NEWBURGH - Interim City Manager James A. Slaughter has named John J. Aber as City of Newburgh Comptroller. His first day was August 28, 2013. Mr. Aber earned an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Accounting from St. John’s University, a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Economics from the College of Staten Island and a Certificate in Executive Management from Baruch College. He has more than 23 years of experience with the City of New York, including 16 years of managerial experience.
He began his career as an Assistant Accountant for the New York City Department of Corrections. After building several staffing and overtime models, he was promoted to Mayor Guiliani’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He moved up the ranks from Sr. Budget Analyst to Management, and by the time he left OMB, he was managing the budget for the New York City Police Department, the Public Administrators’ and the District Attorney’s offices.
After leaving OMB, he became Sr. Assistant Budget Director for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). He was promoted to Deputy Director and then Financial Manager for Operations. As Financial Manager for Operations he was responsible for overseeing, budgeting, procurement, accounts payable, accounts receivable, contract management and grant management. He spent 10 years with NYCHA then was hired as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. As CFO, he oversaw all financial aspects of the agency including budgeting, procurement, accounts payable, accounts receivable, contract management grant management and collections.
Mr. Aber commented, "My wife Jennifer and I have always loved the Hudson Valley and when I saw the posting for the City Comptroller I immediately applied for the position. As the new Comptroller, I am anxious to work with the City Manager, the Mayor and the City Council to help bring financial stability to the City. My first goal as Comptroller is to assist the City Manager to prepare and present a balanced 2014 budget to the Mayor and City Council."
Interim City Manager James A. Slaughter stated, "John Aber’s extensive background in municipal finances with the City of New York well prepares him to deal with the fiscal challenges that face the City of Newburgh. I am pleased to have him on board as Comptroller."