As Karen DeWitt reported,
DiNapoli's own appointment was controversial, and generated a fight between Governor Eliot Spitzer, and leaders of the legislature. Spitzer had wanted an outsider with auditing experience for the job. The legislature reneged on an earlier agreement with the governor, and chose one of its own for the job. The move led to Spitzer castigating DiNapoli as "unqualified".Less obvious is the public's acceptance of uncertified professionals for most specializations, except, so far, physicians.