On February 26, 2020, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and the Division of Local Government and School Accountability selected Mount Vernon to be audited. The focus of this audit will center around internal controls. Since taking office in January, Mayor Patterson-Howard has been reaching out to the NYS Comptroller office requesting an audit of the city’s finances. Mayor Patterson-Howard has requested an audit of all city finances, this includes the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Urban Renewal Agency (URA) and Board of Water Supply.
Mayor Patterson-Howard said, “Time’s up for fiscal mismanagement and corruption. We welcome an audit of the city’s finances, including the IDA, URA and questions around Board of Water Supply funds.
We have grave concerns about the lack of transparency. We welcome an audit from the NYS Comptroller’s office, the citizens of Mount Vernon deserve an accounting of each dollar spent. We look forward to taking the necessary steps to address corrective actions that arise from the audit.”
City Council President Lisa A. Copeland said, “We are encouraged by the audit of the City of Mount Vernon from NYS Comptroller DiNapoli’s office and stand ready to assist.”
Finance & Planning Chair, Councilman Marcus A. Griffith said, “We are excited and looking forward to NYS Comptroller DiNapoli coming in to assess our financial situation. As chair of Finance and Planning for the City Council we look forward to assisting the auditors with moving this process along.”