Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's Weekly News

For the Week Ending March 2, 2014 

DiNapoli: Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Budget Continues Fiscal Progress

The Executive Budget continues efforts to control costs while tackling tough issues, according to a reportreleased Monday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report also points out that details are lacking on spending changes required for balance in the coming years.

DiNapoli and Schneiderman Announce Arrest in $87K Contractor Theft

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Friday announced the arrestof Department of Health contractor George Dunkel for stealing more than $87,000 by padding bills to pay for hotels, education credits and other expenses.

DiNapoli Audit Finds Problems with Arts Education in NYC Schools

New York City public high school students are not getting the arts education required by state regulations, according to an audit released Friday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli: Local Sales Tax Collections up $739 Million in 2013

Local sales tax collections of $14.9 billion grew by $739 million in 2013, an increase of 5.2 percent from 2012, according to a report issued Thursday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The increase outpaced annual growth rates of 3.3 percent in 2012 and 5 percent in 2011, as well as the 15–year annual average growth of 4.5 percent.

DiNapoli: After–School Provider Misused $194,320 in Public Funds

The SCO Family of Services, a provider of extended school day programs for the State Education Department, submitted $194,320 in reimbursement claims for expenses that were unnecessary, not allowable or unrelated to its programs, according to an audit released Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli Announces State Contract & Payment Actions for January 2014

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Tuesday his office reviewed 2,126 contracts valued at $13.9 billion and approved more than 1.5 million payments worth more than $10 billion in January 2014. His office also rejected 191 contract transactions valued at $348.7 million and 1,735 payments valued at nearly $1.1 million due to fraud, waste or other improprieties.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Tuesday announced his office completed audits of the Town of ClarenceTown of ClarksonVillage of MonticelloOrleans CountyVillage of OxfordTown of Reading;Richmond Fire DistrictRotterdam Princetown No. 5 Fire DistrictTown of ScioTown of Sheridan; and theSnyder Fire District.

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