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State Comptroller: Upstate Medical University paid for two presidents at the same time

Central New York’s largest employer, Upstate Medical University, is being called out by the New York State Comptroller for paying high-level employees millions of dollars for work that can’t be accounted for, wasn’t useful or wasn’t good.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office conducted an audit of Upstate Medical University, which is part of the SUNY system, and reviewed work assignments and salaries between January of 2015 and June of 2019.

The audit claims, “Upstate paid 12 employees a total of $4.7 million in additional compensation for work beyond their regular job duties, but did not maintain adequate documentation to support either the basis for the dollar amount or the additional duties that employees were tasked with.”

The findings by the State Comptroller indicate a lack oversight for these jobs that allow taxpayer money to be misspent.

Of 38 work assignments reviewed, 20 of them, with a payroll total of $940,000, produced work deemed “not useful, of poor quality, or otherwise inadequate by the supervisors.”

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