In October, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,722 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $1.39 billion and approved nearly 1.9 million payments worth more than $8.8 billion. The office rejected 195 contracts and related transactions valued at $520 million and nearly 600 payments valued at nearly $161.5 million. More information on these contracts and payments is available at www.openbooknewyork.com.
Major Contracts Approved
Department of Environmental Conservation
- $1.5 million with Land Remediation Inc. for environmental remediation at Glenmere Lake Property, Chester, Orange County.
- $913,000 with The Nature Conservancy to purchase vacant land in Wilton, Saratoga County.
- $1.3 million with Truview BSI for underage sales benchmarking.
Department of Health
- $154.4 million for 32 hunger prevention and nutrition assistance program grants, including $31.4 million to the United Way of New York City, $23.2 million to Food Bank for New York City and $23.7 million to the Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York Inc.
SUNY at Stony Brook
- $4.1 million for temporary clinical services, including $816,000 with Fastaff LLC, $809,000 with Worldwide Travel Staffing Limited and $656,000 with Trustaff Travel Nurses LLC.
- $3 million with Altice Media Solutions Corporation for cable television advertising.
SUNY - Upstate Medical University
- $6.1 with Upstate University Medical Associates at Syracuse Inc. for pediatric and neurology staffing services.
- $5.4 million with Upstate University Medical Associates at Syracuse Inc. for family medicine staffing services.
- $4.5 million with New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. for janitorial services.
Department of Transportation
- $27.2 million with Marcy Excavation Services LLC for parking lot improvements for vehicles and pedestrians at the NYS Fairgrounds in Geddes, Onondaga County.
- $25 million for settlement of litigation with CSX Transportation Inc.
- $17.4 million with Metropolitan Transportation Authority for procurement of 31 buses for the Lower Hudson Valley Transit Link Project.
- $15.7 million with Grace Industries LLC for Rte. 231 safety improvements at Northern State Parkway Interchange, Huntington, Suffolk County.
- $13 million with Intercounty Paving Associates LLC for pavement preservation for Routes I-495, I-87, and I-440, in NYC, Kings, Queens, Richmond and Bronx counties.
- $10.6 million with Intercounty Paving Associates for road resurfacing in Brookhaven, Huntington and Smithtown, Suffolk County.
- $8.9 million with El Sol Contracting ES II Enterprises JV for bridge repairs to the Bronx River Parkway over Morris Park Ave. and 180th Street, Bronx County.
- $7.4 million with Eastern Excavation Inc. for Lower Hudson Transit Link bus station and intersection improvements at various locations in Westchester and Rockland counties.
- $6.8 million with the city of Jamestown for arterial maintenance, Chautauqua County.
- $6.5 million with Union Concrete and Construction Corp. for bridge replacements on I-290 between NY 384 and NY 425 in the Tonawanda, Erie County.
Major Payments Approved
- $784.8 million for 174,000 personal income tax refunds.
- $221.4 million for 20,000 corporate and other refunds.
- $31.8 million for 26,000 property tax freeze credits.
Department of Agriculture and Markets
- $5.2 million to Cornell University for the NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Department of Civil Service
- $26 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program.
Empire State Development Corporation
- $2.2 million to Steuben Area Economic Development Corporation for construction of a health-based education facility and two mixed-use buildings in Corning.
- $893,000 to Buffalo Bills, Inc. for game day operations.
State Education Department
- $4.5 million to Questar Assessment Inc. for the development of NY State Assessments in Elementary/Intermediate Level English Language Arts and Mathematics.
- $1 million to Guidepost Solutions LLC for investigative services related to the Buffalo Billion and SUNY Nano projects.
- $6.9 million to McCann Erickson USA Inc. for marketing services for NYS Lottery products.
- $5.8 million to 18 local governments for Tioga Downs, Rivers and Del Lago casinos for gaming revenue distributions.
- $1.9 million to seven local governments for tribal compact payments.
Office of General Services
- $2.6 million for hourly-based Information Technology services, including $2.1 million to IIT Inc.
Department of Health
- $48 million to Maximus Inc. for the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
- $1.2 million to Kaleida Health Systems for the Essential Healthcare Provider Program.
NYS Legislature - Assembly
- $60,000 to Rossein Associates for outside counsel for independent investigations of sexual harassment.
NYS Legislature - Senate
- $36,000 to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for legal advice and counsel services regarding a gender discrimination complaint.
- $10,000 to Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP for legal services related to a personnel matter.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
- $1.6 million to Weeks Marine Inc. for bulkhead and esplanade reconstruction at Roberto Clemente State Park in Bronx County.
- $508,000 to Scrufari Construction Co. for rehabilitation of the Niagara Falls pavilion building.
State University of New York
- $2.2 million to Welliver McGuire to expand and rehabilitate the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
State University of New York Construction Fund
- $4.4 million to LP Ciminelli to construct and renovate the University of Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Department of Transportation
- $12 million to Granite Construction Northeast Inc. for Phase 2 of work to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge, Kings County.
- $8.4 million to Tully Construction Co Inc. for bridge rehabilitation on the Major Deegan Expressway.
- $7.6 million to Intercounty Paving Associates, LLC for road maintenance at various locations in New York City, Long Island and Staten Island.
- $4.7 million to Crane Hogan Structural Systems Inc. to replace the I-690 Bridge in Onondaga County.
- $3 million to Bette & Cring LLC for bridge maintenance in various counties, and to rehabilitate the Schenectady Rail Station, Schenectady County.
Unified Court System
- $16 million to The Legal Aid Society for Law Guardian Attorney for the Child program, Legal Services to Indigent Criminal Defendants in NYC, and for Elderly Residents of the Bronx at Risk of Eviction.
Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries
The Comptroller's rejection of nearly 600 payments valued at nearly $161.5 million included tax refunds valued at nearly $120,000. The Comptroller's auditors also recovered nearly $98,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of more than $1 million pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.
Cumulatively through October for calendar year 2017, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's office has approved 15,528 contracts valued at $42.8 billion and approved more than 26.1 million payments worth nearly $115 billion. His office has also rejected 1,866 contracts and related transactions valued at $40.67 billion and nearly 21,000 payments valued at nearly $229.9 million.
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.