After lack of recent financial records, Frankfort welcomes new strategy, new town supervisor

Glenn Asnoe is preparing to walk into a role that hasn't been held by anyone other than Joseph Kinney for two decades.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 11:49 PM
Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 9:51 AM

FRANFORT, N.Y. - Glenn Asnoe is preparing to walk into a role that hasn't been held by anyone other than Joseph Kinney for two decades.

"How that's going to work out, I don't know, because there hasn't been a transition period for town supervisor in many years," Asnoe said. "So there's no one on the board that's familiar with how we're going to do it."

An already difficult transition is encumbered by the fact that Frankfort's finances haven't been properly recorded since 2013.

"Well first of all, we have to find out exactly where we stand," Asnoe said. "You can't look back, you have to look forward. So we've got to learn from our mistakes in the past and correct them and move forward."

Kinney resigned from the position in September, following an audit from the New York State Comptroller's Office. Asnoe defeated the interim supervisor and council member John Wallace on election day.

The town board hired an outside accounting firm to sift through the town's finances for the past four years. Though board members say no funds appear to be mismanaged, seeking professional assistance in bookkeeping is a practice Asnoe plans to continue.

"I would really like to keep an outside agency doing the books and I would really like to look at actually having some type of budget officer," Asnoe said.

Another problem Asnoe wants to address is the fact that Kinney had complete control over the town's finances, as per the state's definition of supervisor.

In fact, the first thing Asnoe says he wants to do with his newly-bestowed power is give some of it away.

"We could get the implementation in place for checks and balances in place, so that the things that are supposed to be done are being done in a timely manner," Asnoe said.

At Thursday night's meeting, Asnoe learned more about the financial framework with which he'll start his administration.

The town board passed a budget Thursday that maintains the 2017 tax rate.

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