Finch: START-UP NY Exposed By Comptroller Audit

May 11, 2015

Nearly a month ago, Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) called for suspension of the controversial START-UP NY initiative until Comptroller Tom Dinapoli could conduct a “thorough audit” of the program.

Finch’s misgivings were confirmed by the audit. DiNapoli’s office concluded that there were “no tangible results” generated by the staggering $211 million taxpayer-funded marketing campaign.

“At this point, it would be hard to overstate what an abject failure this program has become,” said Finch. “When the Assembly Minority Conference references excessive spending, this is precisely what we’re talking about. When we discuss the merits of smaller government, these are precisely the disasters we are trying to avoid.”

“START-UP NY’s ineffective advertising campaign is the worst $200 million investment made in New York since the Yankees signed Alex Rodriguez,” said Finch.

Finch also took umbrage with the governor’s decision to ramp up START-UP NY advertisements during his re-election bid.

“I think it was clear to anyone with a passing interest in media or politics that the governor used START-UP NY television spots as backdoor campaign advertising,” said Finch. “While not technically illegal, the brazen and self-serving ploy of using voters’ hard-earned tax dollars to deceive them with propaganda is one of the shoddiest I’ve seen since I took office.”