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February 2, 2010

DiNapoli’s Office Completes Local Government Audits

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audits: Village of Sloatsburg – Internal Controls Over Purchasing, and Village of Port Henry Follow Up – Internal Controls Over Cash Receipts.

“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 and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver.”

Village of Sloatsburg – Internal Controls Over Purchasing
Although the board adopted a purchasing policy, it is inadequate and village officials did not always adhere to it. The policy did not require the use of competition or provide proper and detailed guidance for village employees when procuring professional services. The policy simply stated that "professional services requiring special or technical skill, training or expertise must be chosen on accountability, reliability, responsibility, education and training, judgment, integrity and moral worth. These qualifications are not necessarily found in the individual or company that offers the lowest price and the nature of the services are such that they do not readily lend themselves to competitive procurement procedures." As a result, village officials paid $50,208 for professional services and $15,387 for goods without seeking competition. For a copy of the audit, click here.

Village of Port Henry – Internal Controls Over Cash Receipts
Of the 11 audit recommendations included in the original report, nine recommendations were fully implemented and two recommendations were partially implemented. For a copy of the audit, click here.

Click on the links above to view the audits. If you have any questions or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s office regarding these audits, please call the Press Office at 518-474-4015, or send an email.


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