Political crossfire continues over audit contract

"We certainly should have asked more questions and did a better job with this process," Stec said to DiNolfo. "I am not comfortable with the idea that a department may have intentionally slanted the selection process."

Throughout the process, O'Keefe has vehemently denied any bias in the RFP, stating that such requirements as peer review and use of internal staff only are necessary to assure a credible audit.

DiNolfo, a longtime auditor with the state Comptroller's Office, planned on hiring outside staff to contribute to the audit report. Bonadio will use only in-house staff.

"I think it is clear that there is only one party here who is qualified for the job," Glens Falls Supervisor-at-Large Bill Kenny said. "A peer review is a necessary requirement for anyone looking to do a job like this."

DiNolfo has not been peer reviewed as a private CPA.

With the controversy surrounding the choice of auditor, county supervisors amended their offer, cutting the auditing contract to one year rather than three. The Bonadio group agreed to the change..

Supervisors said that this will give them time to provide proper oversight of the RFP process and make sure any bias in steering the contract to a particular party was eliminated.

"No one has ever said Bonadio has done anything wrong," Stec said. "All of the discussions were internal to the county - I get nervous when I am told one thing and find out that it is untrue."

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