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September 29, 2023

Municipal and School Audits released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

On September 29, 2023, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the following local government and school audits were issued.

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Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls – Non-Payroll Disbursements (Albany County)

The board and officials did not provide adequate oversight to ensure disbursements were adequately supported, properly approved,  and for a school-related purpose. Without adequate oversight, the board and officials cannot ensure that all disbursements were made as authorized or for an appropriate purpose.

 

City of White Plains – Sexual Harassment Prevention (SHP) Training (Westchester County)

SHP training was provided to employees and elected officials. However, of the 150 total individuals tested (142 selected employees and all eight elected officials), 14 employees and one elected official did not complete the annual training.

 

Germantown Central School District – Payroll (Columbia County)

The district did not have adequate payroll processes to ensure compensation paid to employees was accurate, adequately supported and authorized by the board. For example, district officials did not properly segregate payroll processing duties and did not provide adequate oversight. Auditors identified $41,000 in payroll payments to 12 employees that were either inaccurate or not authorized by the board.

 

Rapids Fire Company – Credit Cards (Niagara County)

Credit card purchases were not always made by authorized users, and 762 purchases totaling $110,938 (97% of the credit card charges made during the audit period) lacked documentation to support the purchases, confirm whether the purchases were received, and determine whether the purchases were for appropriate company purposes.

 

Town of Amherst – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (Erie County)

SHP training was provided to employees and elected officials. However, of the 100 total individuals tested (91 selected employees and all nine elected officials), 67 employees and eight elected officials did not complete the annual training.

 

Town of Rodman – Town Clerk/Tax Collector (Jefferson County)

The clerk accurately recorded, deposited and remitted the collections auditors reviewed. However, the collections were not always deposited or remitted in a timely manner. In addition, the clerk did not prepare bank reconciliations or compare known liabilities to reconciled bank balances and money on hand. As a result, there was an increased risk that collections could have been lost or stolen.

 

Village of Lindenhurst – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (Suffolk County)

None of the village’s 240 total employees and six elected officials were provided SHP training during the 2021 annual training period.

 

Yates County – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

SHP training was provided to employees and elected officials. However, of the 45 total individuals tested (23 selected employees and all 22 elected officials), three elected officials, including the sheriff and two coroners, did not complete the annual training.

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