State audit finds fault with Village of West Haverstraw bookkeeping

ALBANY – A state comptroller’s audit to determine whether eligible West Haverstraw village employees received and used leave accruals in accordance with village policies found fault with the procedures.

The audit of the village from June 1, 2017 through March 31, 2019 found that the treasurer did not maintain separate records on leave accruals earned and used for administrative employees, or the amount of sick leave accrued and to be carried over to the next fiscal year.

For 2018, the report said the amounts paid by surviving spouses for their health insurance premiums were inaccurate and two surviving spouses had balances outstanding totaling $1,084, and two were overpaid by $553.

Key recommendations include adopting procedures for the maintenance of time and accrual records, including approving and monitoring; and establishing procedures that help ensure benefit premiums are accurately calculated and payments are verified against the amount due.

Village officials generally agreed with the state auditors’ findings and indicated that they have taken, or planned to take, corrective action.


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