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Suffolk judicial facilities agency now compliant

The Suffolk County Judicial Facilities Agency is now in compliance with state laws governing public authorities, agency officials said.

The new status was granted Friday after the state Authorities Budget Office had cited the Suffolk County Judicial Facilities Agency as “chronically” out of compliance in its annual report last week.

The state office identified 155 out of 574 authorities in New York as noncompliant with the state’s public accountability, transparency and disclosure requirements.

Last year, the judicial facilities agency and five other local authorities were found to have continuously disregarded their legal duties to provide the public with information about their activities, according to the report.

Judicial facilities agency chairman Marty Cantor said the initial noncompliance label was caused by a misunderstanding. Cantor said the agency submitted a draft audit report of fiscal year 2012 in April to comply with the state deadline. The state originally accepted the draft report, then later rejected it and requested to have the final report, he said.

“The final audit report was completed in June 2013 and had no differences from the draft. That’s why we submitted the draft,” Cantor said in an email. “We were found not in compliance because of differing conclusions drawn by different state officials which put us out of compliance. Had they reached out we would have provided the audited financials. The audited financials have now been provided and JFA is in compliance.”

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