New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Proposal In NY State Budget Tests Public Financing

Mar 31, 2014

Good-government advocates are criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders for a budget agreement to test public campaign financing with the state comptroller race this year.

Thursday afternoon, more than 100 New Yorkers, led by a coalition of environmental activist groups, delivered 11,000 signatures on a petition to the Comptroller’s office in Manhattan, urging Thomas DiNapoli to overhaul pension fund investments. 

New York State officials have announced guilty pleas by former Troy Housing authority employees.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom. DiNapoli announced that William Meissner and Roger Rosenthal, former Troy Housing Authority employees, pled guilty to defrauding the New York State Retirement System . Rosenthal retired from the Troy Housing Authority in 2005 and began collecting a full pension with the NYSRS, then went back to working as a supposed ‘consultant’ with the Authority, collecting more than $200,000 in a three-year period in addition to the pension. 

Comptroller DiNapoli.
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New York state's comptroller reports local sales tax collections statewide rose $739 million or 5.2 percent last year, exceeding the 3.3 percent increase in 2012.

In the annual report released Thursday, state tax data from all 62 counties show New York City was responsible for much of the gain, with sales taxes up $406 million or 6.8 percent.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that's partly due to rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, though collections from retail sales have rebounded significantly in the city since the recession, up almost 38 percent since 2009.

An audit from the New York State comptroller’s office finds alleged misuse of funds in a Dutchess County town.

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An upstate village may have put itself in line for an audit from the State Comptroller.

The Greene County village of Catskill could be audited, and could even lose grant money after failing to file a report on its fiscal year. 

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s current "fiscal stress report" found that out of 535 villages across the state, 15 of them, including Red Hook in Northern Dutchess County, were under some level of fiscal stress.

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The New York State Comptroller says the Cuomo Administration racked up a record $611 million in overtime payments over the past year.

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A new audit by the New York State Comptroller finds that out of a sample of state workers at state agencies and authorities, more than a fifth were double dipping, being paid for two jobs while doing only one.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he’ll need to see more details and end of the calendar year state revenue figures before deciding whether the state can afford $2 billion in new tax cuts that Governor Cuomo is likely to propose.

Comptroller DiNapoli.
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  A top state official in New York recently witnessed political violence firsthand during a recent trip to Bangladesh.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli told WAMC’s Capitol Connection program this week that there was a fire bombing just outside of his hotel as he and religious and labor leaders were in the country to look at working conditions at garment factories after deadly fires and building failures.

Campaign Mailing Draws Criticism from U.S. Senator

Nov 4, 2013

A closely-watched county executive race in the Hudson Valley has one of New York’s U.S. Senators reacting to what Democrats say is a misleading campaign mailing.

The State Comptroller says he’s looking for more start up companies and entrepreneurs to invest in, as part of a partnership between the state’s pension fund and private equity managers.

Audit Shows A Dutchess Town In Fiscal Stress

Sep 17, 2013
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The New York state comptroller says an audit finds that a Dutchess County town faces financial challenges.

Federal lawmakers from New York are showing their support for a piece of legislation that aims to jumpstart development and cleanup efforts on contaminated land.

Recently, Democrats U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillbrand and Congressman Paul Tonko met with local leaders in Albany’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood to announce their support for the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development – or BUILD – Act.

A New York official says a public utility that's supposed to provide low-cost electricity for residents is spending money on planes, pilots and six-figure salaries.

New Yorkers pay some of the highest electric rates in the country.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the New York Power Authority could provide more rate relief "if it appropriately focused its resources."

The City of Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy has left some in New York wondering whether any upstate cities will be next. State officials say they are trying to help with financial planning guidance, but local governments say more needs to be done.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has created a fiscal stress monitoring system that measures the financial health of New York’s local governments. A preliminary report found two dozen cities, counties and villages are moderately to severely fiscally stressed.  DiNapoli say he hopes they can avoid the fate of Detroit.

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Three bills concerning Superstorm Sandy are headed to the New York governor’s desk.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is out with his first set of municipal fiscal stress scores based on his office’s new Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. The numbers were revealed during a teleconference today.

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Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to rally for public financing of political campaigns. The measure remains in limbo in the State Senate and Governor Cuomo faces questions on whether he’s working hard enough for the proposal to pass.
They came in busses from all over New York to give state lawmakers their message- big money is corrupting politics. They say the state should adopt New York City’s public campaign finance system, which allows candidates to match every dollar they collect in small donations with seven dollars of government funds.

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The city of Poughkeepsie is facing an $11 million  deficit in its general fund brought on, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, by unrealistic budgeting by city officials—including overestimating revenues. DiNapoli, in a new audit, says Poughkeepsie’s debt burden has gone up 45 percent over the past five years as its financial condition deteriorates.

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Industrial development agencies across New York granted $1.5 billion in tax breaks to companies that promised to expand, and create new jobs, in 2011. In a new audit, state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the IDA’s, which operate at the local and country level, have improved their overall performance but some say there are still reasons to be concerned.

State Comptroller Has Concerns With Rockland's Budget

Apr 23, 2013
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The New York State Comptroller says he is concerned with the budget in one Hudson Valley county.

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The New York state Comptroller kicked off a week-long forum at SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute to examine the plight of economically stressed local governments and school districts across the New York.  

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the “new normal” for schools and local governments around the state is prolonged fiscal stress.  He says a combination of rising health care and pension costs, reduced state aide, and two-year-old property tax cap have put the squeeze on municipalities.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is on a statewide tour to promote the newly passed state budget, saying it shows that the state is functional again. But not everyone is completely convinced.
Governor Cuomo has been touring major upstate regions, promoting the passage of the third on time or early budget in a row. In Buffalo, he held up a hockey puck as a prop, comparing the achievement to hockey’s “hat trick”.

General Electric has agreed to analyze its potential liability in relation to recently-discovered PCBs in the upper Hudson River. GE will soon resume its remediation of PCBs it discharged into the Hudson decades ago, and at least one environmental group hopes the company will incorporate the additional dredging this year.

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As New York State officials and legislators pore over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli today released his office’s estimate of Wall Street bonuses. He says the annual forecast is in line with state and New York City budget expectations.

Cash bonuses paid to New York City securities-industry employees are forecast to rise by 8 percent, to $20 billion, for last year, driven, in part, by bonuses deferred from prior years. That’s according to DiNapoli.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says there are some big question marks in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says it would increase debt, rely on one-shot revenues, and includes overly optimistic projections of tax revenues.

DiNapoli did credit the budget as a move toward long-term fiscal balance.

Cuomo's $143 billion proposal is boosted by anticipated federal disaster aid. The current budget is $134 billion.

DiNapoli criticized the 2013-14 spending plan for relying on $1.4 billion in temporary revenue.

NYS to Implement System to Diagnose Fiscal Stress

Jan 29, 2013

There’s a new system ready to be put in place in New York State to help identify local governments and school districts under financial strain. The idea is to flag financial problems before they spiral into a crisis.

The New York State Comptroller’s office has finalized plans to implement a statewide fiscal monitoring system to identify local governments and school districts under or nearing financial stress, by classifying their fiscal conditions. Brian Butry is a spokesman for State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.