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State Contract and Payment Actions in March

April 29, 2022

In March, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,950 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $3.6 billion and approved nearly 3.7 million payments worth nearly $35.1 billion. The office rejected 147 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.4 billion and more than 9,100 payments valued at more than $30.9 million, primarily for mistakes, insufficient support for charges, and improper payments. More information on these contracts and payments is available at Open Book New York.

Major Contracts Approved

Office of General Services - Design & Construction

  • $14 million with Quackenbush Co., Inc. for installation of above ground heating system and underground hot water lines at Lakeview Correctional Facility in Chautauqua County.
  • $11.2 million with TAM Enterprises Inc. for wastewater treatment plant improvements at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County.

Department of Health

  • $48.8 million with Magellan Medicaid Administration Inc. for pharmacy benefit management of the American Indian Health and Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) programs.
  • $19.2 million with Island Peer Review Organization Inc. for AIDS intervention clinical studies, program evaluation and quality care review.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $5 million with Henningson Durham & Richardson Architecture and Engineering PC for construction management services for the Fjord Trail Breakneck Bridge at Hudson Highlands Park in Dutchess County.
  • $1 million with Valleyview Enterprise LLC for the new Destination Playground at Letchworth State Park in Livingston and Wyoming counties.

State University Construction Fund

  • $17.7 million with Manning Squires Hennig Co., Inc. to renovate the Classroom Building at Buffalo State College.
  • $3 million with Cunningham Excavation Inc. to construct a new artificial turf field at SUNY Delhi.

State University of New York

  • $6.3 million with AWL Industries Inc. for construction of the new Seamanship Center at SUNY Maritime.
  • $5.8 million with G&M Earth Moving Inc. for parking lot improvements at Farmingdale State College.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $17.8 million with Crisdel Group Inc. for one course mill and inlay in Rockland County.
  • $12.4 million with Transcore LP for E-Z Pass NY transponder distribution services.

Department of Transportation

  • $776.4 million with Tully Construction Co., Inc. for capacity and access improvements on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens County.
  • $19.8 million with Suit-Kote Corp. for milling and resurfacing, guide rail, and sign replacement on I-81 in Broome County.
  • $19.5 million with Rifenburg Construction Inc. for milling and paving on I-890 in Schenectady County.
  • $14.5 million with Peckham Road Corp. for resurfacing on I-87 in Essex County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $1.9 billion for 1,884,873 personal income tax refunds. 
  • $118.9 million for 11,662 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $2 million for 2,175 property tax credits.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $44.6 million under the Child Care Stabilization Grant to childcare providers to help cover unexpected business costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and to help stabilize operations so that providers may continue to provide care.

City University of New York

  • $7.8 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including desktop computers, IT equipment and medical and lab technicians.

Department of Civil Service

  • $277.9 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $27.8 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan. 

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $6.7 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

State Education Department

  • $7.2 billion in general aid to 626 school districts.
  • $1.7 billion in excess cost aid for school-aged special education students to 666 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $4.3 million to NextCorps Inc. for the Luminate NY program to attract and grow optics, photonics and imaging companies in the Finger Lakes region.
  • $3.8 million to Excell Technology Ventures Inc. to provide financing predominantly for high-tech startup companies in the Finger Lakes Region through the Finger Lakes Venture Fund.
  • $3.8 million to the SUNY Research Foundation for a portion of the equipment, software, and operating expenses to establish the NYS Genomic Medicine and Buffalo Institute for Genomics & Data Analytics (BIG) Data Center in Buffalo.
  • $1 million to Saab North America, Inc. for a portion of machinery and equipment costs related to the relocation of the North American headquarters of Saab Defense and Security USA to Onondaga County.

Executive Chamber

  • $884,000 to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for legal services.

Office of General Services

  • $15.5 million for hourly-based IT services, including $4.1 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., $1.3 to Computer Technology Services Inc., $1 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc., and $9.1 million to 29 other vendors.
  • $2.2 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including health management services.

Department of Health

  • $536.1 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including medical supplies and materials. 
  • $20.8 million to New York eHealth Collaborative Inc. for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York.
  • $14.7 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $1.1 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including cloud computing services.

Joint Commission on Public Ethics

  • $101,900 to Hogan Lovells US LLP for legal services.

Department of Labor

  • $250.1 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation, and Lost Wages Assistance programs. 
  • $1 million for the Tourism Worker Recovery program.

New York State Legislature – Assembly

  • $251,500 to Jenner & Block LLP for legal services.

New York State Legislature – Senate

  • $148,500 to Cuti Hecker Wang LLP for legal services.

Office of Mental Health

  • $1.6 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including medical supplies and materials and temporary staffing services.

Division of Military and Naval Affairs

  • $1.4 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including food and drink and vehicle rentals.

State University of New York

  • $3.8 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including administrative and clerical services, and medical and laboratory supplies and materials.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $149.5 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $33 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Unified Court System

  • $2.1 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including local grants and public assistance.

Other Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at nearly $17.3 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $525,000 from vendors owing debts to the state.

Cumulatively through March for calendar year 2022, the Comptroller’s office has approved 4,738 contracts valued at $8.3 billion and has approved nearly 8.5 million payments worth nearly $56 billion, including nearly 2.3 million unemployment insurance payments valued at more than $784.4 million. The office has rejected 337 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.7 billion and more than 19,500 payments valued at more than $61.6 million.


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