NIFA urges state comptroller to audit Nassau's finances

Members of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) are calling for the county to be audited by the state comptroller. The fiscal watchdog agency says Nassau County has accumulated close to $7 million in unauthorized legal fees. The board is urging State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to investigate the county's contracts for compliance. Board members say all contracts need to be approved by the county legislature and NIFA before any work begins. "I think it's essential for the comptroller to come in and figure out what went wrong here," says DiNapoli. "To me, it appears as an arrogance of power." Board members have also said that county officials have delayed payments to organizations serving the poor and disabled, and have failed to fulfill their charity obligations. The comptroller's office has yet to confirm if DiNapoli will go ahead with the proceedings.

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