BRADLEY BEACH — The borough’s 2019 audit is still not complete as of Tuesday, the borough’s chief finance officer told the borough council.

The lateness of the audit report, which helps the borough formulate its future budget and was due in September, has roiled members of the borough council. Council President Al Gubitosi, the borough’s liaison to the finance committee, said that a complaint against the auditor has been made to the state.  

Sandra Rice, the borough’s CFO, said that the borough’s previous auditor Gerard Stankiewicz, of the firm Samuel Klein and Company, has sent most of the financial information that she needs to close out the 2019 books but “needless to say we are a little bit behind.”

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“The previous auditor has still been asking me for information as recently as yesterday; he sent an auditor letter for me and [Borough Administrator David Brown II] to review and about some of the projects taking place in 2019 and whether those projects have been closed out,” she said. “We are getting close … but I do not have a completed audit as of today.”

Council President Gubitosi said that he has filed a complaint against Mr. Stankiewicz with the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy.

In a letter addressed to the borough on Aug. 24, 2020, Mr. Stankiewicz had reported that he had issues reconciling some of the borough’s accounts, including the current fund, the sewer utility and the beach utility, through Dec. 31, 2019. Mr. Stankiewicz conducted 2017 and 2018 borough audits, and on both occasions, he delivered recommendations for changes. 

In May of 2020, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Local Government Services extended the deadline for auditors to submit county and municipal audit reports, from June 30 to Sept. 30 due to the state of emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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