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Elizabeth Holtzman, first female comptroller of NYC

By Unknown - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27745498Elizabeth Holtzman (born August 11, 1941) is an American politician and former member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold office as the New York City Comptroller, and the District Attorney of Kings County, New York. A Democrat, she represented New York’s 16th congressional district for four terms.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she graduated from Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School. She was admitted to the NY Bar in 1966. While in Congress, she was not only part of the committee that put together the impeachment papers for Richard Nixon, but went to court to end the bombing in Cambodia filing a legal challenge in United States Federal Court in the case of Schlesinger v. Holtzman. Holtzman voted against the Case-Church amendment, as she wanted an immediate end to the bombings, and subsequently filed suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking an order to require it.

In 1978 she secured an extension for the deadline for States to vote on the proposed Equal Rights amendment to the US Constitution. That same year, she also got the law to expel Nazi war criminals that had settled in the US. She ran an unsuccessful campaign for US Senate and re-entered New York State politics as a DA in Brooklyn in 1985 and NY State Comptroller in 1989. Her last term in elective office ended in 1994.

Since then she has been an attorney in private practice in New York City. She is now an attorney and author on politics. She published a memoir in 1996, Who Said It Would Be Easy?: One Woman’s Life in the Political Arena with Cynthia L. Cooper. On January 11, 2006, The Nation published her essay calling for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush for authorizing “the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.” She expanded on her arguments for impeaching President Bush in a 2006 book co-authored with Cynthia L. Cooper, The impeachment of George W. Bush: a practical guide for concerned citizens.

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Major-General Jacob Morton (1756–1837) was the marshal for the First inauguration of George Washington. When it was found that no bible was available, Morton retrieved the Lodge Bible from St. John’s Lodge where he was the Worshipful Master.

Morton served as New York City Comptroller from 1807 to 1808. Morton was also later clerk for the New York City Common Council. Morton was an active Freemason, and was the Grand Master of Grand Lodge of New York from 1801–04. The Grand Lodge of New York established an award named for Morton known as the Jacob Morton Award, given to Masons or Masonic Organizations that have demonstrated exceptional voluntary service to their community.  

Morton was promoted to brigadier-general in 1804. The Brigade he commanded was known as “Morton’s Brigade of Artillery,” which was the precursor for the Seventh Regiment of New York. As Major-General, Morton led the New York Militia during the War of 1812

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Samuel Jones (July 26, 1734 – November 21, 1819) was an American lawyer and politician. Great Jones Street in NoHo in Manhattan is named for him. He is considered “The Father of The New York Bar” due to his work on revising New York State’s statutes in 1789 along with Richard Varick, who had a street in SoHo named after him.

Jones was a member from Queens County of the New York State Assembly from 1786 to 1790. He was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1788, but did not attend the session. He was Recorder of New York City from 1789 to 1797. He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1791 to 1799. On February 17, 1797, the office of New York State Comptroller was created by the New York State Legislature to succeed to the State Auditor.

On March 15, Jones was appointed by the Council of Appointment the first holder of the office, serving until 1800.

 

What is a comptroller? A comptroller is a management level position responsible for supervising the quality of accounting and financial reporting of an organization or government. A financial comptroller is a senior-level executive who acts as the head of accounting, and oversees the preparation of financial reports, such as balance sheets and income statements.

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