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No response from former mayor regarding questioned expenses, Kasprzak says

PLATTSBURGH The city of Plattsburgh has yet to receive an official explanation for more than $10,000 of inadequately documented expenditures made by former Mayor Daniel L. Stewart. In an interview Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak said he has not received communication from Mr. Stewart since the issue was raised publicly at a Dec. 19 press conference. During the press conference, Mayor Kasprzak reviewed a preliminary draft of an audit of the citys finances conducted in January 2007 by the state Office of the State Comptroller. The mayor said several discrepancies in spending by Mr. Stewart were found during a period from Jan. 1, 2005, to Sept. 30, 2006. The audit prompted Mayor Kasprzak to seek a second audit, examining city expenditures as far back as 2003. Overall, $10,430.38 was considered improperly documented by the former mayor. Mayor Kasprzak gave the former mayor until Feb. 1 to furnish the city with an explanation for the expenses. Since then, Mr. Stewart has sent several Freedom of Information Law requests seeking more information about the charges in question, said Mayor Kasprzak, though no formal response to the mayors request for an explanation has been received. Obviously, its after Feb. 1 and our folks are answering the FOIL requests and giving him the information he is seeking, but as far as Im concerned, its out of my hands, said Mayor Kasprzak. This information came out from the comptrollers office. I have not paid attention to it any further. I have too many other priorities Im working on to worry about this. When contacted immediately following the mayors Dec. 19 press conference, Mr. Stewart expressed his disapproval of how Mayor Kasprzak handled the issue, stating the mayor overstepped some lines when taking findings of the state comptrollers preliminary report public. The former mayor further remarked Mayor Kasprzaks announcement was slanderous. I havent been accusatory; I havent attacked anybody personally, said Mayor Kasprzak. Quite the opposite, all I have ever stated was we were waiting for the comptrollers office report. They gave it, I sent one letter of follow-up to Dan and that was it. Thats the extent of what Im going to be involved with, quite frankly. Mayor Kasprzak further said any information regarding the matter is now being handled by city attorney John E. Clute. Mr. Stewart could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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