. She says she will use the $2,500 award toward room and board when she interns this summer in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Sonawane views public policy as an area in which she can make a “huge difference” to help others. She has pursued this interest as a summer intern for former U.S. Senator for New York Hillary Rodham Clinton and as president of the QC chapter of the Roosevelt Institute. The QC Business Forum Scholarship is given to an outstanding student enrolled in one of the college’s four business programs.
The Business Forum is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and registration is required. Call 718-997-5210 (Lillian Lindroth) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Complimentary parking is available. For directions, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php.
The Queens College Business Forum was launched in the fall of 2005. Sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Queens Courier, Farrell Fritz P.C., PricewaterhouseCoopers, and TD Bank, the forum acts as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for town and gown to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at a series of breakfast lectures, touching on issues vital to the Queens business community. The forum’s theme this year, entrepreneurship, is reflected in the subject matter of the seminars. Each forum fosters discussions that provide insight on how local businesses are seizing opportunities and profitably adapting to changes in business and regulatory conditions.