Saturday, May 16, 2015

Selected reports and information published by New York State's Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli during the week ending May 16, 2015



Selected reports and information published by New York State's Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli during the week ending May 16, 2015
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Comptroller Di Napoli releases municipal audit reports for:

Carthage-West Carthage Water Pollution Control Facility
Both the clerk-treasurer and her deputy were able to perform all cash disbursement functions and have full access rights to record financial transactions in the accounting system with no oversight. Facility officials did not review bank reconciliations and bank statements and a comparison of canceled check images and online payments with approved abstracts.
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/jointacts/2015/carthagewestcarthage.pdf?utm_source=weeklynews20150517&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=051315release

City of Long Beach
The significant revenue and expenditure projections in the proposed budget appear reasonable. The proposed budget, however, includes revenue related to the sale of real property and federal aid which may not be realized. In addition, appropriations for overtime may not be sufficient. Finally, metered water sales and sewer rents include a 2 percent rate increase which has not yet been adopted by the city council. The city’s proposed budget complies with the property tax levy limit. 
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/cities/2015/longbeach_br.pdf?utm_source=weeklynews20150517&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=051315release
 
Oneida Public Library District
The board did not audit each claim before payment or provide oversight of disbursements related to the district’s line of credit, payroll or petty cash. Additionally, no district official reviewed the processed payroll reports before disbursing payroll checks.
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/libraries/2015/oneida.pdf?utm_source=weeklynews20150517&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=051315release

Village of Quogue
The justices did not ensure that court moneys were accounted for. The court did not properly prepare bank reconciliations or prepare an accountability analysis, resulting in excess funds in bail and fee accounts which could not be accounted for.
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/villages/2015/quoguejc.pdf?utm_source=weeklynews20150517&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=051315release

and the

Shelby Volunteer Fire Company
The board does not ensure that all financial activity is properly recorded and reported and that money is properly accounted for. In addition, between April and November 2013, the fire company paid $10,714 to a vendor that was owned by the company president. 
 http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/firedists/2015/shelby.pdf?utm_source=weeklynews20150517&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=051315release 


Comptroller and Attorney General report former Executive Director of a nonprofit organization sentenced
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman jointly announced that David Cohen, former executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council), has been sentenced to one year in jail. Cohen has also paid $650,000 in restitution to the Met Council. The joint investigation revealed that Cohen, together with former Met Council CEO William Rapfogel and other co-conspirators, stole approximately $9 million from the taxpayer-funded nonprofit organization as part of a 20-year grand larceny and kickback scheme. Cohen personally stole approximately $650,000 from the Met Council.
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/may15/051115.htm?utm_source=weeklynews20150517&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=051115release 

Audit of Empire State Development Corporation reveals advertising contract produced few “tangible results”
The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) spent $211 million on an advertising contract to promote economic development and tourism in New York state with no tangible results, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.



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