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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Press Releases

May 5, 2015, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

DiNapoli Announces State Contract and Payment Actions for March 2015

Comptroller to Release Legislative Travel and Per Diem Spending Quarterly

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today his office approved 2,178 contracts valued at $2.9 billion and approved more than 2.8 million payments worth more than $19.7 billion in March. His office also rejected 230 contracts and related transactions valued at $364.5 million and nearly 5,000 payments valued at more than $12.3 million due to fraud, waste or other improprieties. DiNapoli also announced that his office will report on legislative spending for travel and per diems on a quarterly basis.

In total (year-to-date) for calendar year 2015, DiNapoli’s office has approved 5,541 contracts valued at $6.2 billion and approved more than 6.6 million payments worth nearly $38.2 billion. His office has also rejected 624 contracts and related transactions valued at $2.2 billion and nearly 12,000 payments valued at more than $22 million.

As the state’s chief financial officer, DiNapoli’s office reviews contracts for all state agencies and certain contracts for state public authorities and audits all state payments. This independent review ensures that costs are reasonable, the playing field is level and taxpayers get the best value for their money. The independent audits ensure payments are free from fraud, waste and improprieties. The Comptroller’s office averaged 8 days for contract reviews in March and two days to audit payments.

DiNapoli releases this monthly notice to provide current information about the number and types of contracts and payments entered into by the state. This builds on his commitment to added transparency via his Open Book New York website.

Legislative Travel and Per Diem Expenses

Legislative travel and per diem expenses for calendar years 2013 and 2014, and year-to-date expenses for calendar 2015, are posted in the Comptroller's reading room. This information will be updated quarterly.

Significant Transactions for March 2015:

Major Contracts Approved

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $15.1 million for 52 grant awards statewide for the Domestic Violence program.
  • $6.3 million for seven grants for the Advantage After-School Program.
  • $1.2 million with 2-1-1 New York, Inc. for information and referral services.

Community Dispute Resolution

  • $322.8 million with three Legal Aid groups across the state for law guardian programs.
  • $7.7 million for 13 contracts for drop-in child care at Community Dispute Resolution Centers and courts.

Office of the State Comptroller

  • $58.1 million for three separate multi-year standby contracts for Oracle PeopleSoft IT services.

State Education Department

  • $57.1 million with the New York City School District for Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers.

Office of General Services

  • $115,000 with Digits, LLC for digital forensic consulting services related to the federal investigation of the Moreland Commission.

Department of Health

  • $26.5 million with Cognosante, LLC for quality assurance services for Medicaid Administrative Services and related Medicaid systems.

New York Convention Center Operating Corporation

  • $25 million with Service America Corp. for food and beverage concessions at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

  • $1.1 million with United Cerebral Palsy Association for Family Support Services.

State University of New York

  • $10 million with Newmark & Co. Real Estate, Inc. for real estate services for START-UP NY.
  • $10 million with Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. for real estate services for START-UP NY.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $5.5 million with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for design services for reconstruction of I-95 from Port Chester to the Connecticut state line.
  • $4 million with Bergmann Associates Architects and Engineers for highway and bridge work in the Buffalo region.

Department of Transportation

  • $102.3 million for 21 bridge work contracts including replacement, inspection, cleaning, repair and maintenance, including $23.7 million with Weeks Marine, Inc. for critical bridge work in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
  • $15.6 million with Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors for various bridge replacements on State Rte. 73 in the Town of Keene, Essex County.
  • $12.5 million with Norfolk Southern Railway Co. for Genesee River railroad bridge replacement in Livingston and Wyoming Counties
  • $10 million with Nichols Long & Moore Construction Corp. for repair of the Route 400 bridge at Route 240, Erie County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds

  • $1.3 billion for 1.3 million personal income tax refunds.
  • $93.7 million for 19,000 corporate and other refunds.
  • $11.5 million for 27,000 property tax freeze credits.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $1 million to Lighthouse International for comprehensive services for the blind.

New York State Council on the Arts

  • $600,000 to New York Foundation for the Arts for cultural services.

Department of Economic Development

  • $86,000 to the University of Rochester for the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovative Accelerator Challenge program.
  • $63,000 to Tractus Asia Ltd. for business development and related services in China.
  • $37,000 to IBDG Ltd. for economic development services in major European markets.

Department of Education

  • $789,000 to Public Consulting Group Inc. to develop Common Core learning standards.

New York State Gaming Commission

  • $4.1 million to nine counties for tribal compact payments.

Department of Health

  • $935,000 to Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute for spinal cord injury research.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

  • $4.9 million to Adjusters International, Inc. for disaster relief services.

New York State Legislature – Assembly

  • $8,000 to Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP for legal services.

New York State Legislature – Senate

  • $279,000 to Kirkland & Ellis LLP for legal services.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $25.8 million in federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits to assist more than 58,000 New Yorkers with home heating or heat-related emergencies.

Department of Transportation

  • $4.2 million to the City of New York for rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York State Urban Development Corporation

  • $1 million to the Empire State Development Corporation for Fulton County to redevelop the former Tryon Park Juvenile Detention Facility into a business park.

Local Government Assistance

  • $63.5 million to ten cities for the Aid and Incentives Municipalities (AIM) Program.

Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

The Comptroller’s rejection of nearly 5,000 payments valued at more than $12.3 million included more than 3,000 tax refunds valued at more than $6.7 million. DiNapoli’s auditors also recovered nearly $217,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of more than $1.3 million pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Open Book New York

For access to billions of dollars in state and local government spending and nearly 50,000 state contracts, visit http://www.openbooknewyork.com/. The easy-to-use website was created by Comptroller DiNapoli to promote openness in government and provide taxpayers with better access to the financial workings of government.

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