antonacciOnondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci is, so far, the only candidate to have participated in a statewide public financing system.

It didn’t work out the way he hoped: The Republican lost to incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli and failed to qualify for matching funds.

Despite the experience, Antonacci more or less embraced the findings of a seven-page report released this week by the Board of Elections assessing the one-year only program that was in place last year for the comptroller’s race.

In short, the report found the Board of Elections needed more time to implement the system than introducing it in the middle of an election cycle.

“I have no problem with saying there should be a longer lead in than obviously six months,” Antonacci said. “I’m still a fan of the idea.”

Good-government advocates have said the report essentially backs up what they said last year: The program approved in the budget was destined to fail.

Antonacci did disagree with the recommendation that statewide candidates qualify for the program by a July 15 deadline, however, saying that they would likely need more time to meet the threshold for matching funds.

“I think Sept. 1 is a better deadline,” he said

Antonacci launched his campaign in the weeks after state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to a compromise in the state budget that created the system, which at the time was referred to as a “pilot” for statewide public financing.

“There’s probably not a better office to lend itself to taxpayer financed races than the comptroller’s race,” Antonacci said. “I think from the comptroller’s standpoint is a good idea. It takes some of the special interest money off the table.”

Still, Antonacci did quibble with the findings that suggested he didn’t raise contributions from more than 2,000 donors. He did, but but did not have to disclose those who gave less than $100.

Antonacci, meanwhile, is running for re-election on the county level and does not plan to run again for statewide office.

“I’m proud of my record here, but I don’t see a run for a statewide office on the horizon,” he said.