January 24, 2014
Comptroller Maragos: Over 50,000 County Payments To Vendors Are Now Online For Public Review
Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller
George Maragos announced a major update to the availability
of public information today as his office added over
50,000 payments to vendors to be reviewed by the public.
In the interest of full transparency, payments from Jan
1st of 2013 through January 23rd of 2014 (over 50,000)
are available online in an easily sortable and searchable
format. The payments posted include the name of the vendor,
the claim amount, the date it was posted and reference
This follows last week’s posting online of all
County Contracts from 2013 to achieve the highest government
transparency. In keeping with the Comptroller’s
standards of innovation and controlling costs, all the
latest available social media tools are used to achieve
the greatest public access using Facebook, Twitter and
Google Docs. A link to these lists is also on the Comptroller’s
county website. All of the social media utilized to provide
these lists are free to the public and no sign-in is
required. The list will be updated weekly as the Comptroller’s
office receives, reviews, and approves contracts and
claims for payment.
Historically this information would have to be requested
via a Freedom of Information Law request.
“We want to restore the trust of the public
in government and we are going to continue to provide
taxpayers with a snapshot of exactly where their money
is going,” Comptroller Maragos said. “The
list of payments to vendors will serve as a guide to
anyone who has a question or a concern of fraud, waste,
or abuse of County funds. My office has been able to
post all of this information using the latest technology
available to our office at no cost to the taxpayer.”
The only claims that have not
yet been posted are those submitted throughout 2013
from the District Attorney’s
office. The District Attorney requested they be given
the opportunity to review any claims which may contain
confidential information or could pose a security threat
if the information were made public. Upon completion
of their review by the District attorney’s staff
those claims will be posted as well.
Nassau County spent over $700 million
on contracts with hundreds of vendors in 2013. These
vendors provide a range of essential services and products
for taxpayers including road paving, traffic light maintenance,
fraud investigations, social services and transportation
for seniors, the needy and children with special challenges.
office receives thousands of bills submitted by vendors
and pays, after careful review, for the work or product
that was performed according to the contract specifications.
In order to not overwhelm the public, the over 50,000 claims
include payments above $1000 only.
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