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May 30, 2012


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audits of Jefferson County, the Village of Lake Grove and the Town of Persia.

“My office's audits of local governments improve their financial management practices," DiNapoli said. "These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver."

Jefferson County – Internal Controls Over Information Technology (2012M-43)
The Board has not adopted IT policies that address the protection of personal, private and sensitive information; password security; remote access; back-up and retention of data; breach notification, and disaster recovery.

Village of Lake Grove – Internal Controls Over Selected Financial Activities (Suffolk County)
Village officials did not always follow competitive bidding laws. The audit also found significant weaknesses in the village court’s internal controls and a lack of oversight of the court’s operations by the village justices and board.

Town of Persia – Town Clerk (Cattaraugus County)
Internal controls over cash receipts in the town clerk’s office were not appropriately designed or operating effectively.  The audit found the town board did not detect or prevent the shortage of approximately $507 in clerk receipts as of October 2011, the shortage of $240 in 2010 tax receipts and the overage of $899 in 2011 tax receipts.



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