PLATTSBURGH — The final findings of a deeper look at City of Plattsburgh credit-card uses are expected to be released next week.

Although he will not confirm the results of the audit, Mayor Donald Kasprzak indicated that former Mayor Daniel Stewart may be asked to reimburse the city for “several thousands of dollars” of travel expenses.

“I still have some questions about this, and there are some things I need to verify with the former mayor,” Kasprzak said. “I am not accusing anybody of any wrongdoing, but there are some questions that remain.”

He would not say for certain whether Stewart would be asked to pay the city back, but he did say that legitimate receipts for some of the travel are not available and that some travel did not appear to have Plattsburgh Common Council approval.

Stewart served as mayor from Jan. 1, 2000, to June 23, 2006, when he left to become chairman of the State Commission on Corrections.

He said Wednesday that he won’t comment on the situation until Kasprzak goes public with the findings.

“I’ll wait to see what he has before I say anything,” Stewart said.

Kasprzak asked the state to audit the city shortly after he took office last January. The draft report, which came out in July, showed that there was little or no oversight of city credit-card use and that an abundance of credit cards were issued.

The audit covered a 21-month period from Jan. 1, 2005, to Sept. 30, 2006. Kasprzak then asked for the period to be extended going back to 2003.

Stewart, who made frequent trips to Montreal, Albany and New York City in behalf of the city, racked up thousands of dollars in credit-card bills.

In July, he defended his travel, saying average hotels can cost as much as $400 a night in New York City.

He also said the Common Council was informed of all his trips.

Kasprzak plans to hold a news conference sometime next week to release the findings of the extended look at Stewart’s credit-card use, as well as other year-end issues.



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