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Audit reveals village is operating according to law

LAKE GEORGE - A state audit of the finances and operations of the village government has yielded satisfactory results, Mayor Robert Blais announced Tuesday.

The "risk audit," conducted in September by the Office of the state Comptroller turned up nothing that required further attention, according to Karl Smoczynski, Chief Examiner of the state Comptroller, who concentrates on scrutinizing operations of municipalities and school districts.

This audit, with a favorable outcome, was a totally separate matter from an investigation now being conducted into the finances of the town of Lake George and the conduct of town officials, which may potentially include allegations of wrongdoing, according to state Comptroller's office representatives. (See article elsewhere in this issue.)

The"risk audit" of Lake George village included interviews with village personnel, as well as observations and inspection of financial records and reports. This was the first such inspection conducted of the village in 13 years. It was conducted over about four weeks.

An exit interview with the on-site auditors and a following report from the Comptroller's office indicated that nothing came to their attention that required further assistance or inspection from their office.

Blais said that the auditors conducted thorough inspections of the new firehouse project, payroll records, purchases of equipment and inter-municipal contracts. Had discrepancies or statute violations been uncovered, a more thorough investigation would have been ordered.

"We are very proud of our record and the outcome of this inspection," the Mayor said.

Blais said he was thankful for the work routinely accomplished by the entire Village staff, particularly by Clerk-Treasurer Darlene Gunther.

"Darlene's a stickler," he said with a laugh. "She doesn't let me or anyone else get away with anything."

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