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August 13, 2008



DiNapoli: 2,335 New State Contracts in July

Open Book New York Gives Public Unprecedented Access to
More Than 60,000 State Contracts

The state entered into 2,335 new contracts in July 2008, totaling approximately $1.9 billion. Details regarding these contracts can be found in Open Book New York, a new Web site launched in June by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“It’s never been easy for taxpayers to follow where their tax dollars go,” DiNapoli said. “Open Book New York is changing that. Families are watching every dime in their household budgets. Open Book New York lets New Yorkers do the same with their state budget.”

Open Book New York (www.openbooknewyork.com) contains searchable databases of more than 60,000 state contracts and spending for more than 100 state agencies. Contract data is updated nightly.

The largest contracts approved in July include (for specific questions on these contracts, contact the state agency directly):

  • $516,455,000 financing agreement between the Department of Mental Hygiene and the Facilities Development to issue bonds for improvements for the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.
  • $142,630,557 contract between the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and ACS State and Local Solutions for child support centralized collections.
  • $75,000,000 contract between the Office of General Services and IBM Corporation.
  • $58,914,874 contract between the Department of Transportation and Tully Construction Co., Inc., for a pavement project in Queens.
  • $47,336,110 grant between the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and ARC Fulton County Chapter for services.
  • $46,091,768 grant between the Office of Homeland Security and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for transit security.

To download an Excel spreadsheet or PDF file of all new July contracts, go to www.openbooknewyork.com. Click on search state contracts. Select (All State Agencies) and under the advanced search feature the time frame of July 2008.

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