David J. Moynihan, a past president of the New York State Society of CPAs and audit partner at the Bonadio Group’s Syracuse office, died early Friday morning after a nearly year-long battle with cancer.

Moynihan was president of the NYSSCPA from 2009 to 2010. "Today is a sad day for the New York State Society of CPAs," said NYSSCPA president Scott M. Adair in a statement. "The loss of David is being felt by all of us in the Society. Whether it was his sage advice on a matter, a well-timed story during an ethics presentation, or his quick smile with a laugh, we have all felt the touch of David Moynihan, a true gentlemen and leader. Please keep David's family in your thoughts and prayers."

Moynihan's presidency was one of transition and transformation for the 118-year-old CPA society, the NYSSCPA noted. New York State had just passed the Accountancy Reform Law, the first significant amendment to the law that regulates the CPA profession in New York State in more than 50 years, and Moynihan was at the Society's helm as the State Education Department drafted and adopted its implementing regulations.

He also represented the NYSSCPA as the state drafted the rules for New York's first peer review oversight program, which also emerged from the reform law. He was one of the first CPAs to be appointed to the state's Quality Review Oversight Committee, the body charged with monitoring the state's mandatory peer review program for public accounting firms.

Under Moynihan's leadership, the NYSSCPA Board of Directors voted unanimously to support cross-border practice mobility, a provision of the Uniform Accountancy Act that had not been written into the reform law. That was in January 2010. By September 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had signed a bill that allowed cross-border practice mobility in New York, one of only a handful of states that had not yet adopted the standard.

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