New York down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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New York Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date:
September 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

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One down ballot state executive position was up for election in the state of New York in 2014. The lone down ballot office on the ballot in 2014 was the New York Comptroller. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Thomas DiNapoli won re-election to the comptroller's office. He faced Republican candidate Bob Antonacci, Green Party candidate Theresa Portelli and Libertarian Party candidate John Clifton.

New York is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]



General election

Democratic Party Thomas DiNapoli- Incumbent (also running on the Working Families Party, Independence Party of America Independence Party and Women's Equality Party lines) Green check mark transparent.png [4]
Republican Party Bob Antonacci (also running on the Conservative Party Conservative Party, Life and Justice Party and "Stop Common Core" lines) - Onondaga County Comptroller[4][5]
Green Party Theresa Portelli[4]
Libertarian Party John Clifton (nominated at party convention)[6]

Note: The general election candidates were nominated in party conventions or petitioned to join the gubernatorial race without a primary.

Did not qualify

Democratic Party Geeta Rankoth[4]


General election

New York Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas DiNapoli Incumbent 60.2% 2,233,057
     Republican Bob Antonacci 36.5% 1,354,643
     Green Theresa Portelli 2.6% 97,906
     Libertarian John Clifton 0.7% 26,583
Total Votes 3,712,189
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections.


Article V of the state constitution outlines the following duties of the comptroller:

  • To audit all vouchers before payment and all official accounts
  • to audit the accrual and collection of all revenues and receipts
  • to prescribe such methods of accounting as are necessary for the performance of the foregoing duties.

Additionally, the legislature may also assign the following duties to the comptroller:

  • supervision of the accounts of any political subdivision of the state
  • powers and duties pertaining to or connected with the assessment and taxation of real estate

Past elections


New York Comptroller, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas P. DiNapoli Incumbent 50.8% 2,271,666
     Republican Harry Wilson 46.3% 2,069,427
     Green Julia Willebrand 2.3% 104,445
     Libertarian John Gaetani 0.6% 27,882
Total Votes 4,473,420
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $5,385,895 during the election. This information was last updated on March 25, 2015.[7]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Thomas DiNapoli Democratic Party New York Comptroller Won $5,127,911
Bob Antonacci Republican Party New York Comptroller Defeated $257,984
Theresa Portelli Green Party New York Controller Defeated $0
John Clifton Libertarian Party New York Comptroller Defeated $0
Greg Fischer Independent New York Comptroller Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $5,385,895

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
July 10, 2014 Filing deadline for state offices
September 9, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
January 1, 2015 Inauguration of state executive officers

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