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 …

Multiple Felony Arrests Stemming from Audits

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Back in June, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli of New York, issued three audits detailing millions of dollars in fraud by private companies that provided special education services to preschool children with learning disabilities. The findings are so serious that a recommendation has been made for the legislature to create a permanent audit division within the comptroller’s office and rethink the way’s …

DiNapoli: Are Industrial Development Agencies Productive?

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The Office of the New York State Comptroller issued in early May an Annual Performance Report on the New York State’s public benefit corporations (Industrial Development Agencies) that were created to facilitate economic development in specific areas by attracting, retaining or expanding businesses. To accomplish this mission these organizations offer financial assistance in the form of tax-exempt debt financing and …

Operational Review of three Economic Development Entities Audit I.D. # 3456 Issued by the Authorities Budget Office -December 20, 2011 Executive Summary:

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In addition to the Schenectady County Dep’t. of Economic Development and the City of Schenectady Dep’t. of Development, seven local authorities have been created for economic development purposes. The audit found the mission statements of all authorities is similar i.e. create jobs and spur development, increase property values, expand the local tax base and increase sales tax revenues. To accomplish …

The great train robbery: An audit of MTA overtime costs

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As I have mentioned in previous columns, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), with over 71,000 employees, is, without question, the most beleaguered, problem prone and costly public authority operating in New York state. To illustrate how ludicrous, absurd, ridiculous, preposterous, nonsensical, comical, farcical, foolish, stupid, and daft things are, I suggest we start by examining how the MTA has managed …