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DiNapoli: Syracuse City School District Teacher Pleads Guilty in Time Theft Scheme

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and the Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced today that Jason Cecile of the Syracuse City School District’s (SCSD) After-School Twilight Program pleaded guilty to corrupting the government in the 3rd Degree, in connection with submitting false timecards to SCSD. As part of the plea, Cecile also agreed to resign from his employment at SCSD. This investigation was the result of the coordinated efforts of the New York State Comptroller’s Office and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office.

DiNapoli: Chipotle Needs to Address Concerns Over Racial Equity and Inclusion

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today released a statement on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) to fellow Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. shareholders in advance of the company’s annual meeting on May 18 seeking their support for the Fund’s shareholder proposal calling for an independent audit of the company’s practices related to civil rights, racial equity, diversity and inclusion, and how these affect the company’s business.

State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the following local government audits were issued.

City of Amsterdam – Budget Review (Montgomery County)

City officials did not implement all recommendations in the previous budget review letter when preparing the 2022-23 proposed budget. As a result, certain significant revenue and expenditure projections in the 2022-23 proposed budget continue to be unreasonable.

DiNapoli: Former State Employee Arrested for Falsely Claiming She Never Received $4K Loan Check from New York State and Local Retirement System

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and the New York State Police announced that former New York State Department of Education employee, Shannon Brady, 52, of Albany, was arrested for allegedly falsely claiming to the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) that she never received a $4,055 loan check to get a replacement check in the same amount. Both checks were then cashed separately. This arrest was the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Office of the State Comptroller and the New York State Police.

DiNapoli Releases Analysis of 2022-23 Enacted State Budget

Historic federal aid and better-than-expected revenues allowed for a steep increase in spending in the $220.5 billion enacted state budget for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022-23, according to an analysis released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. While some of the new spending will be temporary, much of the year-over-year growth will be for new initiatives and more funding for existing programs. DiNapoli expressed concerns about the growth in capital spending and debt.

State Contract and Payment Actions in March

In March, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,950 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $3.6 billion and approved nearly 3.7 million payments worth nearly $35.1 billion. The office rejected 147 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.4 billion and more than 9,100 payments valued at more than $30.9 million, primarily for mistakes, insufficient support for charges, and improper payments. More information on these contracts and payments is available at Open Book New York.

DiNapoli: Local Sales Tax Collections Up 21% in First Quarter of 2022

Local government sales tax collections grew by 21.1%, or $901 million, in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Collections for the three-month period totaled nearly $5.2 billion, with growth at least partially driven by inflation, which hit a 40-year-high in March.

New York State Comptroller DiNapoli on NYC Executive Budget

“New York City released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Executive Budget today, totaling $99.7 billion, allocating funds to newly announced agency initiatives and addressing a number of risks in the budget.

"The city’s short-term finances have improved dramatically from budget adoption and still has room to improve before the end of the year.

DiNapoli: Debt Adding to MTA's Financial Pressures With Riders and Fare Revenue Slow to Return

Despite unprecedented federal aid and better-than-expected state tax revenues, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) continues to plan to use borrowing techniques that push difficult financial decisions into the future and could leave less money to pay for services, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s annual report on the MTA’s debt.

DiNapoli Op-Ed in Crain's New York Business

Crain’s New York Business published an op-ed from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today on the need for greater transparency and accountability in budgeting for the use of federal relief funds. The full op-ed is below:

What Are New Yorkers Getting From Federal Covid Relief Funds?

The new state budget reflects robust tax revenue growth and an unprecedented infusion of federal money.