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Joint Letter on Comptroller Contract Oversight

In addition to urging Legislative Leaders to fund the Redistricting Commission, the League co-signed a letter to the State Legislature asking that they ensure that the final budget makes changes requested by the State Comptroller regarding oversight of state contracts and competitive bidding. The Governor’s executive budget proposed rolling back recently reinstated oversight of SUNY and CUNY contracts. In 2019, the State Comptroller and the Governor entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that brought back the State Comptroller’s ability to pre-audit contracts for SUNY and CUNY.

The League and our good government partners supported this MOU as a means to reduce the risk of corruption in state contracting. The groups asked the Legislature to ensure that the Comptroller’s SUNY and CUNY contract oversight authority is retained, if not expanded.

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