If elected, New York State comptroller candidate Herbert London said he would use "all the powers" at his disposal -- including the authority to withhold checks to outside vendors -- to make sure the state budget is balanced without tax increases or budget gimmicks.

London, a Republican who is challenging Democrat incumbent H. Carl McCall in this fall's election, said he would rely on existing state constitutional provisions to exert his influence. As comptroller, London said he would play a greater role in the budget adoption process by using these provisions, which certify that no fraud was involved in the state's payments to outside vendors.

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