Mineola, NY-Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced today that the New York State Appellate Division denied the appeal filed by the Town of North Hempstead seeking to stop a legitimate audit by the Comptroller of the Clinton G. Martin Park District. This represents the second time that a court has found the Town’s contentions to be without merit and have ruled that the Comptroller has the legal authority to audit the Towns and Park Districts. Back on June 17, 2011, the Nassau County Supreme Court stated that the Comptroller’s audit should move forward.
In its decision, the Appellate Division explicitly established that the Comptroller’s Office has the authority, pursuant to the both the Nassau County Charter and the New York State Constitution, to audit Towns and Park Districts.
“The courts have spoken and affirmed the authority of the Comptroller to audit this Park District,” Comptroller Maragos said. “It is time for the Town to put an end to this unnecessary litigation and allow the Comptroller’s Office to perform its lawful duties on behalf of the taxpayers. In the interests of governmental transparency, there is no reason for the Town of North Hempstead to continue to conceal its records from the public’s right to know how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent.”
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