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Audit finds poor planning cost New York millions. But there’s more to the story.

Poor planning by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration cost taxpayers more than $12 million in overruns as the state began building rest areas with a tourism focus across New York, according to a new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office.

But one of the Comptroller's Office employees overseeing the review was arrested for placing a GPS tracking device on a woman's car while the audit was taking place, leading the state Department of Transportation to question the report's findings.

The audit released late last month paints an unflattering picture of the DOT's ability to plan and follow its own procedures as it sought to build an I Love NY Welcome Center — a rest area with a tourism focus — in each of the state's 10 regions.

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