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Scott Stringer elected New York City comptroller

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NEW YORK (AP) - Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has been elected as the New York City comptroller, the city's chief financial officer.

The comptroller audits city agencies, analyzes the budget and invests city workers' nearly $140 billion pension funds, among other responsibilities. Current officeholder John Liu ran unsuccessfully for mayor.

Stringer, a Democrat, defeated a handful of other party candidates, which was expected in a city where Democrats far outnumber all other political registrations.

The race for the citywide office is usually low-key but this year got a jolt of controversy when disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer threw his name into the ring. He lost in the Democratic primary in September.

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