This is why you should always do research on a new job before you apply.
The query, posed out of simple curiosity, caused Weprin, currently a Queens City council member to reply, "Good question."
When Weprin couldn't come up with a figure, the board decided to ask the other three comptroller candidates.
"I forgot what the figure was," replied Melinda Katz, also a Queens City Council member.
For those playing along at home, the budget was $70 million last year, and has been cut to about $66 million for the current fiscal year, according to the News.
Queens Councilman John Liu got it nearly exactly right when he replied "[It] is around $70 million, a little less. It lost a few million." Today, Liu got a boost from the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA), who announced their endorsement of his candidacy.
Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky was also on target when he responded "It's about ...$60 million, $65 million."
Katz and Weprin defended their lack of knowledge saying leadership is about courage and not numbers, or some such thing.
Liu's campaign responded that any candidate should have "a full understanding" of the comptroller's office.