New York State assemblyman Alan G. Hevesi says he's the only candidate in tommorow's Democratic primary for New York City Comptroller who really wants the job. Hevesi, who unsuccessfuly sought the post in 1989, says both of his opponents, the current comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman, and former deputy mayor Herman Badillo, want the post only as a consolation prize. Holtzman, says Hevesi, is more concerned with affairs in Washington. While city comptroller, she ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992. Badillo, on the other hand, sought the comptroller's post after dropping out of the mayor's race.
Despite winning a critical endorsement from The New York Time, Hevesi, whose own advertisements concede his lack of name recognition, faces the tough task of convincing voters he's more adept at handling the job than his well known opponents. Polls last week showed Hevesi trailing both Holtzman and Badillo, albeit by a smaller margin than the polls were showing a month ago. A state assemblyman since 1971, Hevesi is campaigning on his competence as a lawmaker and his integrity. He has been hammering away at Holtzman for her selection of Fleet Securities as a co-manager in the city's bond syndicate after her failed senate campaign received a loan from the firm's banking affiliate.