Mayor presses for action on grant proposal

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone is asking the Board of Aldermen to act on a proposal he submitted Aug. 16 to expand the city’s abilities to require grant recipients to adopt conflict-of-interest codes similar to those that govern municipal officials. The proposed changes would also give the city direct audit oversight over grantees as well as explicit authority to suspend disbursements to, and recover funds from, organizations that violate the ordinance. “The federal and state agencies that provide grant funds still have the final call on auditing and regulating their use, but we think these changes will help protect the city’s and the taxpayers’ interests whenever grant recipients find ways to profit illicitly from public funding,” Curtatone said

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