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Comptroller DiNapoli discusses Hochul's agenda, the fate of JCOPE, why you should spend your gift cards now, and more

File: NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in Plattsburgh
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NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in Plattsburgh

If you got a gift card for Christmas, spend it soon. That’s the message from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The Democrat says the amount of money from unused gift cards flowing into the office of unclaimed funds tripled to $16 million from 2014’s levels last year.

DiNapoli spoke with WAMC News Friday about that, Governor Kathy Hochul's first State of the State address this week, the state's financial outlook heading into budget season, why he wants to see the Joint Commission on Public Ethics replaced, and more.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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