Mineola, NY - Comptroller George Maragos released an audit of Superstorm Sandy debris removal monitoring work performed by Gibbons, Esposito and Boyce, P.C. (“GEB”) under a $385,478 County contract, which found that the vendor may have provided less than professional services and underpaid all of its Field Monitors a total of over $17,000. The majority of the Field Monitors were paid $13.00, when the Law requires at least $15.21 - $15.50 an hour, during the two-year audit period. The auditors were given only two of the eight Field Monitor personnel files to verify that training and qualifications met the minimum contract requirements. The two personnel files provided were college students. The audit covered the period of March 2014 through May 2015.
“Although we are pleased to hear that GEB has agreed to pay back wages, we are less than satisfied with the level of professionalism exhibited by the company and the qualifications of the staff employed” said Comptroller Maragos. “Furthermore, the company’s response by their attorneys appears evasive and raises questions regarding awarding future contracts to this company.”
The major findings of the audit were as follows:
GEB replied through their attorneys that they were exempt from the County’s Living Wage Law. The auditors disagree and referred to their contract terms. GEB did, however, offer to pay the employees the Living Wage underpayment. The audit will be referred to the County Attorney and the District Attorney for further review.
The Nassau County Living Wage Law was enacted by the Nassau County Legislature in 2006 to raise the minimum wage of employees working for most of the County’s contractors and for County employees. The Comptroller’s Office is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Law. The Living Wage is currently $13.73 per hour for employees receiving health benefits, or $15.78 per hour for employees without health benefits.
For a copy of the report please connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos online: