TIMES UNION – State audit criticizes Berne for its handling of bills before payment
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BERNE – The Town Board failed to oversee the town’s financial operations and didn’t follow state law…

Altamont Enterprise – Berne town board mismanaged finances, state comptroller says
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BERNE — The Berne Town Board has not been upholding its fiscal responsibilities to taxpayers, according to the Office of the State Comptroller…

TIMES UNION – Report: Berne Town Board flouts open meetings law
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New York Coalition for Open Government calls town government ‘dysfunctional’

BERNE – The New York Coalition for Open Government issued a report calling the town government “dysfunctional,” and criticizing it for violating the state’s Open Meetings Law.

By not having a dog-control officer, Berne is violating the law
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“This position is not filled due to the extreme dysfunctionality of the GOP-controlled town board. The twice-canceled September meeting finally took place, but even then, only one elected GOP board member showed up…”

One of the most important functions of the town board is the oversight of spending
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“[Highway Superintendent] Mr. Bashwinger did not provide estimates by the deadline as required by law and [Town Supervisor] Mr. Lyons failed to reschedule a meeting as requested by three board members.”

[Berne Town Supervisor] Lyons’s administration did not do its job
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“The Berne Town Board ‘exceeded its authority,’ compiled financial records that were ‘sorely inaccurate,’ failed to perform proper bank reconciliations for months, ‘did not annually audit or cause the audit of records of the Supervisor, Town Clerk, Tax Collector or Code Enforcement Officer,’ and failed to allow the town board its legally mandated financial oversight.

They couldn’t even manage to pay the town’s credit card bill on time….”

No charges filed against Berne highway super candidate after investigation
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“Albany County Sheriff’s Office also investigated the claims, and the lack of charges stemming from the investigation provides a strong and clear signal: Kennedy is innocent…”




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