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Audit finds city high school placement flawed
Audit finds city high school placement flawed
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 6/21/2013 at 10:54AM

The city’s high school placement system denied a handful of youngsters a chance at being admitted to a competitive Queens school, a comptroller’s audit found. Four middle school students were not ranked last year for possible enrollment at Townsend Harris High School’s Intensive Academic Humanities even though they were eligible, according to City Comptroller John [...]

Audit finds Department of Buildings is ‘incapable of improving itself’
Audit finds Department of Buildings is ‘incapable of improving itself’
Top Stories Melissa Chan 2/26/2013 at 2:23PM

The city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) is falling down on the job. “The Buildings Department is just dysfunctional and incapable of improving itself,” said Comptroller John Liu. “Its inability to perform basic tasks … bode poorly not just for the department, but for residents and neighborhoods too.” A recent audit by the comptroller’s office found [...]

Comptroller Liu delivers State of the City
News Billy Rennison 12/26/2012 at 3:56PM

Raising the minimum wage, providing free college tuition and ending corporate welfare were among the myriad of topics touched on during Comptroller John Liu’s State of the City speech last week. After a pre-speech show featuring a children’s choir, interpretive dancers and violinists, the presumptive mayoral hopeful delivered his second State of the City speech [...]

Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi released after 20 months in prison
Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi released after 20 months in prison
News Billy Rennison 12/12/2012 at 1:56PM

After serving 20 months behind bars for a pay-to-play scandal, former city and state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was released from prison with more than two years remaining on his sentence. The disgraced politician received the maximum four-year sentence in April 2011 after pleading guilty to corruption charges involving the state’s pension fund. Hevesi accepted $1 [...]

Weprin fined for comptroller campaign violations
Weprin fined for comptroller campaign violations
News Melissa Chan 12/05/2012 at 3:43PM

A state legislator was penalized thousands of dollars after the city determined his run for comptroller was fraught with violations. According to the city’s Campaign Finance Board (CFB), Assemblymember David Weprin owes $28,184 in total penalties and $325,561 in public funds repayments for a dozen violations his failed election campaign for comptroller committed in 2009. [...]

Ex-Comptroller Alan Hevesi to be released on parole in December
Ex-Comptroller Alan Hevesi to be released on parole in December
News Billy Rennison 11/15/2012 at 10:47AM

After nearly two years behind bars for a pay-to-play scandal, former city and state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was granted parole last night, the state’s Department of Corrections said. Hevesi was successful in his second appearance before a state parole board and is scheduled to be released by December 19.  The 72-year-old will remain on probation [...]

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Audit finds co-op, condo property values inflated
Audit finds co-op, condo property values inflated
News Melissa Chan 4/17/2012 at 4:07PM

A series of missteps by the Department of Finance (DOF) caused drastic upward swings in co-op and condo property taxes, according to two audits released by the city’s comptroller office. “The department failed to adequately explain significant changes it was making in the calculation of market values. What’s more, in numerous cases, they assigned arbitrary [...]

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