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Among the budget pressures facing local governments is a sharp drop in sales tax revenue related to the coronavirus pandemic.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that sales tax revenue for local governments fell by more than 32% in May compared to the same month a year ago.

He said the sharp decline in revenues was widespread in the state. In Monroe County, about $25 million in sales tax revenue was tallied, compared to around $39 million a year ago.

NYS Comptroller's Audit of the Rochester City School District

About six years ago, Rochester’s Board of Education received a presentation from former Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, and then-Chief Financial Officer William Ansbrow. 

Ansbrow said: “If ‘this’ continues, the district’s finances will hit rock bottom within three to five years.” 

CITY Newspaper file photo

Despite cost-saving measures already taken by the Rochester City School District to close its budget gap, including the layoffs of scores of teachers, the state Comptroller’s Office warned Thursday that the district is on track to finish the academic year with a $40.5 million deficit.

State auditors, who have been digging into the district’s books, found there are no available reserve funds to apply toward the looming deficit.

After economic development corruption scandals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have finalized a plan to restore the comptroller's auditing powers over economic development contracts.

In 2011, Cuomo persuaded the state Legislature to agree to limit the comptroller's oversight ability for some economic development projects. They included the $750 million subsidy for the Solar City project, as part of an initiative Cuomo called the Buffalo Billion.

At the time, Cuomo said the additional oversight slowed down the bidding and construction process.

Abby Lambert, NYS Comptroller's Office

An audit from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli finds that many schools across New York are not meeting requirements under a state law to prepare for emergencies, including possible school shootings.

The audit comes as a shooter in California killed a 6-year-old boy and a teenaged girl.

DiNapoli sat down with WXXI's Karen DeWitt to talk about the shortcomings that he found.