DUNKIRK – Mayor A. J. Dolce says the city will be taking corrective action in response to a State Comptroller’s audit of the city’s Community Development Block Grant program.
As suggested by the audit, the mayor said the city will start issuing monthly reports to the Common Council on the status of the block grant program.
Dolce also indicated the city will have a written agreement on the administration of the grant funds.
Regarding financial decisions, Dolce said a list of purchases and expenses will be sent by email each month to the Dunkirk Local Development Corp., mayor and Common Council.
Dolce acknowledged that the city is looking into past payments.
The audit report said: “The Council should discuss with the city attorney’s office whether the city could require the DLDC to recover unauthorized payments made to the DLDC chairman and DLDC treasurer.”
The mayor said there is an investigation involving the attorney’s office, the Department of Development, other city officials and consultants hired by the city.
The audit also criticized the process by which funds were distributed. As a result, the mayor said that more public meetings will be held with more announcements about funding availability.
Dolce said he hopes the city’s response to Albany will adequately address the deficiencies in the administration of block grant funds.