State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli sent out a holiday greeting to supporters today, thanking them for their support in what turned out to be a very close election against his GOP opponent, newcomer Harry Wilson.

In the message, DiNapoli discusses how a new year “holds great promise for a new beginning.”

He’s already taking that to heart as he prepares to start his first four-year term, adopting a get-tough approach with his former legislative colleagues by changing his stance on pensions for lawmakers found guilty of felony offenses and also shaking up his senior staff.

DiNapoli and Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo weren’t exactly allies during the campaign, although Cumo did clear the comptroller of wrongdoing in his pay-to-play pension fund probe in the weeks heading into the general election.

He did not, however, campaign with DiNapoli, preferring to help pull his successor, AG-elect Eric Schneiderman, across the finish line. And Cuomo has made it clear he would like to change the sole trusteeship of the pension fund to a board-run system – something DiNapoli opposes.

All that should make for an interesting year, particularly since the comptroller’s office is charged with auditing executive agencies.

Here’s the text of DiNapoli’s message:

Dear Friends,

The holiday season is a special time and I wanted to wish you and your family joy, health and happiness as you celebrate over these coming days.

I am especially grateful for all the loyalty and goodwill that you have shown me this past year and I know that with your continued support, we can make 2011 the starting point for a new and better future for New York’s families.

The new year holds great promise for a new beginning. You can rest assured that I will be working extraordinarily hard in the coming months to deal with the important issues that confront our State.

For now, I wish all of you and your families the best during this holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.

Your friend,
Tom DiNapoli