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Oct 11, 2012 4:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Accounting Errors Prompt Westhampton Beach Village To Hire Attorney To Review Finances

Oct 17, 2012 2:00 PM

“I am supportive of the practices here in the village,” Ms. Molinaro said. “Any findings that 
come across in any audit or review will find anything that needs to be addressed, but at this time we feel that any outstanding issues have already been addressed.”

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much ado about nothing I suspect, Hank .. You are a boob !
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Oct 11, 12 6:26 PM
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Just keeping abreast of the situation?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 11, 12 6:54 PM
Much ado about nothing? $22,000 grew legs and walked out the door and you blame the trustees for doing their job? Who was minding the store?
By Mrs. Boardwatcher (2), Southampton on Oct 12, 12 2:16 PM
They pick on the little things to put on a show....how about all the waste from lawsuits brought on by village actions.
By NEWLONDON (48), westhampton beach on Oct 11, 12 7:29 PM
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How much money needs to go missing until you consider it a big thing? If the bookkeeper didn't accurately keep the books over the last 15 months what is she getting paid to do?
By Ross G (1), Westhampton Beach on Oct 12, 12 4:01 PM
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spending $5000 to investigate a mistake that was already corrected-way to go Hank
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 12, 12 4:58 AM
This is EastEnd68's last comment. I so miss them. Where did they go? Sigh.
By Speonk Shores (31), Remsenburg on Jun 27, 13 6:56 PM
Is this all the Village board has to do, chase non problems. Any body with a half a brain knows when employees are paid bi-weekly these things happen leap year is one of the causes. It was corrected, lets get on with Village business.
By westendoftown (18), Speonk on Oct 12, 12 7:45 AM
No, my guess is it is possible not to overpay municipal employees ten of thousands of taxpayer dollars. And now tens of thousands of dollars is a "non-problem"?
By Mrs. Boardwatcher (2), Southampton on Oct 12, 12 2:45 PM
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Hiring a Bellport attorney to audit the auditors? Spending 5000 dollars of taxpayers money to audit auditors before the independent audit is completed? Hello Westhampton Beach, the lights are on but nobody appears to be home! On the other hand isn't this the same group that wanted to investigate the Suffolk County Internal Affairs Investigators who were investigating a police incident..., oh no that was Joan Levan, she is not there anymore. I guess this stuff only makes sence in WHB!
By Sug Tonmi (25), southampton on Oct 12, 12 7:57 AM
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They should throw the Police Chief in on that investigation of being overpaid - or at least the person(s) who approved his contract. I'll bet the Chief laughs all the way to the bank each payday.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Oct 12, 12 7:57 AM
Who elected these boobs.
By westendoftown (18), Speonk on Oct 12, 12 8:06 AM
You've got to be kidding me...Tucker is going to spend more on lawyers than the error itself - and the error will be easily corrected even without the lawyers! STOP with the lawyers!!! It was an error. That's what audits are for. Hiring a lawyer to look into an error already found? Come on...get a life Tucker. Make yourself useful and get the corner of Montauk Highway and Old Riverhead Road fixed up. It's the gateway to your Village and it looks like the gateway to the ghetto.
By getalife (61), Southampton on Oct 12, 12 12:09 PM
Congratulation to the Trustees for calling for an independent investigation of certain financial discrepancies. Already, Mayor Teller has disclosed that the Village employees have been overpaid $22,000 in the past 15 months. Didn’t the Village lay-off 3 employees to reduce expenses by $30,000 inorder for the budget to comply with the state mandated 2% tax levy limit. Now, he expects us to swallow that a misallocation of $22,000.00 of taxpayer’s $$$ is a “simple accounting error” ...more
By beachgirl11978 (18), Westhampton Beach on Oct 13, 12 9:50 AM
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Beachgirl, don’t be so agitated, we are all just trying to make some sense of this story. The Mayor said in the story that the resolution targets Ms. Molinaro, yet you say that she was just hired in July which means this issue must involve the past Village Clerk? The trustees are hiring an attorney to oversee an independent accounting firm, yet the trustee who sponsored the resolution said on the Patch article that overpayments are not uncommon? I have several friends who are employees ...more
By Sug Tonmi (25), southampton on Oct 13, 12 12:08 PM
Beach girl. As a taxpayer of this village I support your statement and Hank. At least someone has the guts to standup to the old cronies of this Village and their "one hand washes the other" way of doing business.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Oct 13, 12 4:00 PM
Funny i went to post a comment the other day and it never hit. Not that it was posted and removed, it just never happened. In short, there is something seriously wrong if your first reaction is to hire an attorney who was once a Village clerk. The normal protocol is to go to your own accounting firm if there are posting problems. If the accounting firm is the problem, get a second accounting firm opinion. To go legal means you are either lying about the situation or are incompetent, in both ...more
By Hambone (514), New York on Oct 13, 12 11:16 PM
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15 months - that says the village's outside accounts didn't catch this.

15 months - that says it was done properly before that, who changed the the way payments were made, and why?

Day in and day out the clerk is supposed to do this job; day in and day out the Mayor is supposed to check the bills; month in and month out the trustees are supposed to oversee the payments. That is the order of responsibility - Clerk, Mayor, trustees.

Notice the Mayor says the Clerk is okay, ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Oct 14, 12 9:05 AM
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You wonder if everyone was Underpaid for 15 months- oh wait this would have been corrected 14 months ago.
By bayarea (46), hampton bays on Oct 14, 12 10:14 AM
Do the math. Comes to less than $10 per week per person. Can do that with incorrect payroll deductions. You need to spend $5,000 on that?
By Sandflea (35), Southampton on Oct 15, 12 10:17 AM
Sounds like beachgirl is aware of the workings of the Village's budget. Could it be an ex clerk with an axe to grind?
By westendoftown (18), Speonk on Oct 15, 12 1:12 PM
I notice most of these comments are made by a small handful of people (westendoftown, Sug Tonmi, realistic) each posting multiple, often duplicative statements, offering endless criticisms of the trustee majority - it's nice to see the trustees showing the courage to stand tall before those few that seek to control the village government through bullying and intimidation.
By BillyBoyWHB (1), Westhampton Beach on Oct 16, 12 10:01 AM
If the error went on for 15 months then it must have been missed during the last audit. Perhaps someone actively covered it up, otherwise such a common error as claimed by Sug Tonmi would have been routinely caught. It is always the cover-up that gets you in trouble.
By WS (9), Westhampton Beach on Oct 16, 12 10:36 AM
Good grief folks, it was caught internally. Give it a rest, this is not Westhamptongate. Richard Blowes did the same thing at the town level years ago. Took 13 years to catch his mistake.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Oct 16, 12 11:47 AM
Right on and move on, certain people are trying to make something out of nothing for some reason.
By westendoftown (18), Speonk on Oct 16, 12 5:06 PM
Teller yet throws another village employee under the bus. business as usual in WHB
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Oct 22, 12 5:42 PM