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Audit: Set up of NY ambulance service using taxpayer money not proper

Commissioners say the service was needed because of increasing medical emergency calls, fewer available volunteer firefighters during critical times of the day to man ambulances, and slower response times


By Lou Michel
The Buffalo News

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Orchard Park Fire District commissioners acted improperly when they provided taxpayer money and public equipment to establish a nonprofit ambulance service, an audit by the state comptroller released Friday determined.

"The fire district made available cash and other assets totaling more than $1.3 million to an organization it had no legal authority to create or subsidize," Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said.

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