March 5, 2013

Comptroller Maragos: Town of North Hempstead
Continues to Conceal Financial Records

What is the Town Hiding From Tax Payers?

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos expressed his disappointment with the Town of North Hempstead’s continued stone walling of the Comptroller’s effort to audit the Clinton G. Martin Park District. The Town decided to once again appeal the latest decisive and unanimous judgment from a New York State Appellate Division Court firmly upholding the Comptroller’s authority to audit not only the Park District but the Town as well.

On February 25, 2013, the Town appealed a decision from the New York State Appellate Division dated February 13, 2013, which unanimously established the right of the Comptroller to audit the Park District and the Town under both the Nassau County Charter and New York State Constitution. This second appeal by the Town to the highest state court, the New York Court of Appeals, will further delay the Comptroller’s audit and hide from public view the financial transactions of the Park District.

"It is now apparent that the Town of North Hempstead intends to conceal its financial records from the public scrutiny,” said Comptroller Maragos "The residents of this District and the Town deserve answers to the numerous questions relating to how their tax dollars are being utilized in this District and possibly the Town itself. Instead of transparency, the Town is continuing to waste money on litigation and preventing public records from being disclosed."

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