Saying that her goal is to bring the comptroller's office "into the 20th century," city Comptroller-elect Jacqueline F. McLean has appointed a transition team to review the office's operation and make recommendations on how it can be improved.
McLean, who will replace seven-term incumbent Hyman A. Pressman when she is inaugurated Dec. 3, said yesterday that she has given no specific charge to the transition team other than to look for ways to improve the office.
"I want them to go into this with an open mind," she said. "I want them to look at ways to better use the staff and to maybe bring in some modern equipment. . . . A number of things being done in that office are old and antiquated."
For instance, McLean said, the office, which produces reams of documents and keeps voluminous records regarding city contracts, has no word processor and no computers.
The comptroller is the city's fiscal watchdog. The office oversees the audits department and the real estate division. The comptroller sits on the boards of the three municipal pension systems and the Board of Estimates, which approves contracts, all major city expenditures and the budget. The comptroller also runs the municipal post office. In all, the comptroller supervises some 110 people.
Since 1963, the office has been the domain of Pressman, who is retiring this year because of poor health.
McLean met yesterday with Richard Lidinsky, Pressman's longtime deputy, who said he would stay on until McLean is comfortably in place in her new job.
Heading McLean's transition team are Robert Bonnell of
Commercial Credit Corp. and Arnold Williams, McLean's campaign treasurer, who is managing partner of Abrams, Foster, Nole and Williams, an accounting firm.
Other members of the team are Calvin Chin, a retired businessman; Richard E. Hug, from Environmental Elements Corp.; Donna Olszewski, a retired teacher; Gail Kaplan, a caterer; the Rev. Vashti McKenzie, a pastor; and Sina Reid, head of a food concession firm.