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October 29, 2009

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Division of Housing and Community Renewal:Tenant Selection Practices at Rochdale Village (Follow-Up Report) (2009-F-22)
Many of New York’s publicly financed housing developments are owned by private housing companies, such as Rochdale Village, Inc., which owns 5,860 cooperative apartments in Queens. In a prior audit, auditors examined Rochdale’s tenant selection practices and found that many of the practices did not comply with requirements. For example, some tenants were selected out of order and allowed to bypass others on the waiting list, some of the selected tenants were not even on the waiting list, some tenants were living in apartments without the proper authorization, and some tenants were living rent-free in apartments reported as vacant. Auditors also determined that DHCR was not effectively monitoring Rochdale’s waiting lists and tenant selection practices to ensure that apartments were allocated in a fair and equitable manner. Auditors recommended that DHCR strengthen its oversight, and when they followed up on these matters, they found that DHCR had made significant progress in implementing the recommendations.

State University of New York: Educational Opportunity Program (Follow-Up Report) (2009-F-26)
In its Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the State University of New York (SUNY) provides tutoring, counseling, tuition-support and financial assistance to economically and academically disadvantaged students. Previously, auditors examined the use of EOP funds at four selected SUNY campuses and found that three of the campuses did not always use the funds in accordance with requirements. For example, during the two years covered by the audit, a counselor at one of the campuses was paid $93,182 to work with EOP students. However, there was little documentation to support the counselor’s work activities and indications the counselor may not have worked all the time that was claimed. Auditors identified a total of $636,117 in questionable EOP expenditures at the three campuses, and recommended SUNY System Administration improve its monitoring of EOP activities at these and other campuses. When auditors followed up on these matters with SUNY officials, they found that all the audit recommendations had been implemented.

State Government Accountability
The Office of the State Comptroller regularly audits state agencies, public authorities and New York City agencies. Auditors ensure that programs achieve their established goals, funds are used efficiently and assets are adequately protected against fraud, waste and abuse. DiNapoli’s office completes approximately 200 state audits and annually identifies hundreds of millions in savings and fraud each year.


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