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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Ulster County – Court and Trust Funds (2014M-352)

Released: December 24, 2014 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to examine controls over the County’s court and trust funds for the period January 1, 2013 through January 1, 2014.


Pursuant to a court order, certain assets may be provided to the court and then delivered to the County Commissioner of Finance for safekeeping, such as surplus moneys from foreclosures and contract disputes resulting in a mechanic’s lien. Additionally, in certain circumstance, funds from estates are entrusted to the Commissioner for safekeeping by order of the Surrogate’s Court.

Key Finding

  • The Surrogate’s Court Clerk did not keep a court and trust fund register.

Key Recommendation

  • Ensure that all court and trust fund actions are entered into a court and trust fund register.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236