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NEWS from the Office of the New York State Comptroller
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DiNapoli Urges NYC to Shore Up Rainy-Day Fund

In a report released today, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli urged New York City officials to better prepare for financial downturns by evaluating the city’s rainy-day reserve fund, establishing targets for how much should go into the fund each year and setting the conditions for withdrawals. His report found the city’s reserve policies are not as robust as other large U.S.

NYS Comptroller DiNapoli and the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado Statements on Proposed Settlement of Boeing Lawsuit

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA) issued the following statements today regarding the proposed settlement of their derivative lawsuit against the directors of The Boeing Company. State Comptroller DiNapoli, as trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, and the FPPA were appointed co-lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

State Comptroller DiNapoli and Orange County District Attorney Hoovler Announce Guilty Plea in Bethel Tax Collector Pension Fraud Case

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler today announced that former Town of Bethel Tax Collector Debra Gabriel, of Bethel, pleaded guilty before Judge Peter Feinberg in the Town of Rockland Justice Court to Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, in connection with a scheme to defraud the New York State and Local Retirement System. Gabriel, 62, had resigned her public office and retired in August 2020.

State Contract and Payment Actions in September

In September, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,515 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2.4 billion and approved nearly 5.4 million payments worth almost $15.4 billion. The office rejected 153 contracts and related transactions valued at $215.5 million and more than 111,100 payments valued at nearly $65 million, primarily for mistakes, insufficient support for charges, and improper payments. More information on these contracts and payments is available at www.openbooknewyork.com.

DiNapoli: Local Sales Tax Collections Up 20% in Third Quarter

Local sales tax collections totaled $5.2 billion in the third quarter (July-September of 2021), up $861 million (20%) from the same period last year and continuing the trend of exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to a report released today from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli: Wall St. 2021 Profits near Record Levels

Wall Street’s run of prosperity extended into the first half of 2021 with $31 billion in pre-tax earnings, beating 2020’s outsized first half profits of $27.6 billion, even as job losses accelerated in New York City’s securities industry, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s annual report on Wall St.’s performance.

DiNapoli: ESD Falls Short in Evaluation of Nearly $2 Billion of Economic Development Programs

Empire State Development (ESD), the public authority responsible for administering many of New York state’s economic development programs, has failed to fully evaluate most of its programs to determine if they are boosting the state’s economy and promoting promised job and business growth, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli: State Tax Receipts Exceed Initial Projections By $7.2 Billion Through First Six Months

State tax receipts in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 exceeded the Enacted Budget Financial Plan forecast (May estimates) by $7.2 billion through the end of September, according to the monthly State Cash Report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Tax collections were $1.8 billion greater than forecast by the Division of the Budget (DOB) in the First Quarter Update to the Financial Plan, released last month. Tax receipts through September 30th are $13.4 billion greater than they were through the same month in SFY 2020-21.