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NY inspector general faults use of state vehicles

ALBANY, N.Y. - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's inspector general says the State Liquor Authority allowed employees to commute long distances in state vehicles, costing taxpayers at least $20,000 a year in gasoline alone.

Inspector General Joseph Fisch says several SLA employees commuted in state cars even though it was against agency rules for all but commissioners. They also routinely failed to fill out required travel logs, listing mileage and destinations.

A former assistant enforcement director commuted on weekends from his Manhattan office to his Essex County home, a 600-mile roundtrip at public expense.

Fisch's office released the report Wednesday and is forwarding the findings to tax officials for a review of unreported fringe benefits. The agency agreed to tighten controls.

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