State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today his office approved 1,468 contracts valued at $2.28 billion and approved nearly 1.8 million payments worth nearly $6.3 billion in July. His office also rejected 142 contracts and related transactions valued at $254 million and more than 800 payments valued at more than $2.7 million due to concerns about fraud, waste or other improprieties.
Cumulatively through July for calendar year 2017, DiNapoli’s office has approved 10,391 contracts valued at $36.41 billion and approved more than 20.4 million payments worth more than $85 billion. His office has also rejected 1,327 contracts and related transactions valued at $29.52 billion and nearly 19,000 payments valued at nearly $50.2 million.
As the state’s chief financial officer, DiNapoli’s office reviews contracts for all state agencies and certain 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. These independent audits also help ensure payments are free from fraud, waste and improprieties.
In July, the Comptroller’s office averaged eight days for contract reviews and two days to audit payments.
DiNapoli releases this monthly notice to provide current information about the number and types of contracts and payments made by the state. This builds on his commitment to added transparency via his Open Book New York website.
Contract and payment actions for July 2017:
MAJOR CONTRACTS APPROVED
Office of Court Administration
- $3.2 million with Mitchell Giurgola Architects LLP for design services, Officers Training Academy, Kings County.
- $2 million with Gilbane Building Company for construction management services, Officers Training Academy, Kings County.
Department of Environmental Conservation
- $6.5 million with Green Thumb Environmental Beautification Inc. for ground maintenance and beautification projects.
- $1.7 million with New York State Industries For The Disabled Inc. for supply and delivery of kiln dried firewood to state campgrounds.
- $1.4 million with Paul Smith’s College of Arts & Sciences for the Adirondack Park Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program.
Office of General Services
- $9.9 million with Rommel Fence LLC to provide recreation area construction, Upstate Correctional Facility, Malone, Franklin County.
- $9 million with Debrino Caulking Assoc. Inc. to provide structural repairs to East Parking Garage, Albany County.
- Agreement with NYS Urban Development Corporation to convey the former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Staten Island to Broadway Stages for $7 million.
- $5.1 million with Schenectady Hardware & Electric Co. Inc. to replace motor control centers, Empire State Plaza, Albany County.
- $3.9 million with Rifenburg Contracting Corp. to provide sanitary and storm lines at Parking Lot E, State Office Building Campus, Albany County.
- $3.8 million with Kingsley Arms Inc. to upgrade water and sewer systems, State Office Building Campus, Albany County.
- $2 million with Chazen Engineering Land Surveying & Landscape Architecture Co. for code compliance review and inspection statewide.
- $2 million with PCC Contracting Inc. for masonry repairs at Empire State Plaza, Albany County.
- $1.4 million with Tioga Construction Company Inc. for dam modifications, Lower Pool Perch River Wildlife Refuge, Jefferson County.
Department of Health
- $52.9 million to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center for capital restructuring financing.
- $49.1 million with Deloitte Consulting LLP for rate and fiscal management consulting.
- $27.7 million to Catholic Health System for capital restructuring financing.
- $6.7 million with Sanofi Pasteur Inc. for pediatric vaccines.
- $5.3 million with Glaxo Smith Kline LLC for pediatric vaccines.
- $4.2 million with Pfizer Inc. for pediatric vaccines.
- $1.1 million for 12 rabies program grants including $236,000 to Westchester County and $127,000 to Tompkins County.
NYS Legislature - Senate
- $7 million lease for Senate print shop with Corporate Woods LLC at 5 Southwoods Boulevard, Albany County.
Division of State Police
- $672,000 amendment to contract with FlightSafety International for Sikorsky helicopter pilot training.
- $541,000 lease with Town of Wappinger for Wappinger State Police Station, Dutchess County.
Department of Transportation
- $317.9 million with Granite Construction Northeast Inc. for Phase 2 of the Kosciuszko Bridge replacement, Westbound Span, Kings County.
- $69.8 million with E. E. Cruz & Company Inc. for design and build bridge replacement, Westchester County.
- $49.4 million with El Sol Contracting & Construction Corp. for design and construction of deck replacements for three bridges in Bronx, Queens and Kings counties.
