senate Bill S4501A

Requires the metropolitan transportation authority to contract with a certified public accountant for an independent forensic audit of such authority

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  • 07 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 27 / Apr / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 27 / Apr / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4501A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Requires that an independent comprehensive, forensic audit be conducted upon the metropolitan transportation authority; provides that the results thereof shall be sent to the governor, the comptroller and legislative leaders.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4501
S4501A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1265-c, Pub Auth L

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BILL NUMBER:S4501A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public authorities law, in relation to directing the
metropolitan transportation authority to contract for the provision of
an independent forensic audit of such authority; and providing for the
repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To have an independent forensic audit of the MTA. There is too much
uncertainty regarding the MTA and regarding where taxpayer money is
spent. This independent audit will help bring some accountability to
the MTA.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 The authority shall, within sixty days of the effective date
of this section, contract with a certified public accounting firm for
the provision of an independent, comprehensive, forensic audit of the
authority. The independent public accounting firm must report its
findings on or before January first, two thousand thirteen.

JUSTIFICATION:
The MTA has increased rates and have received additional revenues
through the MTA payroll tax. There needs to be some accountability to
justify all of these taxes and fees that have been put on the
counties that receive services from the MTA. An independent forensic
audit will give the legislature an accurate report on where the money
is being spent and where the MTA can find ways to save costs.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately, and shall expire and be deemed repealed January 2, 2013.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4501--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation --  commit-
  tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
  mitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to directing the
  metropolitan transportation authority to contract for the provision of
  an independent forensic audit of such authority; and providing for the
  repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  public  authorities  law  is amended by adding a new
section 1265-c to read as follows:
  S 1265-C. INDEPENDENT FORENSIC AUDIT. 1. THE AUTHORITY  SHALL,  WITHIN
SIXTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, CONTRACT WITH A CERTI-
FIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR THE PROVISION OF AN INDEPENDENT, COMPRE-
HENSIVE,  FORENSIC AUDIT OF THE AUTHORITY. SUCH AUDIT SHALL BE PERFORMED
IN ACCORDANCE WITH GENERALLY  ACCEPTED  GOVERNMENT  AUDITING  STANDARDS.
SUCH  AUDIT  SHALL  BE INDEPENDENT OF AND IN ADDITION TO THE INDEPENDENT
AUDIT OF  THE  AUTHORITY  CONDUCTED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  TWENTY-EIGHT
HUNDRED TWO OF THIS CHAPTER.
  2.  THE  CERTIFIED  INDEPENDENT  PUBLIC  ACCOUNTING FIRM PROVIDING THE
AUTHORITY'S INDEPENDENT, COMPREHENSIVE, FORENSIC AUDIT SHALL BE  PROHIB-
ITED  IN  PROVIDING  AUDIT  SERVICES IF THE LEAD (OR COORDINATING) AUDIT
PARTNER (HAVING PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR  THE  AUDIT),  OR  THE  AUDIT
PARTNER  RESPONSIBLE  FOR  REVIEWING  THE  AUDIT,  HAS  PERFORMED  AUDIT
SERVICES FOR THE AUTHORITY WITHIN ANY OF THE TEN PREVIOUS  FISCAL  YEARS
OF THE AUTHORITY.
  3.  THE  CERTIFIED  INDEPENDENT  ACCOUNTING  FIRM PERFORMING THE AUDIT
PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE PROHIBITED FROM PERFORMING ANY NON-AU-
DIT SERVICES FOR THE AUTHORITY CONTEMPORANEOUSLY WITH THE AUDIT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10719-02-1

S. 4501--A                          2

  4. IT  SHALL  BE  PROHIBITED  FOR  THE  CERTIFIED  INDEPENDENT  PUBLIC
ACCOUNTING  FIRM  TO  PERFORM FOR THE AUTHORITY ANY AUDIT SERVICE IF THE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, COMPTROLLER,  CHIEF  FINANCIAL  OFFICER,  CHIEF
ACCOUNTING OFFICER OR ANY OTHER PERSON SERVING IN AN EQUIVALENT POSITION
IN  THE  AUTHORITY  WAS  EMPLOYED  BY  THAT CERTIFIED INDEPENDENT PUBLIC
ACCOUNTING FIRM AND PARTICIPATED IN ANY CAPACITY IN  THE  AUDIT  OF  THE
AUTHORITY AT ANY TIME IN THE PAST.
  5.  THE  CERTIFIED  INDEPENDENT  PUBLIC  ACCOUNTING FIRM CONTRACTED TO
PERFORM THE INDEPENDENT COMPREHENSIVE, FORENSIC AUDIT OF  THE  AUTHORITY
SHALL,  ON  OR  BEFORE  JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, REPORT ITS
FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO  THE  GOVERNOR,  THE  STATE
COMPTROLLER,  THE  TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE
ASSEMBLY, THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF  THE  SENATE  FINANCE
COMMITTEE,  THE  CHAIR  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY WAYS
AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRS AND  RANKING  MINORITY  MEMBERS  OF  THE
SENATE  AND  THE  ASSEMBLY  CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMISSIONS
COMMITTEES, AND THE CHAIRS AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBERS  OF  THE  SENATE
AND THE ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEES.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be
deemed repealed January 2, 2013.

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