Trichter For New York









New York State


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My Promise

I will bring a fresh independence to the role of Comptroller and provide a necessary check on the waste and inefficiency in State government. I will forensically audit Albany spending to identify every dollar that isn’t put to use for all New Yorkers, not just the politically-connected insiders.  I will never sign off on a budget that isn’t fair. I will take my pen and go home rather than sign a budget that isn’t fair. The result will be billions in new savings each year. That is my promise to you.

About Me

Jonathan Trichter is an investment banker and public finance expert. He has worked for J.P. Morgan, the restructuring firm MAEVA Group LLC and served on underwriting teams for the largest municipal bond issuers in the country. His work has helped state and local governments identify major long-term liabilities that were previously unaccounted for.

Active in New York government, policy and civic causes for decades, Jonathan spent his early career in New York City government and on political campaigns. He worked for the New York Public Interest Research Group in high school.

At J.P. Morgan, Jonathan covered the Office of New York State Comptroller where he compiled a directory of New York’s outstanding bonds to provide the full details of the State’s debt profile for the incoming Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli.

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In 2010, Jonathan served as policy director on Harry Wilson’s campaign for New York State Comptroller. His work including researching and contributing to white papers on the New York State pension system that were covered extensively by the media and helped earn Mr. Wilson the endorsement of every major newspaper in the State, included The New York Times.

Jonathan went on to work for Mr. Wilson’s restructuring firm, MAEVA, where he was a key leader on the largest out-of-court pension consent process in a corporate restructuring in recent years for a private sector workout. He later ran a municipal restructuring subsidiary of MAEVA, which was tapped by the Pew Charitable Trusts to work on public pension restructurings across the county. In this capacity, Jonathan helped lead some of the most meaningful pension reforms implemented by cities and states at that time. In Jacksonville, Florida he worked with Mayor Alvin Brown and the police and fire unions to restructure one of the most distressed public-safety pensions in the country; the work ultimately preserved the system’s defined benefit status via a consensual solution that saved the city $1.5 billion while funding the pension plan in a reasonable period without major benefit cuts to its members.

Jonathan spent 2014 working for a venture capital firm owned by his wife’s family. There he managed a digital media startup, serving as its President in preparation for a key round of financing. With his background in communications, Jonathan took monthly traffic from under 2 million “uniques” per month to over 7 million in just 60 days. Afterwards, he worked directly with the VC firm’s chairman on a successful Series A, in which Discovery Communications led the round along with participation from Softbank, RRE Ventures, Greycroft Partners and Sterling.

In 2015, Jonathan returned to MAEVA as a principal.

Jonathan has published numerous articles and op-eds in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News and others. His commentary has appeared on local news and national networks. He served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University in the political science department, and he founded a polling institute at Pace University.

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He is a graduate of Emory University and resides in New York City on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with his wife, the Executive Editor of Seventeen Magazine, and son. He is also an ironman triathlete, marathoner and open-water swimmer, but mostly before his son was born.

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My Plans

I will be releasing research papers over the course of the campaign that lay out my vision for running the State Comptroller’s Office in ways that are much more efficient, beneficial and equitable for all New Yorkers.







I don’t make it a regular practice to advocate for a Democrat, but the choice here is obvious. The pension system is so critical, we need the best person to run it. This is a non-political position or at least should be and Jonathan Trichter has the skills for the job.
— Mike Sigler, Tompkins County Republican Chairman
I’ve always said it was providential that Jonathan Trichter reached out to our task force to offer pro bono assistance to us in restructuring our underfunded Police and Fire Pension Fund. I don’t know how we would have gotten it done it without his help. We relied on Jonathan’s experience and advice, and that of his colleagues at The Pew Charitable Trusts, to come to a comprehensive solution - among all stakeholders - to a problem the city had been wrestling with for years. We were so very grateful for his service to us.
— Bill Scheu, Chair of the Retirement Reform Task Force in Jacksonville, Florida (2013-14)
Jonathan Trichter is a financial expert who has proven that he will stand up for taxpayers and fight for fiscal responsibility. Working with the highly respected Pew Charitable Trusts in Jacksonville, Florida — the largest city by area in the contiguous United States and 12th largest by population in the nation — Jonathan championed governance reforms to ensure financial accountability, transparency, and sound investment strategy at the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund. I have no doubt he will bring the same approach to serving the people of New York as Comptroller.
— Chris Hand, former Chief of Staff to the Jacksonville Mayor

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in the media


 Podcast with Vikram Aiyer | July 3, 2018

Podcast with Vikram Aiyer | July 3, 2018


When Americans vote, many positions on the ballot don’t even make sense to us. A superintendent? A comptroller? However vague they may sound, these “down-ballot” posts can sway everything from the lunch your kids eat at school to the way the subway system runs. New York State candidate for Comptroller Jonathan Trichter joins “American Enough” to tell us what the hell a comptroller is and why he suited up as a Republican to change the game...Listen to Podcast

