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State: Islandia lacks oversight of court finances

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has criticized financial management of the Village of Islandia Justice Court.

In an audit released earlier this week, DiNapoli’s office found the village board and court personnel had not provided adequate oversight of the court’s finances.

The village’s two justices, Alan Wolinsky and Bruce Parnell, issued a statement Thursday saying that the state audit covered January 2008 through October 2009 and that, in 2010, the village arranged for an independent audit by the Hauppauge accounting firm of Blanchfield, Meyer, Kober & Rizzo.

“As a result of that audit, the village justice court system is in compliance with the state’s requirements,” the statement said.

The state audit found that the court was not ensuring that court clerks deposited money collected in a timely fashion or preparing monthly accountability analyses.

In addition, the village board did not provide for an annual audit of the court and, as a result, the court had as much as $23,000 in unidentified funds.

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