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Panel demands top county aide pay up for purchases

A Westchester County government committee wants a top legislative aide to repay $3,000 that he's believed to have spent on unauthorized items. The Special Committee on Internal Controls and Procedures

News 12 Staff

Aug 6, 2008, 11:21 PM

Updated 5,798 days ago

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A Westchester County government committee wants a top legislative aide to repay $3,000 that he's believed to have spent on unauthorized items.
The Special Committee on Internal Controls and Procedures wants Gary Kriss, chief adviser to Westchester County Legislators Board Chairman Bill Ryan, to produce proof that the purchases were legitimate or pay up. Neither Kriss or Ryan showed at the meeting.
Kriss allegedly spent more than $3,000 over five years on computers, books, software and other items at stores.
"We have a purchasing process here that says you shouldn't go through that activity for things like software and equipment," says committee Chairman Ken Jenkins.
The committee is also suggesting that Kriss pay for calls he made on county cell phones that weren't about county business, and that he forfeit 10 vacation days ? the days he allegedly made those calls.
The Westchester County district attorney is also investigating whether Kriss' actions were criminal.


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