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After Payroll Failure, Mount Vernon Mayor Calls For More Modernized System

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is calling on City Comptroller Maureen Walker to modernize its payroll system.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is calling on City Comptroller Maureen Walker to modernize its payroll system. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Following a payroll snafu that saw many city employees unable to cash their paychecks on Friday, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is calling on the Comptroller Maureen Walker to move to “an electronic, modern payroll system.”

On Friday , Thomas reported that men and women employed by the city had not been paid, citing a payroll error that affected an undisclosed number of workers who were unable to access their money in advance of the holiday weekend.

Following that incident, Thomas said that his administration is working with the bank to ensure all employees are able to access their paychecks and urging Walker’s office to transition to a more modern payroll system “so a situation like this does not happen again,” saying that “manual input systems are susceptible to human error.”

Thomas said that in 2015, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued a critical audit of the current payroll processing system, stating that the state “found that some workers were being overpaid, and some were being underpaid, and there was no uniform method of tracking payroll." He said that some workers were paid on days they didn’t even show up for work.

“It’s been over two years since New York State delivered its request that the Comptroller’s office automate payroll and it’s time for the city to modernize its systems,” he stated. “Our firefighters, police officers, and public works employees work day in and day out for the people of Mount Vernon. They expect, and deserve, prompt compensation.”

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