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Court Denies North Hempstead Appeal to Stop Park Audit

Nassau Comptroller George Maragos says it's time for town to put an end to unnecessary litigation; town to 'proceed accordingly.'

The New York State Appellate Division has denied the appeal filed by the Town of North Hempstead seeking to stop an audit of the Clinton G. Martin Park District by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, according to a press release Thursday from the comptroller's office.

In its decision, the court 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, accoring to Maragos.

“We will review the decision and proceed accordingly,” said Town of North Hempstead spokesman, Collin Nash.

The decision 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.

On June 17, 2011, the Nassau County Supreme Court stated that the comptroller’s audit should move forward.

Maragos said it's time for the town to put an end to unnecessary litigation.

“The courts have spoken and affirmed the authority of the comptroller to audit this park district,” Comptroller Maragos said the release. "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."

Donna Rice February 14, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Okay Supervisor let's get this done. Open the books already. You pushed this off during the last election, let's have it done by the next one. Or are you worried about something?
Joseph February 14, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Poor Joni 2 days in a row Even his high speed mouth , or a new mailable crony Can not help him now
Geoffrey Walter February 14, 2013 at 09:40 PM
The following comment was posted on the Mineola Patch Facebook page by Tom Watson: "Good! Why is the town of N Hempstead so afraid of a park audit? Gee I wonder what corruption and misuse/mismanagement of tax dollars we'll find out about now."
Joseph February 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM
We will soon find out ? May be the democratic insiders know something we don't ,for not even mentioning Kaiman in their discussions for nominees for county executive

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