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      Comptroller DiNapoli to audit SUNY Upstate following resignation of President David Smith

      <font size="2">Dr. David Smith</font>

      Just one day after SUNY Upstate president Dr. David Smith announced his resignation, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will audit the school.

      DiNapoli's office announced today that it's scheduled an audit of SUNY Upstate Medical University's contracts with MedBest Medical Management Inc.

      "Recent reports of the relationship of the former president of SUNY Upstate Medical University to MedBest have raised significant red flags about this company's contracts with the state," DiNapoli said in a statement to CNYcentral. "My auditors will examine whether SUNY Upstate's use of this single source contract with MedBest is in violation of state law and identify if any abuse occurred."

      SUNY Upstate has a $22 million contract with MedBest to provide technical support for electronic medical record and practice management systems that are being implemented.

      Smith resigned as president on Thursday amid allegations that he padded his pay without permission. He was placed on leave earlier in the week. In a letter from November 1, SUNY Chancellor Zimpher alerted Smith to a review of his income, saying he accepted $349,295 from outside sources without her approval.