Summary of Audit completed by the Authorities Budget Office 10/23/17

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Subject: Status of IDA Completed Projects Purpose:              To determine the status of the projects after financial assistance ended and whether the projects achieved the expected results for the assistance granted by IDAs include low interest tax-exempt or taxable bonds, mortgage recording tax exemptions, sales tax exemptions, and real property tax exemptions. Scope:                  403 projects were reported as completed …

Empire State Development Corporation Operates in a Vacuum

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NYS Comptroller Office Audit 2016-S-40, issued May 2017 Executive Summary Purpose: To determine whether Empire State Development (ESD) meets legal and regulatory requirements to report on the outcomes of its programs and initiatives, and whether the resulting reports are complete and timely. The audit covers from April 1, 2012 through September 30, 2016. Background ESD serves as the State’s chief …

Promises Made, Promises Broken

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August 2016 audit by the Office of State Comptroller finds significant deficiencies in planning the execution of the transformation, with little or no evidence that many basic planning steps were performed. Executive Summary Purpose: To determine how effective the recommended  Information Technology Transformation process was to meet mandated requirements. The audit covers the period January 22, 2015 to March 30, …

Police Overtime Audit Report

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Office of the Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Police Overtime Audit Report April 25, 2016 Executive Summary:  Purpose: The purpose of our review was to perform a comparative year to year analysis of NCPD overtime, including the precincts and employees with the largest amount of overtime; determine the reasons for overtime and the validity of the reasons; and analyze NCPD …

Maragos: Police Overtime Audit Reveals Systemic Management Issues

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Mineola, NY: An audit of Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) overtime expenditures revealed systemic issues of under-budgeting, reliance on overly optimistic savings from management initiatives, complex precinct overtime rules and inadequate record keeping technology. These issues have contributed to $96.28 million in higher-than-budgeted overtime costs and $382.27 million in inflated projected savings from attrition from 2009 to 2014, plus $247.58 …

Audit Finding – State paid advertising to promote economic development shows no tangible results

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Audit Report# 2014-S-10, issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli  on May 11th, highlights the ineffectiveness of  state-paid advertising to promote job creation. The agency involved is the Empire State Development Corporation. The advertising, as seen on TV, when our governor was running for office, was called “Open for Business” , and more recently “Startup-NY.” The audit found that during the …

Working two jobs at the same time

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An Office of State Comptroller audit of six state agencies and authorities found a pattern of abuse and poor oversight of employees that hold two or more public jobs, including fraudulently claiming to be working at two places at the same time. Earnings by all workers with two or more state jobs exceed $500 million annually. If even only a …

Village of Rockville Centre – Cash Receipts from Recreational Activities and Information Technology (2013M-63)

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Full report available using following pdf link. Released: May 31, 2013 — [read complete report – pdf] Purpose of Audit The purpose of our audit was to review the Village’s internal controls over cash receipts from recreational activities and information technology for the period June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012. Background The Village of Rockville Centre is located in …

State Comptroller Refers Investigation of Substance Abuse Provider to US Attorney.

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Phoenix Houses Used $223,000 in Taxpayer Money for Executive Perks – April 24, 2013 The objectives of our examination were to determine if the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) properly reimbursed Phoenix Houses of New York, Inc. (PHNY) for gambling and chemical dependency treatment services under contract C003716 and to determine if PHNY claimed only those costs …

Abuse Uncovered at SUNY Research Foundation

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The Office of State Comptroller released on October 22nd an audit report that resulted in the firing of a senior SUNY Research Foundation official at Buffalo State College. Reason, he personally enriched himself over a 48 month period with purchases that were not business related with the knowledge and understanding of what the audit calls “high level officials.” The audit …