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April 6, 2021

County’s financial outlook detailed in report to international accounting organization


(ERIE COUNTY, NY) – The Office of Erie County Comptroller, under the leadership of Stefan I. Mychajliw, Jr., has been nationally recognized again for its financial reporting excellence.  The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) award, given by the Government Finance Officers Association, is a national organization that bestowed this recognition on Comptroller Mychajliw and his team for excellence in accounting.

“I have a tremendous, dedicated staff that works incredibly hard every single day on behalf of taxpayers.  They are doing phenomenal work during this pandemic while working remotely.  Under my leadership our team held politicians accountable and modernized our accounting practices.  It is an honor to win this national accounting award yet again.  It’s a testament to the efforts  of our team to have one of the top national accounting agencies honor us with this award,” said Comptroller Mychajliw. 

The GFOA notified Comptroller Mychajliw that his office’s comprehensive financial report for fiscal year 2019 was recognized with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting    The program was established 76 years ago as a way of encouraging local governments to provide financial reports that demonstrate transparency and full disclosure. 

The dedicated employees who make this recognition possible include Deputy Comptroller Greg Gach,  Senior Application Systems Specialist Cheryl Mekarski, Director of Accounting Services John Solecki,  senior accounting analysts Stephen Dowling, Ryan Glaser, Kelly Terranova, and Lisa Tranquilli, and accounting analysts Sreedevi Cheruvu, Betsy Hall, and Peter Dufresne.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting and has been awarded to the Office of Erie County Comptroller every year since Stefan Mychajliw has been in office.

“I’m proud of the effort my team puts forth every day to ensure Erie County taxpayers know how their dollars are being spent.  My office provides an easy to understand accounting of what politicians do with your money.  The transparency that the report provides has resulted in our receiving this award each year," concluded Comptroller Mychajliw.

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