THE PATCH: BALL BELIEVES THAT RECENT MTA AUDIT DOESN’T GO DEEP ENOUGH
While the state comptroller’s office recently released audit findings showing abuse in overtime and payroll within Metro-North, state Sen. Greg Ball wants another audit for the MTA that would be deeper.
Ball, at the Mount Kisco train station on Thursday, called for a full “forensic” audit of the agency. The difference between a forensic audit and the general audit that the comptroller’s office conducted, according to Ball, is that a forensic one is used to look for criminal activity.
“There’s a huge difference between a forensic accounting and a general accounting,” he said.
Ball’s support for a forensic approach is not new, as he has called for doing one a number of times in the past.
Also noted was the partial repeal of the payroll tax used as a revenue source for the MTA. The partial repeal means that fewer businesses will be required to pay it. Ball hailed the passage, but called for full repeal. He was joined by town supervisors Mary Beth Murphy of Somers and Kenneth Schmitt of Carmel, who talked about the tax being burdensome on their constituents and on their town governments. (ARTICLE)