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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli talks about findings of a statewide audit of nursing homes during a news conference on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. State auditors say the New York Health Department has been slow to penalize nursing homes for violations, often choosing not to levy fines or taking several years to actually impose them. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the defendant in the lawsuit. Photo: Mike Groll/AP

The auditing powers of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was the subject of debate Thursday at the New York Court of Appeals, which will decide if his office has to get permission from patients before their records are sought to probe the state’s payments to a medical provider.

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at dmclark@alm.com.

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