DiNapoli: Special Education Contractor Bilked Taxpayers Out of $2.6 Million
IncludED Educational Services, a Cedarhurst–based provider of special education services, inappropriately charged New York City’s Department of Education and others more than $2.6 million over a two–year period, including more than $850,000 in salaries paid to the sons and other relatives of its executive director, according to an auditreleased Wednesday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The findings have been referred to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
DiNapoli: Auditors Block $1.4 Million in Improper Unemployment Insurance Payments
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli prevented $1.4 million in inappropriate unemployment insurance payments or payment requests by the Department of Labor, including to recipients that were employed, deceased or unauthorized to work in the United States, according to a reportreleased Tuesday. The Comptroller’s Office also found nearly $1 million in improper payments, which had already been paid.
DiNapoli: Local Governments Facing New Fiscal Reality
The Office of the State Comptroller has released a reportentitled New Fiscal Realities Challenge Local Governments, which is now available on our website. This summarizes 60 audit reports released in fiscal year 2011–12 that identified local governments with inaccurate budgeting practices. The report also summarizes 23 budget reviews that OSC completed during the same time period. The report outlines the Comptroller’s commitment to ensuring that local officials develop budgets that provide transparency and accountability to taxpayers. The report can be accessed on the OSC website at http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/pubs/fiscalrealities2012.pdf.
DiNapoli: MTA Gave Apple Inside Advantage For Grand Central Terminal Lease
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) slanted a supposedly competitive process to fill prime retail space in Grand Central Terminal in Apple’s favor, according to an auditissued Monday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Auditors and investigators found that the MTA worked exclusively with Apple behind the scenes on a lease for more than a year before issuing a request for proposals that resulted in only one response — from Apple.
Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Tuesday announced his office completed the following audits: the Town of German; the Town of Hurley; the Town of Ridgeway; Washington County; and, the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department.