Selected reports and information published by New York State's Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli during the week ending July 29, 2017
New York state is facing signs of increasing fiscal challenges, including lower revenue targets and possible federal budget and tax changes, according to a report on the state's Enacted Budget Financial Plan issued by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Audit Finds More Than $16 Million in Medicaid Cost Savings
New York state's Medicaid system could have saved up to $13.6 million it spent on patients with severe kidney disease whose expenses could have been covered by the federal Medicare program, according to an audit by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Auditors also found another $3 million in cost savings. About $1.8 million of the overpayments were recovered before the close of the audit as a result of actions taken by DiNapoli's auditors.
Audit Recommends Better Protections for Child Performers
The state Department of Labor is falling short in enforcing New York’s laws to protect child performers, according to an audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. State auditors found shortfalls with how work permits were given to children and employers, inadequate monitoring of work conditions, and insufficient enforcement of requirements to set aside some of the children’s earnings in a trust.
DiNapoli and Orange County DA Hoovler Announce Guilty Plea in Newburgh Embezzlement Case
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that John Aber, 49, of Staten Island, pleaded guilty before Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill to grand larceny in the fourth degree for having stolen money while he was the comptroller of the city of Newburgh. At the time he pleaded guilty, Aber admitted that between August 2013 and December 2016 he used his position as city comptroller to steal money collected from boat-launch fees in the city of Newburgh.
State Tax Collections Lagging Last Year by $1.2 Billion
State tax collections totaled $18.6 billion in the first quarter of the new fiscal year, $1.2 billion less than the same period last year and $315.7 million below projections, according to the state cash report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.