Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks are battling over a series of audits that were critical of the county.
Brooks, a Republican, said the audits are partisan attacks. DiNapoli, a Democrat, said his reviews are free of politics.
DiNapoli has conducted three audits over the past year that questioned the county’s use of local development corporations to handle public services. The latest, last month, accused a company run by the county’s former financial officer of getting special treatment to win a lucrative contract. …
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