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Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

January 10, 2020

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the following local government audits have been issued.

Village of Cobleskill – Misappropriated Funds and Board Oversight (Schoharie County)
The board failed to implement proper internal controls and the former clerk-treasurer did not adequately perform her duties. As a result, the former clerk-treasurer received inappropriate payments totaling $8,828.

City of Middletown – Information Technology (Orange County)
City officials did not develop adequate information technology policies or procedures. Auditors found 70 user accounts have not been used in the last six months. In addition, 19 of these accounts were never used and one account was last used to log on to the network more than nine years ago.

Pocatella Fire District – Audit Follow-Up (Orange County)
This follow-up audit assessed the fire district’s progress in implementing recommendations made by auditors in a January 2017 audit. Of the nine audit recommendations auditors made, two were implemented, two were partially implemented and five recommendations were not.

Yates County Industrial Development Agency (YCIDA) – Receipts and Disbursements
Auditors did not find any significant errors in how cash receipts and disbursements were recorded and reported but they did identify weaknesses. Among the weaknesses auditors found, the board did not require pre-numbered duplicate receipts or cancelled checks for accounting records and reports. They also found a privately contracted payroll vendor has access to the YCIDA’s bank account to withdraw funds for payroll and processing fees.

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