Black Conservative Wall Street Vet John Burnett Ready To Jump Into Race For NYC Comptroller
John Burnett went from working a cash register at Pathmark to overseeing wealth managers on Wall Street. Now, Daily Politics has learned, he wants to become the city's next comptroller.
Burnett, who's expected to announce his bid in the next few weeks, would be up against Democrat Scott Stringer if he makes it to the November vote for the office, which he vows to use to create jobs, to see that minority and women-owned businesses get a fair share of city contracts, and to reform the public pension system.
“My parents relied heavily on their pensions, especially later in their lives when they were challenged with heart disease and cancer," he said.
"I will never forget that [as] comptroller, we are not just seeking a positive return on investments; we are investing for people like my parents and millions of New Yorkers' retirement and well-being to secure their future in good health and in challenging times," said Burnett, a member of the state GOP's African-American Coalition.