Session #11: Keynote

Leading in a Time of Crisis
10:35 – 11:25 a.m.   
CPE Field of Study: Personal Development

New York State, an early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, has become a national example of what can be achieved with a coordinated statewide effort. Yet, despite a dramatically improved public health environment, New York, like other states, continues to experience widespread economic devastation and may face a long road to fiscal recovery. 

 Learn from New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli as he details his state’s current economic and budgetary challenges, his office’s response, and his views on the steps necessary to build a broad, sustainable recovery.


Thomas P. DiNapoli is the 54th comptroller of the state of New York.

In 1972, Tom won his first election and served as a trustee on the Mineola Board of Education, becoming the first 18-year-old in New York State to hold public office. He attended Hofstra University, earning a bachelor’s degree in history and graduated magna cum laude in 1976. He worked in the telecommunications industry for 10 years, and went to night classes and earned a master’s degree from The New School University’s Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions.

In 1986, he ran for the New York State Assembly and was elected to represent the 16th District in northwestern Nassau County for the next 20 years. Tom was elected state comptroller on Feb. 7, 2007 by a bipartisan majority of the state legislature. He was elected comptroller by New York’s voters in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Tom is known for his integrity, independence and even-keeled leadership.



The NASACT Community

NASACT serves as the premier organization working to bring together state auditors, state comptrollers and state treasurers to cooperatively address government financial management issues. NASACT also manages two secretariats - the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) and the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC). Both NSAA and NASC are included under the umbrella of NASACT’s budget and utilize staff hired by NASACT.