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August 6, 2008

 

State Comptroller DiNapoli Statement on Thruway Authority Improperly Paying Health Benefits For Board Members

State Audit (2008-S-50) Found Thruway Authority Improperly Paid

Health Insurance Premiums for Five Board Members

“My auditors found the Thruway Authority improperly paid health insurance premiums for its board members,” DiNapoli said. “This is an improper use of taxpayer dollars and my auditors immediately told the Thruway Authority to stop this practice, which it did. This is just one more example of the need for the Thruway Authority to look at its own finances first before it hits up the public for more money.”

DiNapoli’s office released an audit today that found the Thruway Authority inappropriately paid health insurance premiums for its uncompensated board members. The Authority paid health insurance premiums, totaling $51,667, for four current uncompensated board members and one former uncompensated board member. The Thruway Authority has since changed its policy.

Click here for a copy of the audit.

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