Welcome to the Suffolk County
Comptroller’s Office

Department of Audit and Control

Long Island, NY

portrait of the Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy

Dear Suffolk County Resident:

Welcome to the Office of the Suffolk County Comptroller. We are here to serve you in any way possible. We strive to do so, each and every day, in a professional and respectful manner, for you deserve no less than that from your county government. As the Chief Investment Officer for Suffolk County, it is our sworn duty to protect the assets of the county and its nearly 1.5 million residents. We also administer the collection of delinquent property taxes, the county hotel/motel tax, and bail, while at the same time maintaining and protecting the records of the nearly 600,000 property tax parcels in the county.

The Comptroller’s Office monitors daily bank balances, makes certain that all cash balances are fully collateralized by our authorized depositories; ensures that all cash transactions, including federal and state aid and sales tax wire deposits are promptly, and accurately, recorded in the County’s ledger and subsequent databases;  acts, pursuant to state law, as the custodian of trust and agency monies such as bail, surplus court action, social services, and mortgage tax and community preservation funds; wires all debt services payments, restricts fund for short-term debt, and maintains cash balance data for all capital projects. In addition, this office administers the County’s tax lien sale and tax deed undertakings; and is responsible for the administration, billing, and record keeping of properties covered by bankruptcy proceedings.

We offer a series of information brochures on a variety of tax-related issues ranging from general property tax information to issues concerning bail, property tax exemptions, assessments, property tax payment options, and the Star program. 

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Comptroller News

Long Island ABATE Ride Event

May 1, 2022 - Comptroller Kennedy and his wife, Legislator Leslie Kennedy at the Long Island ABATE Ride with Chris Beckhans, Chapter Director and others. This was the 13th annual ride to promote motorcycle awareness and safety in our community. ABATE also raises money to support Veterans and important advocacy work.


Royal Rangers of Outpost 149 celebrating four recipients of the Gold Medal of Achievement

April 24, 2022 - Smithtown Town Clerk Vincent Puleo, Legislator Leslie Kennedy, Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr. and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick joined the Royal Rangers of Outpost 149 to celebrate four recipients of the Gold Medal of Achievement. This is the highest honor a Royal Ranger can earn after years of participating in rigorous programs, performing community service and meeting all requirements. Congratulations!


comptroller speaking at Jake's 58 to raise funds for Ukraine

On March 22nd, 2022, Comptroller Kennedy attended Jake’s 58 Casino Hotel Press Conference announcing a $10,000 donation to Northwell Health’s Center for Global Health to benefit their Ukraine Relief Fund. This donation will be used to deliver medical supplies to the Ukrainian people. Anthony Pancella III, the President and CEO of Suffolk Regional OTB, and his team have also coordinated additional donations to be collected through the month of April. Jake’s 58 “Donate Your Change” program enables generous patrons to help make a difference for the people of Ukraine.


an eagle scout ceremony

On March 13, 2022, Boy Scout Troop 7 held an Eagle Court of Honor. Five young men successfully completed volunteer service projects to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Here they are pictured with NYS Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta, NYS Senator Mario R. Mattera and Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr. Comptroller Kennedy and his fellow government officials celebrated these Scouts’ dedication and acknowledged their achievements by presenting them with proclamations.


Lane Filler from Newsday covered the work we’ve been doing to make sure LIPA pays its fair share of taxes. In the second article down in this edition of The Point, Newsday helps bring to light the issue and our efforts.

When Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy spoke at a rally against the Long Island Power Authority earlier this week, the Republican candidate for county executive made a point others have not raised: if LIPA wins its legal challenge to the property taxes on the Northport Power Plant, the Town of Huntington will have to pay the refund owed in the long run, but the county is required to advance the money.

WE WILL GLADLY PAY YOU TUESDAY FOR $700M TODAY!

COMPTROLLER'S AUDIT DIVISION SUCCESSFULLY PEER REVIEWED

The focus of the peer review was to determine if the Audit Division has been conducting its audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards (GAS) as promulgated by the Comptroller General of the United States.

