NY auditors say storm equipment unaccounted for

By WKTV News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York auditors say nearly half of the $1.2 million in equipment purchased by the state to keep polling stations open after Superstorm Sandy wasn't received, recovered later or properly disposed of.
In the first of several audits examining the storm response, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Friday the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services needs to improve how it buys and tracks equipment in emergencies.
The division bought $1.2 million in generators, lights and heaters for election polling stations following the fall 2012 storm.
The audit says the agency failed to effectively account for the equipment before distributing it and didn't sufficiently track it or develop a plan to get it back.
The division says it has overhauled procedures and can now account for 708 of the 811 generators.


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