By Julie Shapiro
The Battery Park City Authority is hiring a new auditor, three months after a report slammed the authority for wasting $300,000 on parties and fancy lunches.
The authority plans to hire an outside firm to perform its internal audits from now on, to ensure that the audits are independent and thorough, board members said at an Audit Committee meeting Wednesday.
“When you have a person who is part of the organization reporting internally, it is a difficult process,” said Robert Mueller, chairman of the authority’s Audit Committee.
In the past, the authority had an internal auditor, Roy Villafane, who reported to Lisa Miller, vice president of internal audit and compliance.
The inspector general’s scathing report on the authority last December criticized both Villafane and Miller for inappropriately documenting the car and driver perks that former authority Chairman James Gill received.
Miller still works for the authority, but Villafane retired about six months ago and the authority never replaced him.
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