The move by the Cuomo administration to limit his office’s pre-audit authority “made no sense” Comptroller Tom DiNapoli told Alan Chartock of WAMC in an interview scheduled to air on Friday and Saturday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had pushed earlier this year to curtail the comptroller’s so-called pre-audit authority for certain contracts, a move that executive chamber officials defended as a streamlining of government bureaucracy.

But DiNapoli was clearly irked at the time over the move and state lawmakers had initially attempted to remove the language from the governor’s state budget proposal without success.

“I don’t think it worked out as well as it should have,” DiNapoli told Chartock in the 25-minute interview for The Capitol Connection show.

While a bit wonky and esoteric, the end to the comptroller’s pre-audit authority for OGS contracts as another example of Cuomo extending the reach of the governor’s office, an already powerful position compared to other states.

DiNapoli told Chartock that he hoped next year wouldn’t bring further erosion to his office’s responsibilities.

“I really think everyone understands in this era where resources are so precious a priority must be placed on accountability and checks and balances and that ability of the comptroller’s office to provide that kind of oversight has been there for many decades,” DiNapoli said. “In this era where we’re all concerned about fiscal responsibility it made no sense to take it away and I certainly hope that as we go into next year we don’t see further encroachments into this office.”

He added, “I hope more people pay attention if similar proposals are made in the future.”

The Cuomo-DiNapoli dynamic is one that has been closely watched over the last 18 months.

As attorney general Cuomo investigated the pay-to-play pension fund scandal that engulfed the comptroller’s office and sent DiNapoli’s predecessor Alan Hevesi to jail, along with Hevesi political advisor Hank Morris.

Cuomo issued a statement in the summer of 2010 that DiNapoli had no involvement in the scandal, but nevertheless declined to endorse him for a full term in 2010.

DiNapoli managed to squeak out a narrow victory against Republican hedge-fund manager Harry Wilson.

Ever since, DiNapoli has talked up the “independence” the comptroller’s office provides, which also serves to separate his work from the Legislature. After Hevesi resigned following an unrelated scandal over his wife’s taxpayer-funded driver, the Democratic-led Assembly provided the necessary votes to make DiNapoli comptroller.

Chartock asked DiNapoli if his relationship with the governor had improved at all.

“As I’ve always said when people ask the ask the question, as comptroller my responsibility is to be an independent voice and I take that responsibility very seriously,” he said.

And the comptroller asserted that there’s a natural “friction” between the two offices.

“We’re doing our job, he’s doing is and I think New York is in a better place than it was before,” he said.

DiNapoli did praise Cuomo for enacting the state health-insurance exchange via executive order after Senate Republicans balked at what they considered to be a rubber stamping of “Obamacare.”

“I think the governor did very much the right thing in having New York not wait for a political agreement involving that,” he said. “I think it was clear Republicans were not going to do that in a presidential election year.”

Update: H/t to Jon Campbell, who highlights this at the end:

DiNapoli steered clear of saying whether he vote for Cuomo should he run for president in 2016.

“I’m going to write in Chartock, that’s what I’m going to do.”

The full interview airs Friday at 10:30 pm and Saturday at 1 p.m.