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State Comptroller’s Office conducting ongoing audit at ECC

A team of auditors from the New York State Comptroller’s Office has been sifting through the books of Erie Community College for the past several weeks, keeping the college’s longtime chief financial office William D. Reuter and other college officials plenty busy.

Reuter briefly updated the college Board of Trustees about the ongoing audit during the board’s December meeting earlier this week.

“They’re looking at virtually every facet of the college,” Reuter said. “It’s very open ended right now, which makes us a little nervous, but we have nothing to hide. It’s basically carte blanche right now.”

Brian Butry, a spokesman for Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, confirmed that a team of auditors from the Buffalo regional office has been at the college since Oct. 26 and has sought broad information about the college as part of its standard operating procedures.

“Generally speaking, they’ll narrow their focus once they start looking at financial documents,” he said.

The audit is expected to take six to nine months to complete.

The Comptroller’s Office routinely conducts audits of any entity in the state that spends taxpayer dollars, including community colleges.