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Oct 11, 2018

Caution flags aplenty for the MTA

Newsday

How’s the Metropolitan Transportation Authority doing? Pretty poorly, says state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. And MTA officials don’t really disagree.

Oct 10, 2018

MTA facing toughest financial challenge in decades: report

New York Daily News

The state’s top accountant said the MTA’s finances are at risk of going off the rails. A review of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s books by state Controller Tom DiNapoli noted upcoming budget deficits over $1 billion, a planned fare hike and a credit downgrade that could make borrowing more expensive.

Oct 10, 2018

$616 Million In Unclaimed Money Owed To Long Islanders

Syosset Patch

The State of New York is safeguarding nearly $5.1 billion in unclaimed cash belonging to more than 8 million New Yorkers as of September 2018, and State Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging owners to take steps to retrieve it.

Oct 10, 2018

State: Ballston Spa leaders failed to act on treasurer's failings

The Daily Gazette

BALLSTON SPA -- The village's former treasurer, Christopher Hickey, for years failed to file mandatory financial reports and village leaders failed to remedy the situation, according to an audit released Wednesday by the Office of the State Comptroller.

Oct 2, 2018

Editorial: Robocalls need attention

Times Union

The state failed for two years to vigorously enforce the "Do Not Call" law. As the problem of predatory telemarketers and scammers grows exponentially, New York can't skimp on consumer protection. You can report those annoying telemarketer calls that pester you even when your number is on the "Do Not Call" registry. Just don't expect New York to do anything about it. In 2016 and 2017, when New Yorkers filed more than 800,000 complaints with the Federal Trade Commission, New York's Division of Consumer Protection referred only two cases for enforcement action, according to an audit by the office of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Oct 1, 2018

NY disability agency gets 270 school zone speeding tickets

News 10 WHEC

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state agency that cares for the disabled racked up hundreds of traffic tickets, including running red lights and speeding through school zones, according to an audit released Monday.

Sep 30, 2018

Editorial: Keep developers honest

Times Union

A state audit found that an Albany agency could do a better job of holding developers who receive tax incentives accountable.

Sep 28, 2018

State audit says Albany IDA should measure goals for tax exemptions

Albany Business Review

The city of Albany industrial development agency should make sure it has measurable goals for the projects it grants tax exemptions to, an audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office recommended.

Sep 28, 2018

Unemployment insurance cheaters got off lightly, audit claims

Times Union

ALBANY — Hundreds of people who cheated the state out of unemployment insurance checks got off easy because of an investigations backlog at the state Labor Department, according to a Comptroller's audit of the program released Thursday.

Sep 28, 2018

Trouble with the 'Do Not Call' registry? Join the club

Democrat & Chronicle

ALBANY - Complaints about New York's Do Not Call registry doubled since 2014, but the state only took action on two of those complaints, an audit released Friday found. New Yorkers have logged a whopping 450,000 complaints a year about the registry, largely because they still were receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls despite being on the registry, the state Comptroller's Office audit found.

Sep 28, 2018

Comptroller: Albany was provided generous tax breaks

Times Union

ALBANY — The city's economic development arm has routinely gone well beyond its set limits for providing tax breaks to developers, and in some cases did not provide the data needed to back up those decisions, says a state Comptroller's audit of the City of Albany Industrial Development Agency.

Sep 26, 2018

OUR VIEW: Focus on farming must remain sharp

Observer-Dispatch

How many times do we need to be tapped on the shoulder before we turn around to see who’s there? That might be a question asked by New York state’s farmers, whose very livelihoods are being threatened on many fronts, ranging from declining milk prices and tariffs on agricultural products to federal policies relating to visas and other immigration programs that have placed restrictions on the migrant workers they depend on for a workforce. And if you ever needed a definition of “trickle-down” economics, look no further than the agricultural industry. When the farmers are hurting, the consumers won’t be far behind. Count on it. Last week, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released a report noting that New York state’s farms generated $4.8 billion in revenue in 2017, with 15 agricultural products ranked in the top five nationwide.

Sep 26, 2018

Job and business growth has reached record levels on Staten Island, report says

Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- From its decreasing unemployment rate to its booming employment sector, Staten Island is benefiting from strong economic growth, according to a new report released Wednesday by the state comptroller’s office.

Sep 24, 2018

Audit: New Yorkers notified of drinking water issues late, or not at all

Times Union

ALBANY — An audit of the state Health Department's drinking water monitoring program found that district and local offices did not always notify the public of drinking water violations in a timely or appropriate fashion. The audit was conducted by the state Comptroller's Office, and covered a more-than four-year period from January 2014 through March 2018.

Sep 24, 2018

NYS comptroller: localities in significant stress grows

The Auburn Citizen

ALBANY , N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says more local governments are under significant fiscal stress.

Sep 23, 2018

‘I’ve done the job, and done it well’

The Evening Tribune

HORNELL — Weathering major storms that included a global recession, serving as a check against corruption in government and growing the state’s pension fund are the pillars Democratic New York State Comptroller is hanging his hat on prior to November’s re-election bid. DiNapoli was appointed comptroller in 2007, and has been successfully re-elected twice. Ask him why he should be elected to a third full term, and it boils down to a single point: “I’ve done the job, and I’ve done it well. What you see is what you get. We’ve gotten strong results.”

Sep 20, 2018

State report: 15 NY crops ranked in top 5 nationwide in 2017

The Post Star

SILVER SPRINGS — The Office of the New York State Comptroller says farms in the Empire State produced 15 agricultural products that ranked in the top five nationwide last year.

Sep 20, 2018

DiNapoli to schools: Do more to fight absenteeism

Times Union

ALBANY - With nearly 19 percent of New York's 2.6 million public school pupils missing 10 or more days a year, school districts and the state Education Department need to do more to fight chronic absenteeism, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Tuesday with the release of an audit that looked at school attendance.

Sep 19, 2018

Audit finds rusty wheelchair, dirty equipment in NY nursing homes

The Post Standard

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A rusty wheelchair and a dust-covered suction machine used to remove airway fluid were among the pieces of poorly maintained medical equipment auditors discovered at 36 nursing homes across New York state. An audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli says the state health department needs to do a better job making sure nursing homes are maintaining and testing medical equipment.

Sep 18, 2018

NY State Comptroller concerned with push to roll back regulations enacted after financial crisis

CNBC

Thomas Dinapoli, the New York State Comptroller, discusses the rising salaries Wall Street bankers are earning.