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DiNapoli: NYC’s Restaurant, Retail and Recreation Sectors Continue to Struggle During Pandemic

New York City’s restaurant, retail and recreation (RRR) sectors continued to struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic, even before the latest surge in cases, with 169,700 fewer jobs in November than from two years ago, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The losses accounted for 41% of total private sector jobs lost in the city during the pandemic.

Middletown Employee Charged With Theft

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler and the New York State Police announced the arrest of Thomas McKelevey, 70, of Middletown for allegedly stealing nearly $90,000 from the City of Middletown by claiming overlapping hours on his time sheets when he worked for both the City of Middletown and the Town of Crawford from 2012 to 2019. In addition to allegedly defrauding the municipalities, McKelvey’s deception allowed him to falsely inflate his retirement benefit and defraud the pension system in excess of $5,000.

State Contract and Payment Actions in November

In November, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,460 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2.5 billion and approved nearly 2.3 million payments worth more than $10.5 billion. The Office rejected 119 contracts and related transactions valued at $160.8 million and nearly 5,700 payments valued at more than $8.3 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: Former Village of Bemus Point Clerk-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Village Funds

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt and Chautauqua County Sheriff James B. Quattrone today announced that former clerk-treasurer of the village of Bemus Point, Jennifer Jaegar, pleaded guilty to the theft of more than $58,000 in village funds.

Jaeger, 39, of Bemus Point, admitted that from 2015 to 2020 she wrote village checks to herself using forged signatures of officials and had village officials sign blank checks, which she then cashed.

DiNapoli: NYC Forecasts $965 Million Surplus Fueled by Federal Aid

New York City forecasts a surplus of $965 million in the fiscal year ending in June 2022 (FY 2022), based largely on the receipt of $750 million in unrestricted federal aid, and projects outyear gaps to drop by nearly a third from earlier estimates, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli: Local Sales Tax Collections Up More Than 17% in November

Statewide local sales tax collections grew by 17.5% in November compared to the same month in 2020, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today. Overall, local collections totaled almost $1.6 billion, up $235 million from November of last year. Collections for the month were also notably robust when compared to pre-pandemic levels, up 9.2% (or $133 million) from November of 2019.

DiNapoli Releases Economic Report on Greater Flushing Area

Flushing, and the surrounding neighborhoods that make up the greater Flushing area, enjoyed outsized employment and business growth from 2000 until Queens became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health and economic crises created by the pandemic highlighted ongoing challenges for recovery, but key positive indicators such as job recovery are reasons for optimism, according to an economic analysis released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.