New York City Public Administrators

Implementation of the Administrative Board's Guidelines

When a person dies and there is no one to administer the estate, the estate is handled by a public administrator. In most counties, this role is performed by the county's chief fiscal officer; in the five counties of New York City, as well as certain other large counties, this role is performed by a full-time public administrator. The activities of the public administrators in New York City should be consistent with guidelines developed by the Administrative Board for the Offices of the Public Administrators. We examined the appropriateness of these guidelines as well as the extent to which the activities of the public administrators complied with the guidelines in four of the five counties of New York City (all except Kings County). We found that the activities of these public administrators complied in many ways with the guidelines. However, compliance can be improved in the areas of recordkeeping, cash management, the selection of outside vendors and certain other administrative functions. We also identified modifications that can be made to the guidelines.

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