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State Contract and Payment Actions in July

August 31, 2018

In July, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,451 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $1.2 billion and approved nearly 1.9 million payments worth more than $8.7 billion. The office rejected 178 contracts and related transactions valued at $180 million and more than 4,000 payments valued at nearly $2.5 million. Information on these contracts and payments is available at www.openbooknewyork.com.

Major Contracts Approved

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $1.5 million to Aurora of Central New York, Inc. for a pre-college program to assist those who are legally blind.
  • $1.3 million with Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc. for training related to the sanctuary model of trauma-responsive treatment for children.

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $1.9 million with Kenyon Press, Inc. for preparation and shipping of the New York State Conservationist magazine.
  • $1.7 million with Sierra Delta Contracting, LLC for Nicks Lake Campground shower and utility building improvements in Old Forge, Herkimer County.

Office of General Services 

  • $12 million with TDX Construction Corp. for construction management services.
  • $9 million with FPI Mechanical, Inc. to provide underground chilled water and steam piping at the W. Averell Harriman State Office Campus in Albany.

Department of Health

  • $45 million for Medicaid transportation management services, including $40 million with Medical Answering Services, LLC and $5 million with Logisticare Solutions, LLC.
  • $1.9 million with The Urban Institute for simulation modeling for the New York Health Insurance Exchange.

Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation

  • $4 million with Meyer Contracting Corp. for sewage treatment system and parking improvements at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County.
  • $3 million with Jorrey Excavating, Inc. to replace the wastewater treatment plant at East Harriman State Park in Orange and Rockland counties.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $39 million with Yonkers Contracting Co., Inc. for shared-use path facilities for the New NY Bridge project in Rockland County.
  • $1.4 million with Vector Construction Corp. to rehabilitate Whiskey Hill Road Bridge in Waterloo, Seneca County.

Department of Transportation

  • $78 million with CCA Civil, Inc. to rehabilitate 5 bridges on I-278 in Kings and Richmond counties.
  • $33 million with H & L Contracting, LLC for NYS Route 112 reconstruction and safety improvements in Suffolk County.
  • $19 million with CSX Transportation, Inc. for the Inland Port intermodal transfer facility in Onondaga County.
  • $5.2 million with A. Colarusso & Son, Inc. for Empire State Trail construction in Ulster County.
  • $2.4 million with New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. for janitorial services at the Bedford Rest Area in Westchester County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds

  • $224 million for 115,000 personal income tax refunds.
  • $119 million for 27,000 corporate and other refunds.
  • $49 million for 126,000 property tax credits.

Department of Civil Service

  • $23 million to Beacon Health Options, Inc. for the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program.

Empire State Development Corporation 

  • $4.7 million to Buffalo Bills, Inc. for working capital, capital improvements, and game day operations.
  • $3 million to the City of Auburn for facility design, renovation and construction, and the purchase of furniture, fixtures, equipment, and display cases for the Equal Rights Heritage Center.
  • $2.7 million to High Tech Rochester, Inc. for administration and support services for the Photonics Venture Challenge.
  • $2.5 million to the City of Dunkirk for planning, design, and construction costs related to downtown revitalization.
  • $1 million to the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance to establish and operate the Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute in partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Gaming Commission

  • $8.1 million in gaming revenue distributions to 26 local governments from Tioga Downs, Rivers, Montreign and Del Lago casinos.
  • $1.7 million to seven local governments for tribal compact payments.

Office of General Services

  • $6.3 million for hourly-based IT services, including $2.6 million to PSI International, Inc., $1.6 million to Knowledge Builders, Inc., and $1.2 million to MVP Consulting Plus, Inc.
  • $4.6 million to Prismatic Development Corporation for building renovations associated with the Manhattan Forensic Relocation project at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center.

Department of Health

  • $25 million to Maximus, Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.

Department of Homeland Security 

  • $18 million for the Urban Area Security Initiative Program (UASI), including $16 million to New York City and $2 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • $4.8 million to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

New York State Legislature – Assembly

  • $14,000 to Vahey Muldoon Reston Getz, LLP for outside counsel for an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission matter.
  • $5,000 to Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux, LLP for outside counsel for independent investigations of sexual harassment.

Department of Transportation

  • $8.6 million to Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc. to reconstruct Exit 131 at the intersection of Routes 17 and 32 in Orange County.
  • $6.1 million to Granite Construction Northeast, Inc. for the Kosciuszko Bridge replacement in New York City.
  • $3.7 million to Skanska Koch, Inc. to rehabilitate the Gowanus Expressway from 48th Street to the Hugh Carey Tunnel in Kings County.
  • $2.8 million to Lancaster Development and Tully Construction Co., LLC for reconstruction of the I-81 and NY 17 Interchange in Broome County.
  • $2.1 million to Tully Construction Co., Inc. for bridge rehabilitation on the Major Deegan Expressway.
  • $1.8 million to Ahern Painting Contractors Inc. for preventative maintenance, cleaning and painting of FDR Drive to the South Street Viaduct in New York City.
  • $1.3 million to Marcy Excavation Services, LLC for parking lot improvements at the New York State Fairgrounds in Onondaga County.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $1.2 million to HNTB New York Engineering and Architecture, PC for engineering services on the New NY Bridge Project.

Unified Court System

  • $7.8 million to The Legal Aid Society for attorneys for children.

Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

The office rejected more than 4,000 payments valued at nearly $2.5 million, including tax refunds valued at more than $800,000. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $49,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of more than $590,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through July 2018, the Comptroller’s office has approved 10,273 contracts valued at nearly $48 billion and approved nearly 21.4 million payments worth more than $88.3 billion. The office has rejected 1,148 contracts and related transactions valued at $2.4 billion and more than 21,000 payments valued at more than $36.4 million primarily due to errors, improprieties or lack of documentation.

Find out how your government money is spent at Open Book New York. Track municipal spending, the state's 150,000 contracts, billions in state payments and public authority data. Visit the Reading Room for contract FOIL requests, bid protest decisions and commonly requested data, including Legislative travel and per diem expenses.