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September 5, 2008

DiNapoli: 2,421 New State Contracts in August

Open Book New York Recipient of NYS Forum Best Practice Award

The state entered into 2,421 new contracts in August 2008, totaling approximately $613 million, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Details regarding these contracts can be found in Open Book New York.

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

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

  • $30,253,000 contract between the Department of Transportation and ECCO III Enterprises, Inc. for a construction project in Rockland County.
  • $22,203,388 grant between the Department of Health and Bellevue Women’s Medical Center, Inc.
  • $17,866,000 contract between SUNY Upstate Medical University and Medquist Transcriptions LTD for medical transcription services.
  • $17,182,200 contract between the Department of Transportation and Wellsbach Electric Corporation for an intelligent transportation system and lighting along theWantagh State Parkway.

Open Book New York has been selected to receive a NYS Forum Best Practice Award for 2007-2008 in the Policy category, for its excellence in effective implementation of information technology to meet business goals in New York State. Best Practices Awards are given annually to a limited number of New York state and local government agencies in recognition of their efforts to improve government services through the use of effective information management.

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

About Open Book New York
Open Book New York ( is an easy-to-use Web site to give taxpayers unprecedented access to the financial information of state government. The Web site contains searchable databases of more than 60,000 state contracts and spending for more than 100 state agencies and public authorities. State contract data is updated nightly and state spending data is updated quarterly. All the available information can be loaded as a PDF file or an Excel spreadsheet.




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