Saratoga Housing Authority’s spending controls are too lax, according to an audit released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Following public allegations surrounding potential financial irregularities and spending practices on salaries, travel and business expenses, DiNapoli’s office was asked by Saratoga Springs’ mayor to conduct an audit.

The audit found that the authority did not compensate its executive director in accordance with its personnel policy and that it lacked appropriate internal controls for conference attendance and the process of approving travel claims.

“Taxpayers and tenants of the Housing Authority shouldn’t have to question if their money is being used appropriately,” said DiNapoli.

“Officials should immediately address the financial risks uncovered in this audit and commit to improving the tone at the top as they move forward.”

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