Ken Cerini

Kenneth R. Cerini, CPA, CFP, FABFA

Managing Partner


(631) 582-1600 x203

Professional Experience:

Ken is the Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP and is the executive responsible for the administration of our educational providers practice group. In addition to his extensive audit experience, Ken has been directly involved in providing consulting services for public, charter, private, and special education facilities of all sizes throughout New York State; including outsourced CFO, cost reporting and rate maximization, assistance with government audits, budgeting and cash management, and more.

Ken has won numerous awards, and has been quoted in publications such as Newsday, Long Island Business News, the Long Island Press, and the New York Times. Ken is the editor for three of the seven newsletters published by the firm, including: The Special ED-ition, written for special education providers, The Report Card, written for private schools, and The NFP Advisor, written for the nonprofit sector.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cost and profitability analysis and operational reviews
  • Budgets and cash flow analysis
  • Cost reporting and reimbursement reviews
  • Contract reviews
  • Merger & acquisition due diligence
  • Compensation reviews and design
  • Assisted with government audits and negotiated settlements with government agencies on behalf of clients
  • Internal audit services (including food programs)
  • Claims audit services
  • High cost STAC billing
  • Litigation Support
  • Compliance audits
  • Uniform Guidance audits
  • Nonprofit Taxation

Key Clients:

  • Special Education Providers
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • School Districts
  • Healthcare

Professional Affiliations:

  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Charter School Audit Guide Committee – NYSED
  • The National Association of Independent Schools
  • NYSSCPA Nonprofit Accounting Committee
  • Past President of The NYSSCPA Suffolk County Board of Directors
  • Nassau County Health Care Committee
  • Chairman of The Suffolk County Nonprofit and Government Accounting Committee
  • Coalition of Behavioral Organizations
  • American Board of Forensic Accountants
  • Treasurer of The Lymphatic Education & Research Network
  • Coalition of Children with Special Needs (Long Island & NYC Chapters)
  • The InterAgency Council
  • Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
  • Association of Children’s Therapeutic Services
  • Founder of the Business ExChange
  • Founding Member of the Nonprofit Resource Hub

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Accounting


Ken graduated from C.W. Post with a B.S. in Accountancy.

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