OSC: Audit finds some OTPS costs not reimburseable

The Office of the State Comptroller says a recent audit of some costs submitted to the State Education Department by an Orchard Park, N.Y., for-profit organization and provider of preschool special education services, did not comply with the State reimbursement guidelines. THE OSC said some Other Than Personal Costs (including food provided at meetings, credit card late payment fees,and gift certificates) should not have been reimbursed and some  professional services were not obtained through competitive procurement processes. More

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IG: A slightly less costly SUNY procurement scandal

It’s not just multi-million-dollar SUNY Polytechnic Institute developments that are vulnerable to alleged bid-rigging, according to the latest investigation from the office of state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.

Her office on Tuesday announced the guilty plea of a former State University of New York University at Buffalo maintenance supervisor who accepted as much as $100,000 in bribes in exchange for helping a painting contractor secure more than $1 million in UB dorm contracts. More

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Comptroller DiNapoli and A.G. Schneiderman Announce Arrest of Florida Man for Theft of Over $180,000 in NYS Pension Benefits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging Robert J. Schusteritsch, 71, of Florida, with the crimes of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, and Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, in Albany County Court. Schusteritsch is alleged to have stolen over $180,000 in pension benefits issued by the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System to his deceased brother, Martin Petschauer, between July 2008 and September 2015. More

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DiNapoli: SUNY Downstate Paid Consultant’s Questionable Hotel and Dining Tabs

SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Downstate) consultant, Pitts Management Associates, Inc. (PMA), charged Downstate $83,156 in questionable travel and lodging expenses, exceeding the conditions of the contract, including pricey rooms at the Carlyle Hotel and a “team dinner” that included cocktails, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. More

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OSC releases audit of SUNY PCI Standards Compliance

The Office of the State Comptroller reviewed selected operational and technical data security controls over the protection of cardholder data at six SUNY schools: one university center, one medical center, and four colleges. While OSC found officials at each campus to be generally knowledgeable about Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance and the need to protect credit card data from unauthorized access, it also identified areas where certain system and data controls need to be improved to meet compliance standards. More

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Former DOT employee charged with using state card for gas, groceries

A former state Department of Transportation mechanic has been arrested and charged with using state credit card for gas and groceries. Jonathan Kalinowski, of Waterford, faces felony grand larceny counts for the alleged thefts, according to Inspector General Catherine Leahy-Scott. More.

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Dean Skelos Is Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Corruption Case

Dean G. Skelos, the once powerful Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate who was convicted with his son in December on federal corruption charges, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison. More.

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