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State Contract and Payment Actions in March

April 29, 2020

In March, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,644 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $3.4 billion and approved approximately four million payments worth more than $23.5 billion. The Office rejected 103 contracts and related transactions valued at $180 million and nearly 9,500 payments valued at more than $41.4 million. More information on these contracts and payments is available at www.openbooknewyork.com.

The Governor’s Executive Order 202 suspended the Office of the State Comptroller’s review and approval of contracts related to the COVID-19 crisis until May 7, 2020. At the administration's request, OSC has been expediting payments for purchases and reporting these on Open Book

Major Contracts Approved

City University of New York, City College

  • $1.1 million with Northwell Health Inc. for administration of medical student clinical rotations.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $42.9 million with First Transit Inc. for inmate transportation services.

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $1.5 million with G&C Martin Logging Inc. for logging services related to controlling the southern pine beetle.

Office of General Services

  • $8.5 million with Magna IV Inc. for electrical distribution equipment testing, maintenance and repair at various sites in Albany County.
  • $2.2 million with Normell Tech LLC for information technology services related to the Service Disabled Veterans Enterprise System.

Department of Health

  • $17 million with Riverview Assets LLC for lease space in Albany County.
  • $3.2 million with Brown & Peisch PLLC for legal and advisory services regarding federal laws related to the Medicaid program.
  • $1.2 million to Margaretville Memorial Hospital in Delaware County for rural health care access.

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • $5.4 million with RR Donnelley & Sons Co. for printing of DMV registration documents.

Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $1.6 million with Barrett Paving Materials Inc. for a new camping loop at Southwick Beach State Park in Jefferson County.
  • $1.5 million with Formations Inc. to fabricate and install museum exhibitions at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in Orange County.

State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • $4.7 million with New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. for custodial services at SUNY Stony Brook.
  • $4.7 million with Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. for service and maintenance of medical equipment.
  • $1 million with Quest Diagnostics Inc. for Lyme disease testing services.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $31 million with A Servidone Inc. B Anthony Construction Corp for reconstruction of three bridges over I-87 and I-287 in Rockland County.
  • $2.2 million with James H. Maloy Inc. to remove an existing building and construct a salt storage shed at the division maintenance complex in Albany County.

New York Transit Authority

  • $202.3 million with Global Contact Services LLC for the paratransit call center.

Department of Transportation

  • $17.9 million to Kiska Construction Inc. for bridge painting and repairs on Robert Moses Causeway over Fire Island inlet in Suffolk County.
  • $17.8 million to Ecco III Enterprises Inc. for replacement of the Ravensdale Bridge in Westchester County.
  • $17.4 million to ELQ Industries Inc. for rehabilitation of six bridges in Westchester County.
  • $15.5 million with Grace Industries LLC for asphalt repaving on the Cross Bronx Expressway in Bronx County.
  • $15 million for tree work, including $5.0 million with All Isle Consumer Services Ltd, $3.7 million with LW Tree Service, $3.7 million with Adirondack Tree Surgeons Inc., and $2.6 million with K. Hughes Expert Tree Service LLC.
  • $10.8 million with G & M Earth Moving Inc. for drainage improvements on Route 454 in Suffolk County.
  • $8.6 million with STV Incorporated for construction inspection services on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens County.
  • $7.8 million with Marcy Excavation Services LLC for a new bike-pedestrian connector in the Village of Menands, Albany County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds

  • $1.8 billion for 1.9 million personal income tax refunds.
  • $76 million for 13,000 corporate and other refunds.
  • $6.3 million for 10,500 property tax credits.

Department of Civil Service

  • $253.4 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $21.4 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program for the NYS Empire Plan.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $1.3 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including $1.2 million to Surpass Chemical Company Inc. for hand sanitizer pre-mix, and $66,000 to Hillside Plastics Inc. for hand sanitizer containers.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $14 million distributed to every county and 4 major municipalities (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers) for program administration costs associated with the 2020 Census Outreach efforts.
  • $10 million to Alstom Transportation Inc. to expand and modernize company operations and to develop next-generation high-speed trains.
  • $1.6 million to the University of Rochester for the construction of the Goergen Institute building at its River Campus.
  • $1.5 million to CenterState Corporation for the Economic Opportunity business competition under the Growing ENtrepreneurs & Innovators in UpState New York (GENIUS NY) program.
  • $1.2 million to Masserson Holdings LLC to establish a hospitality and tourism destination in Roxbury, Delaware County.

Office of General Services

  • $18.6 million for hourly-based IT services, including $4.5 million to PSI International Inc., $2.4 million to ITT Inc., $1.6 million to Knowledge Builders Inc. and $10.1 million to 32 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $457.7 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including payments to vendors in New York State such as New York Microscope Company Inc. for protective clothing ($13.8 million), New York Imaging Service Inc. for portable x-ray machines ($9.9 million) and Staci Snider Designer for protective gowns ($9.3 million).
  • $23.2 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
  • $7.9 million to New York eHealth Collaborative Inc. for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York.

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

  • $4.6 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the Urban Area Security Initiative Program (UASI).

Department of Transportation

  • $4.5 million to National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for design and construction of the Hudson River Line Positive Train Control System.
  • $1.2 million to Granite Construction Northeast Inc. for replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge in Kings County.
  • $2 million to ECCO III Enterprises Inc. for the Kew Gardens Interchange project in Queens County.

Payment Rejection and Other Cost Recoveries

The Comptroller’s office rejected nearly 9,500 payments valued at more than $41.4 million, including tax refunds and credits valued at nearly $26.1 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $175,000 from vendors owing debts to the state and held payments of nearly $579,000 pending resolution of disputes.

Cumulatively through March for calendar year 2020, the office has approved 4,527 contracts valued at $23.6 billion and has approved more than 9.5 million payments worth more than $44.5 billion. The office has rejected 339 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.2 billion and nearly 17,000 payments valued at nearly $103.8 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 170,000 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.