By Jen White, Mayor of Nyack, NY
The NYS Comptroller’s Office has issued a report which finds that the Village of Nyack failed to exercise sufficient oversight in reviewing the accounting practices at Nyack Center from 2008-2011. Our Village Board has been cooperating with the Comptroller’s Office during this investigation and accepts the recommendations of the audit. Since last Summer, we have been working to implement new procedures to correct these accounting errors.
The issue involves Nyack School District students who attend Nyack Center’s Summer Camp but live outside of the Village of Nyack in Clarkstown, Orangetown or South Nyack. Separate accounts should have been maintained to track summer camp attendees who live outside of the Village of Nyack.
It’s important to note that The Village of Nyack fulfilled its contractual obligation to find various educational and recreational programs offered through the Nyack Center for school age children and families who otherwise would not receive programs, such as a breakfast program for elementary aged school children, after school programs, computer tutoring, adult supervised youth groups, summer camp, and family counseling services. The funding provided by the Village to the Nyack Center was based upon Village resident enrollment figures provided by the Nyack Center.
The Comptroller’s report concluded a portion of the public accessing programming funded in part by the Village of Nyack were not Nyack residents. This issue is complicated by the fact the certain Nyack Center programming, such as the Summer Camp, utilizes property of the Nyack School District, and therefore must be open to all residents of the Nyack School District, regardless of whether they reside in Nyack, Central Nyack, or South Nyack. Additionally, the Village understands that the Nyack Center does not turn away children or families in need— an action which the Village of Nyack supports. Obviously, there is no indication in the Comptroller’s report that the children and families accessing the Nyack Center’s programming were not eligible and in need of the Nyack Center’s programming.
The Village of Nyack accepts the conclusions and recommendations included in the State Comptrollers report. In an effort to improve operations and governance the Village of Nyack recognizes the recommendations and will carry out any actions contained in the report.
Read the complete report on the Village site or at NYS Audits of Local Governments and School Districts.