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DiNapoli: Public Must Be Alerted to Sewer Overflow Problems

At least 20 percent of the publicly owned sewer systems in New York state were not reporting overflow events or registered with the electronic notification system (NY-Alert) that tracks those events, potentially putting the public at risk, according to an audit of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli: MTA Faces Worst Financial Crisis in History

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is facing the greatest crisis in its long history, with few viable options without federal funding to avoid cuts in service and staff, additional fare hikes and long-lasting damage that could impair regional transit for decades, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s annual report on the MTA’s finances.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on the Passing of Former Senator Joe Bruno

"New York lost an icon today with the passing of Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. The senator served his community for over three decades, the last fourteen as majority leader where he led the state through difficult times. A tough negotiator and straight-talker, he was also beloved by so many for his kindness and great sense of humor. He was dedicated to the Capital Region and always 100 percent behind efforts to position this area for a better future. I send my condolences to Joe’s family and his many friends from across the state of New York."

State Comptroller DiNapoli and Rockland District Attorney Walsh Announce Guilty Pleas of Middletown Resident for Larceny

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced that Ricardy Cesar, 54, of Middletown, N.Y., pleaded guilty in Rockland County Court before Judge Larry J. Schwartz to petit larceny for stealing nearly $4,000 from the New York State & Local Retirement System (NYSLRS).

Cesar was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge and 75 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay back the money.

DiNapoli: Pandemic Hit to Sales Tax Revenue Threatening Fiscal Health of Local Governments

New York’s municipalities collected nearly $17 billion in sales tax revenue in 2019, representing 9.7 percent of all local government revenue, according to a comprehensive report on local sales tax released today by State Comptroller DiNapoli. Every county and city in the state, along with many towns and villages, depend on these funds to pay for essential services and operations, revealing the statewide impact of the revenue losses from the pandemic.