Auditors Nix $152,000 Bill For Cruise, Picnic

ALBANY (AP) -

New Yorkers won’t be picking up the entire tab for a state mental health contractor’s two-day conference at a yacht club including a five-figure bill for a staff picnic.

Auditors have rejected $152,000 billed by Queens-based PSCH they said had little to do with helping people with mental disabilities, including a sunset cruise, nearly $5,000 for extra guests.

PSCH provides housing and services to people with mental disabilities and was paid $6.8 million by the state for that fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013.

“The rules for conference costs are clear,” state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. “And lavish parties with alcohol, cruises and extra guests are not allowable.”