By Stephen E. Lipken
Dean Reben, Chairperson, New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Committee, presented the Edward A. (Ted) Murphy Scholarship Awards to students Timothy Bergamini; Lily Flynn; Sarah Flynn; Abiel Hernandez; Jake Logan; Jane McCauley; Alexa Ostrager; Jillian Pearson and Steven Ryder at the Tuesday, June 11th City Council Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting.
According to Reben, criteria for selection included athletic excellence, grade point average and a required essay. Their activities ranged from baseball, basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, football, soccer, softball, swimming, track/field and wrestling.
Sarah Flynn raised $23,000 with “Laps for Love” at Iona Prep on September 9, 2018, donating the money to “Right to Play,” a global organization using the power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity; McCauley is President of Students Advocating Life Without Substance Abuse (SALSA). Ostrager is Co-President of her NRHS Habitat for Humanity student chapter.
Earlier, CPA Timothy Doyle, Partner, The Bonadio Group, Albany, appeared with Mark Zulli, Finance Commissioner and Michael Lewis, Deputy Finance Commissioner, discussing the City’s Audit results, including Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), Uniform Guidance Audit of Federal Awards expended (Federal Grant Guidance). A NYS DOT State Single Audit is needed if the City spends at least $100,000 in State DOT Funds.
“On the CAFR audit there is an audited opinion whether financial statements are fairly stated in all respects; we issued an unmodified opinion, the highest that can be given. The Governmental Auditing Standards Report has two specific areas: 1) internal controls over financial recording, no weaknesses were noted; 2) compliance with laws, grants and contracts.
“This year we looked at your Section 8 Housing and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) small cities programs and issued an unmodified opinion…,” Doyle stated.
In other news, an Ordinance was passed, accepting a $2,000 grant from Westchester County Board of Legislators for National Night Out Open House, enhancing the relationship between youths, residents and NRPD, slated for Tuesday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Police Department parking lot.