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Brightwaters to hold special meeting on budget

Mayor Joseph A. McNulty.

Mayor Joseph A. McNulty. Credit: Handout

The Brightwaters board of trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday night to amend the village’s 2012-13 budget at the recommendation of the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The board passed the budget earlier this month with a $142,000 surplus. During a general audit of Brightwaters, which is still underway, “We made some observations about next year’s budget — and suggested that they consider addressing the imbalance,” said DiNapoli spokeswoman Kate Gurnett.

The surplus isn’t the focus of the audit, but was “something that came to our attention,” Gurnett said.

Brightwaters trustee and chief financial officer Jack Riordan said the board will vote to move the surplus into a contingency account instead of redistributing it as an expense in the budget.

Riordan was chosen by Mayor Joseph McNulty to take the place of trustee Charles Fischer, who resigned in February, and Riordan said this was his first experience putting together a budget for a municipality.

“Due to my newness in this activity, I learned that we need to actually book that $142,000 surplus to an account, and we’re planning to do that,” Riordan said.

This is the only item of business for the meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 40 Seneca Drive.

Brightwaters Mayor Joseph McNulty. Handout

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