Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois announced today that she will be accepting the position of NYS Deputy Comptroller of Local Government & School Accountability (LGSA) under NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli beginning in January 2024. Comptroller Lois has been serving as Dutchess County Comptroller since 2018 after winning her first bid for elected office in 2017. Lois was re-elected in 2021 for her second term continuing as the only Democrat, and woman, holding a non-judicial County-wide seat.

“It has been a privilege to serve the residents of Dutchess County as Comptroller for the past six years. I am proud of the work that my staff and I have done to protect tax dollars and report to the residents of this great County how their government spends its funds,” said Lois.

As Comptroller, Lois is credited with improving the transparency of County government by increasing the quality and quantity of audits, special reports, and regular updates to the community. Lois initiated a “Taxpayer Checkbook” on her website, allowing taxpayers to see which vendors the County does business with and how much they are paid. She has modernized internal processes within the Comptroller’s Office and streamlined how the County pays vendor invoices by increasing the usage of ACH (direct deposit) instead of relying solely upon paper checks.

“I am so thankful to have assembled a strong team in the Comptroller’s Office,” Lois added.“They made going into work enjoyable each day and I know their commitment and diligence will ensure the integrity of the office, and that they will continue to do great work after I am gone.”

Robin Lois is a Certified Public Accountant with over 35 years’ experience in accounting and finance, serving in many roles over her career including public accounting, corporate accounting, small business ownership, and most recently in government.

“I am excited to continue my commitment to public service in this challenging new role,” Lois concluded. “I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Comptroller DiNapoli and his work over the last sixteen years. I am honored to be selected to serve in his administration.”  

The Dutchess County Charter dictates that the Comptroller’s vacancy will be filled by appointment of the County Executive and confirmation of the County Legislature until a special election can be held in November of 2024. A concurrent election in 2025 will be held to fill the new four-year term.

Author: Harlem Valley News