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Sunday, June 4, 2017

...And so the "draft" audit begins...


Please read the following

The accompanying is not complete and may contain errors and/or omissions. Our auditors have not consented to the release of this document nor do I, (Patrick M. Tyksinski, Town Supervisor) consent to its release. Remittance of this document is made due to the vote by the New Hartford Town Board to release it, I and one councilman voted against release. It is in my opinion that these members possessed no justification in voting release of the document, and did in violation of conditions established between auditor and the Town.

This document was intended for "Internal Use Only" and meant for management's review and input only. This document has not been accepted by Town Management as being final nor as being correct, and therefore the management of the Town takes no responsibility as to its accuracy or completeness.

This disclaimer should be provided to any individual to whom information contained in this report is given.

I asserted my rights under the Freedom of Information Law right after the FOIL appeal meeting on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and asked the town clerk to have the Supervisor sign a certification that the document I was given is a true and correct copy of the draft audit.

So far, I have not received the certification. Following up with the town clerk on Friday, June 2, she stated that she prepared the certification for Tyksinski's signature on Thursday, June 1, 2017 and will supposedly try to get it signed tomorrow, Monday, June 5, 2017. How long does it take to get a signature?

For the time being, I will not be making any statements regarding the audit other than what I have does not look good and I am curious to see the impact of the NYS Comptroller's report which may make the town's financial status even worse, but time will tell.

Supervisor Tyksinski stated at the FOIL appeal meeting that the final audit would definitely be available within one week; two weeks top which is why Councilman Reynolds said he voted to not release the drafts.

My friends, two weeks would be the day of the next town board meeting on June 14. There are several public hearings that evening on proposed local laws and the possible demolition of two (2) houses for alleged codes violations.

You can sit at home and wait for the final audit to make its way to the public or attend the town board meeting and start asking questions. Your choice!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, you made sure his disclaimer is public! Now how do you explain away 2 + months of not completing or distributing the audit, Mr. Tyksinski?

Maybe you think most of us are not paying attention, some of us are. You've borrowed more money in 8 years than any other Supervisor. If borrowing is how to build a "surplus," please explain how it is better to pay $2 for every $1 borrowed. Most of us think your "surplus" is mostly money that, if all the bills were paid at years end, wouldn't be there. It's that carryover thing.

And for Dave Reynolds, I know you as a good and decent human being with a conscience. You are not deceptive or evil, unlike you know who. It doesn't matter if the completed audit is going to be ready "in a week or two." What does matter is what the FOIL law says about the draft as in the possession of the Supervisor right now. It is clear. Either you insist NH has open government and follows the rules or you don't. There is no in between.

Please, Dave, don't make this mistake again. Relying on the 2 voices at the end of the table anymore is an exercise in futility. They are full of franks and beans, and the end product of digesting those is getting rather noticable.

It's an election year! Get the popcorn out, it's almost showtime!