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State Contract and Payment Actions in April

May 27, 2020

In April, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 931 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $680 million and approved approximately 11.5 million payments worth nearly $16.1 billion. The Office rejected 79 contracts and related transactions valued at $50 million and nearly 6,900 payments valued at more than $105.8 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 June 6, 2020. At the administration's request, OSC has been expediting payments for purchases. These are reported on Open Book.

Major Contracts Approved

Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

  • $9.8 million for maintenance of treatment facilities, including $6.3 million with Cazenovia Recovery Systems Inc. and $3.5 million with Addictions Care Center of Albany Inc.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $1 million with the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Inc. for domestic violence support and technical assistance training.

State Education Department

  • $6.8 million with Questar Assessment Inc. for test scoring services.
  • $2.6 million with Future Star Kidz Inc. for universal pre-kindergarten programs.
  • $1.1 million with HFT Management Inc. for a child nutrition advertising.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $10.5 million with the American Dairy Association to promote New York dairy products.

Office of General Services

  • $4.2 million with Bette& Cring LLC to provide aircraft hangers at the New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Albany County.
  • $2.4 million with Streeter Associates Inc. to provide classroom and office space at Cayuga Correctional Facility in Cayuga County.

Office of Park, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $23.7 million with Galvin Bros Madhue Contracting for site improvements at Shirley Chisholm State Park in Kings County.
  • $1.5 million with Siegrist and Sons Construction Inc. for construction of the East Gate Plaza on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Dutchess County.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $1.4 million with Venture Construction Inc. for concrete surface work and path markings for the New NY Bridge project in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Department of Transportation

  • $40.9 million with Nassau County for urban transit systems.
  • $11.4 million with Rifenburg Construction Inc. to resurface highways and replace guard rails in Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.
  • $9 million with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for modernization of the light rail rapid transit system in Erie County.
  • $8.2 million with Bove Industries Inc. for safety improvements on Grand Central Parkway in Nassau County.
  • $7.2 million with Cobleskill Stone Products Inc. for pavement rehabilitation on route 30A in Schoharie County.
  • $3 million with Louis Berger US Inc. for construction inspection services on the Robert Moses Causeway in Suffolk County.
  • $2.4 million with IBI Group Inc. for maintenance of New York’s 511 Traveler Information System.

State University of New York

  • $2.8 million with LeanTaaS Inc. for SUNY Upstate Medical University operating room productivity software.
  • $1.4 million with National Elevator Inspection Services Inc. for elevator testing and inspection at Stony Brook University.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds

  • $1.2 billion for 1.2 million personal income tax refunds.
  • $46 million for 25,000 corporate and other refunds.
  • $1.7 million for 2,600 property tax credits.

Department of Civil Service

  • $277.6 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $25.5 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

  • $2.4 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $6 million to Onondaga County for regional economic development projects in central New York.
  • $4.8 million to Syracuse University for construction of a Veterans Resource Center.
  • $1 million to Cornell University for awards and operating costs of the New York Food and Agriculture Challenge in the Central New York, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions.

Gaming Commission

  • $7.9 million for gaming revenue distributions from the Tioga Downs, Rivers, Montreign and Del Lago casinos to 26 local governments in various counties.

Office of General Services

  • $5 million for hourly-based IT services, including $2.3 million to PSI International Inc., $1.2 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc. and $1.5 million to 17 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $175.3 million for emergency supplies and other needs to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

  • $6 million to New York City for the Urban Area Security Initiative Program (UASI).

Department of Labor

  • $4.4 billion for Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation claims.

Department of Transportation

  • $1.9 million to Granite Construction Northeast Inc. for replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge in Kings County.

Unified Court System

  • $8 million to The Legal Aid Society for the Attorneys for Children Program.
  • $2 million to The Children’s Law Center for the Law Guardian Legal Aid Program.

Payment Rejection and Other Cost Recoveries

The office rejected nearly 6,900 payments valued at more than $105.8 million, including tax refunds and credits valued at more than $16.4 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $278,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of nearly $585,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through April for calendar year 2020, the Comptroller’s office has approved 5,458 contracts valued at $24.3 billion and has approved nearly 21 million payments worth nearly $60.6 billion. The office has rejected 418 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.3 billion and nearly 23,900 payments valued at more than $209.6 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.