New York State Health Department has been sitting on $1M raised to promote organ donation, audit shows


ALBANY — State officials have raised more than $1 million over the past decade to promote organ donation but haven’t spent a penny of it, a new audit released Tuesday revealed.

State Controller Thomas DiNapoli’s audit criticized the state Health Department for sitting on money for the Donate Life Registry, which was raised through the sale of specialized license plates and a check-off box on license application forms.

DiNapoli’s audit also found that a similar special revenue fund run by the Health Department to raise awareness about autism had only spent $37,940 of $108,225 raised.

"New Yorkers who tried to help others did not expect their money to sit unused in a bank account," DiNapoli said. Continue reading
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