- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s comptroller says five special education programs overcharged the state $6.7 million for expenses that weren’t eligible for public money.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office released several audits Monday. The office regularly audits special education providers who receive public funds. Inappropriate reimbursements are not approved.

Buffalo-based Gateway-Longview school says it changed its operations and management before the audit was released. DiNapoli’s office says the agency requested nearly $2 million for contracts with companies tied to members of the school’s board.

An Orange County provider allegedly billed the state for holiday parties and personal laundry bills.

A Brooklyn provider allegedly sought reimbursements for work that wasn’t done. The Children’s Center for Early Learning disputed the findings.

Two organizations in New York City and Long Island were also criticized for ineligible charges.

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