Comptroller’s Audit Division Successfully Peer Reviewed

COMPTROLLERS OFFICE RECEIVES TOP GFOA AWARD FOR 33RD YEAR IN A ROW

Comptroller Kennedy: “this award not only demonstrates the dedication and professionalism of our organizations Accounting Department, it also gives us the credibility we need with Wall Street Bond Rating Agencies to borrow at lower interest rates in the future”

Comptrollers Office Receives Top GFOA Award for 33rd Year in a row

HOSTEL ENVIRONMENT

Original article published by David Winzelberg of Long Island Business News on September 30, 2016.

Hostel Environment

COMPTROLLER SENDS LETTER TO LIPA BOARD OF TRUSTEES ASKING THEM TO REJECT RATE HIKE

LIPA Board of Trustees Letter

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Press Releases

Comptroller Kennedy earns NACo 2022 Achievement Award for Financial Management

Certificate of Residence Program is Now Fully Automated

Comptroller’s Audit Nets Suffolk County $2.6 Million in Pharmacy Benefit Recoveries

IRS Rules on County Septic System Grants

Download IRS Ruling on Septic System Grants Here

Kennedy Modernizes Comptroller’s Office

Comptroller Kennedy Stands Up To LIPA

Kennedy Instructs PSEG Rate Changes for 13 County Sites for Actual Savings

Comptroller's Hotel/Motel Tax Initiative

Suffolk Earns Top National Finance Award for 32nd Consecutive Year

Comptroller Kennedy Speaks at the Teachers Federal Credit University Business Clinic

Comptroller Kennedy Urges LIPA Board of Trustees To reject the Department of Public Service Recommendations and Examine their own Authoritative Role

Gregory, League of Women Voters Host Student Day

Comptroller Kennedy Keeps it Local at 59th Cutchogue Fire Department Barbecue

Comptroller Kennedy Enjoys the Local Food and Music at Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach

Hotel/Motel Tax Audit Reveals Suffolk County Treasurer's Office Unable to Enforce Full Compliance

Comptroller Kennedy Speaks before Port Jeff Chamber of Commerce

Department of Audit & Control Raises Money for Long Island Cares with “No Pants Day” at Comptroller’s Office!

Comptroller Kennedy and Supervisor Romaine call on State Comptroller DiNapoli to Review and Reject PSE&G’s 4% Rate Hike

Consolidation of Audit & Control to be Completed by Years End!

Rain doesn't stop hundreds from honoring 9/11 first responders at memorial wall in Nesconset

Smithtown Town Hall Press Conference 3-22-22

March 25, 2022 - Comptroller Kennedy attends press conference on the steps of Smithtown Town Hall opposing language in the Governor's budget bill that limits the use of natural gas.

Northport VA Conference 3-28-22

March 28, 2022- Comptroller Kennedy attends a press conference with Senator Schumer, County Executive Bellone, Legislator Kennedy and others to oppose the shutdown of Northport VA Medical Center which is Long Island’s only VA Hospital.

Comptroller on a tour of Suffolk County Community College’s Automotive Technology Program

March 31, 2022- The Comptroller joins Legislators in touring Suffolk County Community College’s Automotive Technology Program in Selden. Suffolk’s automotive program is among the best in the nation. Students are prepared for employment as automobile technicians and also as personnel in independent and franchise repair shops and car dealerships.

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Acting Chief Deputy Comptroller:

Phone: 631-853-5040
Email: douglas.sutherland@suffolkcountyny.gov

H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Douglas Sutherland
Acting Chief Deputy Comptroller

Finance and Taxation:

Phone: 631-852-1500
Email: treasurer@suffolkcountyny.gov

Suffolk County Comptroller
330 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Did you know?

There are 1,518,475 people living in the County of Suffolk.

Current Sales Tax

At Suffolk County's widest point the distance from the Long Island Sound to the Southern shore is only 26 miles.

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