 Capital Tonight Staff  |  May 24, 2018 @6:24 PM

Capital Tonight Staff  |  May 24, 2018 @6:24 PM

Republicans pick TRICHTER for state comptroller race

Republicans officially picked their candidate for state comptroller race on Thursday, giving Jonathan Trichter not only the nomination but special permission to run on the party's line, since he is not yet an enrolled GOP member. But while Trichter's career has been in Democratic politics, he says he is now in line with the rest of this year's Republican ticket. We spoke to Trichter about that and more...See Interview

 By  Chris Bragg  on May 24, 2018 at 3:02 PM

By Chris Bragg on May 24, 2018 at 3:02 PM



For comptroller, GOP unanimously backs Trichter,a new Republican

After hand-wringing from some Republican county chairs about the possibility of nominating political operative Jonathan Trichter as the party’s state comptroller candidate, he unanimously won the party nod at its convention in Manhattan on Thursday ...MORE

 By  David Lombardo  on May 18, 2018 at 11:37 AM

By David Lombardo on May 18, 2018 at 11:37 AM



PODCAST: The fiduciary hero

Jonathan Trichter believes the state comptroller’s office has superpowers and hopes voters in November will decide he’s the right person to wield them.

Trichter, an investment banker, joined the Capitol Confidential podcast to talk about his long shot bid to be the next state comptroller.

The conversation addressed his critique of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, explored his plan to run as a Republican despite being a registered Democrat and dove into the success of the movie Taken. He was also grilled on the difference between controller and comptroller ... listen here

 By Capital Tonight Staff  |  April 11, 2018 @6:20 PM

By Capital Tonight Staff  |  April 11, 2018 @6:20 PM

Former campaign operative running for state comptroller

Republicans officially have a candidate in the state comptroller's race now that former campaign operative Jonathan Trichter has announced that he is running. Back in 2014, Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli easily won re-election. But in 2010, it was a much, much closer contest. And although he had previously worked mostly for Democrats, Trichter actually worked for DiNapoli's Republican opponent that year, Harry Wilson. Trichter joins us from New York City to explain why he decided to go from adviser to candidate.  See video




Trichter for New York

Public Finance Expert, Jonathan Trichter, Announces Candidacy for New York State Comptroller

Registered Democrat Has Support of Leadership in the NYS GOP & Conservative Party – Will Seek Wilson Pakula

New York, NY—April 10…Jonathan Trichter has officially announced his candidacy for New York State Comptroller with the release of an introductory campaign video posted to Facebook here.  


  BY  KENNETH LOVETT     NEW YORK DAILY NEWS   Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4:25 PM



Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4:25 PM



ALBANY — A one-time Democratic operative who once worked for Eliot Spitzer is preparing to run for state controller on the Republican and conservative lines.

Jonathan Trichter, a registered Democrat, also hinted he might try to challenge incumbent Controller Thomas DiNapoli in a Democratic primary.

"I thought hard about who would make a good candidate for comptroller in 2018 under the theory the incumbent is not up to scratch and that he is particularly vulnerable on the issues," Trichter said. "I couldn't come up with anyone better than me." ...MORE


 By Robert Harding  Mar 7, 2018

By Robert Harding

Mar 7, 2018

Jonathan Trichter preparing to challenge NY Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

Jonathan Trichter assisted Harry Wilson when the latter nearly defeated state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in 2010. Eight years later, Trichter is preparing to launch his own bid to become the state's chief financial officer. 

Trichter confirmed in an interview with The Citizen Tuesday that he is set to launch a campaign for state comptroller. He will seek the Republican nomination to challenge DiNapoli, an incumbent Democrat...MORE

  HUFFINGTON POST - THE BLOG     By Josh Rudolph and Jonathan Trichter    08/07/2012 05:58 pm ET


By Josh Rudolph and Jonathan Trichter

08/07/2012 05:58 pm ET

How the GASB’s New Pension Standards Could Make Things Worse

The underfunding of state and local public pensions in the U.S. is around $4 trillion. That amounts to the largest local fiscal crisis facing our nation. The cost ultimately will dwarf that of TARP, the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout, the S&L bailout, or any other recent American financial crisis...MORE

  By Jonathan Trichter    Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:14 PM

By Jonathan Trichter

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:14 PM

Why Cuomo's proposed SALT fix is dead on arrival: There's one enormous reason he can't restructure N.Y.'s personal income tax

In the wake of an overhaul by President Trump and congressional Republicans, Gov. Cuomo is designing a workaround for New Yorkers who face an increase in their federal taxes. The scheme would have employees pay less in state personal income taxes, which are no longer fully deductible at the federal level, while employers will pay more in payroll taxes, which are exempt...MORE

  Contact: Kerri Lyon    10/4/2013

Contact: Kerri Lyon


SAVE OUR STATES: A Full Analysis of the All-In Funding Costs for District Public Schools and Charter Schools

October 4, 2013 (New York, NY) - A study released today by municipal finance experts Harry Wilson and Jonathan Trichter of the nonpartisan group “Save Our States,” shows what the New York City Independent Budget Office would have found, had its comparisons of charter and district school resources estimated the cost of retirement benefits using more responsible assumptions...MORE




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