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State Contract and Payment Actions in March

April 30, 2021

In March, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,696 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2.3 billion and approved nearly 27.1 million payments worth more than $40.8 billion. The Office rejected 137 contracts and related transactions valued at $160 million and nearly 17,100 payments valued at nearly $46 million, primarily for mistakes, insufficient support for charges, and improper payments. 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 19, 2021. At the administration's request, OSC has been expediting payments for purchases.

Major Contracts Approved

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $5.9 million with DA Collins Environmental Services LLC for remediation at the Saranac Lake Gas Company facility in Franklin County.
  • $1.1 million with General Roofing Contractors LLC for roof rehabilitation at the DEC Training Academy in Oswego County.

Office of General Services – Design & Construction

  • $11.2 million with Nurzia Construction Corp. to renovate the New York State Police forensic identification and headquarters buildings in Dutchess County.
  • $8.2 million with Michael A. Ferrauilo Plumbing & Heating Inc. to provide above ground hot water heating lines and water heaters at Altona Correctional Facility in Clinton County.
  • $2.1 million with Streeter Associates Inc. to replace doors and hardware at the Greater Binghamton Health Center in Broome County.
  • $1.5 million with Green Island Group Corp. for emergency hazardous material abatement at Pier 76 Hudson River Park in New York County.
  • $1.5 million with J-Cole Construction Co. for emergency demolition and stabilization at Pier 76 Hudson River Park in New York County.
  • $1.2 million with Pioneer Landscaping & Asphalt Paving Inc. to rehabilitate parking lots and roadways at New York City Children's Center in Queens County.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $19.7 million with Galvin Brothers  / Madhue Contracting JV for demolition and site improvements at Pier 76 Hudson River Park in New York County.

State University Construction Fund

  • $6.1 million with Streeter Associates Inc. to renovate the McMahon Ceramic Research and Technology Building at Alfred State College.

State University of New York

  • $3.3 million with RTS Solutionz Inc. for the design and installation of audiovisual equipment in the Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC) Building at University at Albany.
  • $2.1 million with AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions Inc. for physician billing and professional component coding services at Downstate Health Sciences University in Kings County.
  • $1.4 million with North Shore Climate Control Inc. for absorption chiller replacement at Stony Brook University.

Department of Transportation

  • $518 million with El Sol / Defoe JV for Hunts Point Interstate access improvements in Bronx County.
  • $31.7 million with Cobleskill Stone Products Inc. for road rehabilitation on I-88 in Otsego County.
  • $26.5 million with Restani Construction Corp. for bridge rehabilitation and replacement in Westchester County.
  • $13 million with Lancaster Development & Tully Construction Co. LLC for conversion of a traffic ramp to the Albany Skyway bike and pedestrian pathway in Albany County.
  • $10.1 million with Grace Industries LLC for concrete pavement repairs at several locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • $8.5 million with McLaughlin Construction Corp. for 11.6 miles of pavement rehabilitation on I-86 in Cattaraugus County.
  • $7.5 million with LC Whitford Co. Inc. for replacement of eight bridges on I-86 in Steuben County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $2.5 billion for 2,817,737 personal income tax refunds.
  • $287.6 million for 15,217 corporate and other refunds.
  • $3 million for 3,794 property tax credits.

Department of Agriculture and Markets

  • $5.3 million to the NYS Federation of Growers’ & Processors’ Associations, Inc. to provide early childhood education and social services under the Agri-Business Child Development Program.

Division of the Budget

  • $16.1 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Department of Civil Service

  • $251.5 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $35.9 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

  • $1.7 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including medical supplies and materials.

State Education Department

  • $6.5 billion in general aid to 615 school districts.
  • $1.7 billion in excess cost aid to 669 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $3 million to the Research Foundation for The State University of New York for equipment and operating costs associated with the federally-designated American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics Testing, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility located in Monroe County.
  • $2 million to Green Empire Farms Inc. to construct and equip a new greenhouse in Oneida, NY.
  • $1.6 million to the Rochester Institute of Technology for working capital to support the Reducing EMbodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute in Monroe County.
  • $1.5 million to IEC Electronic Corp. for machinery and equipment to manufacture and assemble circuit boards in Newark, NY. 

Office of General Services

  • $17 million for hourly-based IT services, including $3.2 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., $2.8 million to PSI International Inc., $1.2 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc., $1.2 million to Computer Technology Services Inc., $1.2 million to Software People Inc., and $7.4 million to 33 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $53.7 million to Maximus, Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
  • $33.8 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including temporary staffing services, administrative and clerical services, and medical supplies and materials.
  • $33.5 million to New York eHealth Collaborative, Inc. for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY).

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $26.2 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including computers, consulting services, and data and voice equipment.

Department of Labor

  • $6.6 billion for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Lost Wages Assistance programs.

Office of Mental Health

  • $3.9 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including health management services and security supplies.

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • $2.2 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including video conferencing subscription services.

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

  • $1.2 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including medical supplies and materials.

State University of New York

  • $8 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including medical and drug supplies and materials.

Department of Transportation

  • $5.2 million to National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for design and construction of the Hudson Line Positive Train Control System.
  • $1.3 million to El Sol Contracting ES/II Enterprises JV for bridge repairs on the Gowanus Expressway in Kings County.

Unified Court System

  • $2 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including hand sanitizer and masks.

Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at more than $29.1 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $227,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of more than $1.6 million pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through March for calendar year 2021, the Comptroller’s office has approved 4,299 contracts valued at $115 billion and has approved nearly 67.8 million payments worth nearly $69.7 billion, including more than 61 million unemployment insurance payments valued at more than $17.5 billion. The office has rejected 355 contracts and related transactions valued at $430 million and nearly 30,600 payments valued at more than $72.1 million primarily due to errors, improprieties or lack of documentation.


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