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August 25, 2010



DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of
Town of Newfane


New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Town of Newfane – Internal Controls Over Fringe Benefits and Purchasing.

“My office’s audits of local governments improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars. The Town of Newfane must establish internal controls over employee fringe benefits, and procurement and claims processing, to ensure that they are appropriately designed and operating effectively.”

DiNapoli’s auditors found that certain employees and retirees were provided enhanced health insurance benefits and lump-sum payments that were not in accordance with board-approved provisions.

Further, auditors from DiNapoli’s office noted the town provided over $12,100 of unauthorized or enhanced health insurance benefits and approximately $6,700 of unsupported lump-sum payments to employees and retirees because officials did not properly follow board approved agreements.

Lastly, auditors found that internal controls over procurement were not properly designed or operating effectively. Further, the board did not audit claims as required by statute. Board members rarely reviewed all of the claims and the supporting documentation.

Click here for a full copy of the audit.

If you have any questions, or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s press office regarding this audit, please call 518-474-4015, or send an email to press@osc.state.ny.us.

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