- $40 million grant to Chemung County for airport improvements.
- $39.8 million grant to Monroe County for airport improvements.
- $38 million grant to Clinton County for airport improvements.
- $35.8 million grant to Syracuse Regional Airport Authority for airport improvements.
- $15.8 million with Skanska Koch Inc. for bridge steel repairs, Robert Moses Causeway over Fire Island Inlet, Suffolk County.
- $8 million with Bette & Cring LLC for replacement of Crescent Ave. & East High St. Bridges over I-87 in Malta/Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County.
Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance
- $116.3 million with Conduent State & Local Solutions Inc. for centralized child support collection and enforcement services.
New York State Urban Development Corporation
- $1.5 million stipend for Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc., for proposal preparation/submission, Javits Center expansion design and construction, NYC.
MAJOR PAYMENTS APPROVED
- $217.6 million for 102,000 personal income tax refunds.
- $130.2 million for 28,000 corporate and other refunds.
- $11.4 million for 26,000 property tax freeze credits.
Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
- $2.1 million to Palladia Inc. for chemical dependency services.
Empire State Development Corporation
- $22 million to The Research Foundation for the State University of New York for purchasing tooling, instruments, licenses and equipment for the AIM Photonics Testing, Assembly and Packaging facility.
- $4.7 million to Buffalo Bills Inc. for working capital and game day operations for the professional football team.
- $4.3 million to Steuben Area Economic Development Corporation for site preparation and construction of a health-based education facility and two mixed use buildings at Corning Community College.
- $2 million to CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity for the creation of the Growing ENtrepreneurs & Innovators in UpState New York (GENIUS NY) business competition.
- $269,000 to Genesee County Industrial Development Agency for infrastructure development for the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP).
- $5.4 million to 18 local governments from Tioga Downs Casino & Racing, Rivers Casino & Resort, and Del Lago Resort & Casino gaming revenue distributions.
- $1.6 million to seven local governments for tribal compact payments.
Office of General Services
- $11.3 million for hourly-based IT services, including $2.7 million to PSI International Inc., $2 million to IIT Inc., and $1.9 million to Knowledge Builders Inc.
- $367,000 to CHA Consulting Inc. for consulting services, including $117,000 for statewide dam inspections and engineering services.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
- $1.3 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the Urban Area Security Initiative.
New York State Legislature – Assembly
- $19,000 to Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP for outside counsel for independent investigations of sexual harassment.
New York State Legislature – Senate
- $12,000 to Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP for legal services for personnel-related matters.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
- $2 million to Weeks Marine Inc. for bulkhead and esplanade reconstruction at Roberto Clemente State Park in Bronx County.
State University of New York
- $1.9 million to Welliver McGuire to expand and rehabilitate the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
- $162,000 to Kelley Drye & Warren LLP for special counsel related to the U.S. Attorney’s investigation of SUNY Polytechnic.
State University of New York Construction Fund
- $7.3 million to LP Ciminelli to construct and renovate the University of Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
- $23,000 to Jersen Construction Group LLC for construction for the University at Albany’s Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC) building.
Department of Transportation
- $11 million to Skanska-Kiewit-Ecco III JV for services associated with the replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge, Kings County.
- $4.7 million to Tully Construction Co Inc. for bridge rehabilitation on the Major Deegan Expressway.
- $2.2 million to Tioga Construction Company Inc. for the replacement of the Rexford Bridge in Saratoga and Schenectady counties.
- $1.7 million to Skanska Koch Inc. to rehabilitate the Gowanus Expressway from 48th Street to the Hugh Carey Tunnel, Kings County.
- $151,000 to CHA Consulting Inc. for consulting services, including $139,000 for high speed rail design services.
PAYMENT REJECTIONS AND OTHER COST RECOVERIES
The Comptroller’s rejection of more than 800 payments valued at more than $2.7 million included tax refunds valued at more than $900,000. DiNapoli’s auditors also recovered nearly $44,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of more than $404,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.
For access to state and local government spending, public authority financial data and information on 135,000 state contracts, visit Open Book New York. The easy-to-use website was created by DiNapoli to promote transparency in government and provide taxpayers with better access to financial data.