Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:16
As Saddle Rock Mayor Dan Levy testified at a recent trial where former village trustee candidate Sasha Masri was on trial for allegedly attacking the mayor, the trial suddenly turned to a village audit and allegations involving Mayor Levy. And while Masri was found guilty of one out of five charges, attempted assault in the third degree, the mayor is fighting off the financial attacks levied on him.
A Village of Saddle Rock spokesman issued the following statement to the Great Neck Record: “Administrative and accounting practices utilized by the Village of Saddle Rock for over the past 20 years have been modified to conform to sound current day practices, and to reflect the suggestions of an independent auditor’s report. Every department of village government, including but not limited to the village court, has changed its practices and protocols to be in compliance with suggested modifications. The citizens of Saddle Rock deserve the best, representative government possible, and village officials will settle for nothing less. As to recent events, it must be stressed that there is no basis of support for any allegations of illegality or malfeasance within village government occurring prior to implementation of these modifications.”
Having reviewed several letters from auditors Satty, Levine & Ciacco to the village, the Record’s review of these letters indicates that while the auditors’ reports and letters did indicate some areas of concern (i.e. disbursements and record keeping regarding village expenditures), the village acknowledges that such deficiencies have been remedied. For example, they now have invoices distributed to the mayor and all of the trustees and are each individually signed by two members of the village board of trustees and currently all checks require two signatures.
As for issues regarding village court revenues, all reports are now filed in a timely manner and all cash receipt are deposited in a timely manner. In addition, reports indicate that questions regarding deposits and bank statements have been solved at this point.
The village’s surplus for 2012 stood at close to a quarter of a million dollars. And with such extra funds, the village was able to use $191,000 to repave roads, then file for and receive CHIPS funds, and, thus then have the ability to repave even more roads.
To date, no charges have been filed against Mayor Levy, nor have any charges been filed against the Village of Saddle Rock.
During the period of the assault trial, Elizabeth Kase, an attorney for the mayor, had told the Record that the financial allegations were an attempt to “deflect attention from (the alleged attack).”