State audit of Nassau contracts not yet complete

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A state audit of Nassau County’s contracting process is continuing, a spokesman for Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Thursday.

DiNapoli agreed to a request from the county’s financial control board last December to audit Nassau's system for approving outside contracts and paying vendors. The audit began in February and was expected to last six to nine months.

Members of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state board that took control of the county’s finances last year, had expressed concerns about late payments to county vendors and unauthorized bills for outside legal work.

Some members had hoped to see a report by the end of the summer.

But DiNapoli spokesman Brian Butry said the audit is “still ongoing.” He declined to give a specific date for when it could be released.

Given the generic time frame of six to nine months, he said, its completion could come “anywhere from the end of summer to the end of the calendar year itself.”

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