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September 1, 2009

 

DiNapoli's Office Completes Local Government Audit

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the Town of North Hudson Justice Court.

“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.”

Town of North Hudson Justice Court
Auditors found weaknesses in recordkeeping, the timely deposit of collections, and in the preparation of monthly reconciliations and accountability analyses of the court’s financial records. These weaknesses prevented town justices from properly safeguarding court assets and contributed to an environment that allowed cash shortages to occur and not be detected in a timely manner. Auditors identified a cash shortage of $2,225 in Justice Duntley’s account. The audit also disclosed that the town and justices did not have adequately designed policies and procedures in place to manage records in their care. They did not secure physical court records or records stored in the electronic case management system.

Click here for a copy of the audit.

If you have any questions or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s office regarding this audit, please call 518-474-4015.

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