Del Gallo asks for audit of REMS

Letter to Rotterdam residents on tax district vote still pending

Supervisor Frank Del Gallo has expressed interest in performing an independent audit of Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services' ALS billing practices, which were recently brought up at a town board meeting.

Town Attorney Joseph Liccardi wrote the letter to REMS, dated Nov. 17, under the direction of the supervisor. In the letter, Liccardi said Del Gallo would introduce a resolution during the upcoming board meeting on Dec. 8 for the independent audit.

As the town of Rotterdam currently subsidizes REMS at the level of $10,000 a month, it is imperative that the tax payers receive a complete and accurate financial picture if REM's operations, wrote Liccardi in the letter.

Why the supervisor decided to perform the audit now baffled David Cote, chief of operations at REMS.

"The timing is interesting of it all," said Cote. "If they are that concerned about it they should have done it back before they voted to pass the resolution for the (tax district) vote."

The tax district vote is scheduled for Dec. 14, which provides little time for the audit to be completed before the vote.

"We welcome the audit, we have said that all along," said Cote. "We have been open with everything form the Rotterdam Town Board."

While the letter seeks all ALS billing information dating back to 2002, Cote noted REMS wasn't formed until late 2004. He added that a year or two ago the previous board had performed an audit.

"What has happened with it is over the years there was a agreements in place to do the ALS billings in town and as time went on administrators wanted to put that on the back burner till we came up with a formal agreement, but it never seemed to happen," said Cote.

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