New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

New York's comptroller says Best Buy and Nordstrom have agreed to increasingly use renewable energy in their operations and supply chains.

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New York state's comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents.

County Department Head Pleads Guilty To Stealing Funds

Feb 23, 2016

The former director of the Putnam County Department of Consumer Affairs has pleaded guilty to stealing cash from her department.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The New York State Comptroller is out with an audit that shows the city of Troy's finances are in dire straits, thanks to poor budgeting, the overuse of rainy day funds to fund day-to-day operations, and insufficient funding for capital costs.

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A report issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows sales-tax collections for 2015 dropped in 30 of New York’s 57 counties outside New York City. While two Hudson Valley counties fit this profile, one bucked the trend well beyond its neighbors.

Ulster County had the third highest increase in sales-tax collections outside New York City last year. Brian Butry is a spokesman for the state comptroller.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Wednesday announced an agreement to convert an abandoned gas station in Dutchess County to community green space. The agreement between the New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund, or Oil Spill Fund, Dutchess County and the Town of Hyde Park is to convert an abandoned gas station on Route 9G in the town to green space. The Oil Spill Fund, which is administered by DiNapoli, has paid $500,000 for cleanup and petroleum remediation efforts at the gas station and neighboring properties dating back to 1978.

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently released his annual fiscal stress scores for school districts. A few in the Hudson Valley made the list, in varying degrees.

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The East Ramapo Central School District is the only one in the Mid-Hudson classified by the state comptroller’s office as being in “significant fiscal stress” and the state senator representing the area said something must be done about it.

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is out with his annual fiscal stress scores for school districts, and two in the Hudson Valley show large swings.

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New York ranks as the nation's number 2 state when it comes to money spent on hunting and fishing. That  figure comes from a new analysis released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Tuesday toured a high-tech company in Troy. Apprenda, a software firm whose headquarters are on River Street, has received $1.2 million in investments from the New York State Pension Fund’s in-state private equity investment program. DiNapoli, a Democrat, oversees the state pension fund. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the tour and a push this week for more infrastructure spending.

Problems persist within the long-troubled New York Racing Association’s financial planning operations, according to a recent audit by the office of New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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Wall Street is gaining ground despite recent economic developments, according to a report by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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The Saratoga Springs City School District made headlines twice this week. The district has responded to the arrest of its school board president and a critical audit from the state comptroller’s office.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with his Fiscal Stress Monitoring Report, which grades municipalities based on financial information and environmental data.   The City of Albany is among the localities tagged as under fiscal stress.

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, secession was on the minds of protesters in New York this weekend. Hundreds turned out for a rally in Bainbridge in Chenango County. Many live within miles of the Pennsylvania border and believe secession could have a large economic impact on their communities.

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New York's comptroller says the foreclosure crisis persists in the state, even worsening in some upstate areas.

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The New York pension fund for state and local government workers shows an investment return of less than 1 percent for the last quarter with an estimated value of $182.5 billion.

DiNapoli Not Considering Gubernatorial Run

Jul 31, 2015
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he has no interest in challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a primary in three years, saying he prefers to seek reelection.

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The office of New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says some $606,000 in legal defense fees incurred by ex-Senate Leader Joseph Bruno are unjustified and shouldn't be reimbursed by taxpayers. But - in a letter Wednesday DiNapoli's office said it has approved another $1.8 million for Bruno's legal expenses.

The 86-year-old Rensselaer County Republican was acquitted last year on charges that he took bribes to direct state grants to a businessman. Bruno has sought state reimbursement for $2.4 million of his legal bills.

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NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

A late state budget was once an annual occurrence in Albany, much like the Tulip Festival, but that tradition came to an end when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took office. There have been four on-time budgets since 2011. That streak could be in jeopardy this year as the governor is putting his demands for ethics reform in the state budget. On WAMC's Capitol Connection this week, State Comptroller Democrat Thomas DiNapoli told Alan Chartock what a late budget could mean for the state.

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A review of New York state's main economic development agency says it needs to do more to evaluate whether its programs are helping the economy.

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The New York state Comptroller has designated more than 13 percent of school districts as fiscally stressed. A few districts in the Hudson Valley are on the list.

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli addressed the veto of a Port Authority reform bill by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York on this week's Capitol Connection.

The New York State comptroller says a commission should be set up to evaluate whether New York lawmakers should get a salary increase next year.

The state comptroller says the $5 billion in extra money that New York is reaping from the bank settlements should not be viewed as a surplus, and should not be spent as though there will be more money coming in the future.

NYS Comptroller Reviews Rockland's Prelim Budget

Nov 14, 2014
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The New York state comptroller has reviewed Rockland County’s proposed budget for 2015.

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Troy is wrestling with a proposed $66.1 million spending plan for 2015. The Collar City is trying to keep the books from falling in the red.

The State Comptroller's Office advised the city last Friday that a 2014 budget deficit could lead to the return of a financial control board, which would assume oversight of the city's spending. Officials say such an oversight could occur in 2015 once the city closes its books for 2014.

According to a news release from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the former clerk of the town of Rosendale justice court stole nearly $6,000 in cash from collections without detection.

The findings were uncovered in an audit by the Comptroller’s office.

The clerk, Trudy Harper, was arrested in June and charged by Ulster County District Attorney D. Holley Carnright with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony. Harper is due back in Saugerties Town Court on Dec. 10.

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 An experimental public campaign finance system for the state Comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain the public monies.

The pilot public campaign financing program was limited to just the state Comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.

It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it “cynical.”

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