Investigators scrutinizing conduct of town officials, government finances

LAKE GEORGE - State officials confirmed Tuesday that the state Comptroller's office is investigating alleged wrongdoing by Lake George town officials and the finances of the government.

"I can confirm that investigation is going on concerning the conduct of the town officials and the finances of the town," said Mark Johnson, spokesman for the state Comptroller's Office. "The investigation is ongoing now, but I cannot get into any details at this point."

Johnson said that investigators have been poring over documents and records at the town, as well as interviewing government officials and private citizens.

He said the investigators and auditors have been on site in town offices since mid-October, and there was personnel from both the comptroller's New York City and Albany offices conducting the investigation.

Tuesday, efforts to reach Lake George Supervisor Louis Tessier were unsuccessful.

Deputy Town Supervisor Vincent Crocitto said he had not been interviewed, but the Comptroller's Office investigators weren't likely to find anything anyway.

"There's absolutely nothing to this -The officials of the town always have and will have the best interests of the community at heart," he said.

The Lake George Mirror, which broke the story Oct. 29, reported that Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky said he was asked by a state investigator whether he knew of any instances of favoritism in the granting of variances or permits by the town's Zoning or Planning boards.

A prominent local businessman, the Mirror reported, was asked whether developers were given gravel at no charge from the town's gravel pit and whether town employees worked on private roads and driveways.

A source close to Lake George government said he'd heard that the Comptroller's Office had received a list of accusations, perhaps from a disgruntled employee of the town.

Lake George Town Councilman Frank McCoy said Tuesday he had not been interviewed, and that he was suspicious the allegations were politically motivated.

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