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State Comptroller's Office Will Soon Release Audit Of A Group Of Highway Departments

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Rohma Abbas   Feb 19, 2013 2:53 PM
Feb 19, 2013 2:56 PM

East Hampton Town’s Highway Department is one of 10 municipalities selected for an audit by the Office of the New York State Comptroller.

Brian Butry, a spokesman for New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, said results of the audit should be available by the spring. The audit includes a review of highway departments from the towns of East Hampton, Shelter Island, Southold, Brookhaven and Islip. It also includes towns in other regions of New York: Union, Salina, Pittsford, Thompson and Guilderland.

“We can confirm that the audit is under way,” Mr. Butry said in an email this week. “However, it is our general policy not to comment about the specifics of an ongoing audit.”

But East Hampton Town Chief Auditor Charlene Kagel said this week that the state had already completed its work in East Hampton and that the department had fared well.

“East Hampton was one of 10 municipalities selected for a focused objectives audit, which focused on paving projects from January 2011 through April 2012,” Ms. Kagel wrote in an email. “The town received its draft report in September, which was quite favorable, however the OSC did indicate it was not for external distribution until they issue the final report. I would imagine the final report is set to be issued together with the other municipalities very soon.”

East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, the Town Board’s liaison to the department, said the audit evaluated the department’s process of soliciting bids for contracts that supplied more than 150 tons of asphalt.

“The town had a very favorable response from the state,” Mr. Van Scoyoc said. “There were a few minor little things they made suggestions on and that’s it.”

Highway Superintendent Stephen Lynch also echoed that the town “graded very well” with the state auditors. He said the auditors looked at the records and bid processes the town used, and specifically evaluated a contract the department awarded to Rosemar Construction Corporation of East Moriches, which supplied more than 150 tons of asphalt to the town in 2011, at a rate of $76.90 per ton.

Auditors made some recommendations to the town, Mr. Lynch said, which “made sense.” One of those included requiring contractors to pay for lab testing of asphalt they’re supplying— to make sure it’s the correct type and gradation.

“They said that we’re doing a really good job,” Mr. Lynch said. “They liked our system.”

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