DOT failed to report travel expenses

According to an audit released on Tuesday by the New York State Comptroller, Thomas Dinapoli, eight state employees received nearly $321,000 for travel expenses between 2007 and 2011. According to Dinapoli, the Department of Transportation violated IRS Guidelines by failing to report $227,000 of the money that was paid to employees working on plans for the new Tappan Zee Bridge to cover their commute, which is about 55 miles from the designated project offices in Tarrytown. A spokesman for the Department of Transportation, Beau Duffy stated that the DOT makes all their reimbursements with the State’s best interests in mind and that the payments are from the previous administration. According to the audit, they continued nine months into the first year of the current one. Both the Comptroller and the DOT agreed that the issues would be addressed and cleared up.

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