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Recent Examples of comptroller from the Web
But when the mayor was allowed three appointments in 2013, that made six of the 11 members political appointees (three had always been appointed by the chairman of the Common Council and the original seventh was the city comptroller).
In New York City, for example, with more than 52,000 listings, Airbnb critics, including the city comptroller’s office, have argued that the company has forced rents and home prices to climb at a time when affordable housing is already unattainable.
That same year, Israel's state comptroller criticized Netanyahu's spending as excessive, criticizing his expenses for food, cleaning and clothing.
There are no primaries for comptroller or attorney general, as only the incumbents and one Republican each filed for those offices.
Under the deal, misterb&b will pay the tax to the comptroller’s office on behalf of customers.
There also are several statewide posts up for election, including governor, lieutenant governor, land commissioner, attorney general and comptroller.
Those and other figures were compiled in an annual report prepared by D. Clark Partridge, the state's comptroller within the Department of Administration.
Gerard, who always insisted that the Basquiats had been an elite family in Haiti, obtained a night-school degree in accounting and eventually became the comptroller for the Macmillan publishing company.
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Did You Know?
If you think "comptroller" looks like a mistaken spelling of "controller," you're partially right. Today, "comptroller" is an established word that shares one of its meanings (sense 3) with "controller." The term did originate as a misspelling, however. Around the 15th century, Middle English speakers altered the spelling of "conterroller" (meaning "controller," from the Middle French contrerolleur) under the influence of the Middle French word compte ("account"). The resulting word, "comptroller," has attracted criticism over the years. Grammarian Henry Fowler condemned "comptroller" as "not merely archaic, but erroneous" in 1920, and a lexicographical column from 1931 agreed that "comptroller" is "erroneous and should not be accepted as correct." Nevertheless, such modern institutions as colleges and governments continue to have comptrollers. "Comptrollership" occasionally turns up as well.
COMPTROLLER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comptroller for English Language Learners
: a person who is in charge of the financial accounts of a company or organization
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