State to audit Yonkers School District

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi announced Friday he will audit the Yonkers School District. The Westchester District Attorney?s Office and the city inspector general have already scrutinized the financially troubled district.

As part of the audit, the state will take a closer look at payments the school district made to the city's Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Hevesi will investigate a $670,000 transaction in 2002 between the Board of Education and the IDA at a time when the IDA also was funding its campaign to build a minor-league baseball park. That brought about concerns of misappropriation of school money.

The audit comes after a year of scandal in the schools punctuated by former School Superintendent Angelo Petrone's conviction for perjury. The Board of Education recently requested Petrone repay about $10,000 because there was no documentation to show that he was entitled to convert 13 unused vacation days into cash.

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