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NEWS from the Office of the New York State Comptroller
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State Contract and Payment Actions in April

May 26, 2022

In April, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,190 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $14.1 billion and more than 4.2 million payments worth nearly $12 billion. The Office rejected 100 contracts and related transactions valued at $291.5 million and more than 7,200 payments valued at more than $12.3 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

  • $2.5 million with Bagiana Construction Inc. to repair a concrete perimeter wall at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Westchester County.
  • $1.3 million with Sharan Builders Inc. for sanitary line repairs at Taconic Correctional Facility in Westchester County.

Office of General Services – Purchasing Contracts

  • $3.4 billion with JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association for statewide purchasing (P-Card), travel, and non-employee travel card services.

State University Construction Fund

  • $16.8 million with MLB Construction Services LLC for renovations to Memorial Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh.

State University of New York

  • $82.2 million with Whitestone Construction Corp. for renovation of the hospital exterior wall at Stony Brook University.
  • $8.4 million with Carrier Corp. for maintenance and service of central heating and cooling plant equipment at Stony Brook University.
  • $2.1 million with FAHS Construction Group LLC for rehabilitation to Hulbert Hall at SUNY Oneonta.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $9.6 million with Callanan Industries Inc. for pavement milling and resurfacing in Ulster County.
  • $4.7 million with Slate Hill Constructors Inc. to replace Canton Street bridge over I-90 in Onondaga County.

Department of Transportation

  • $167.4 million with El Sol Contracting / ES II Enterprises JV for bridge repairs and bridge painting on I-287 in Kings County.
  • $13.1 million with Defoe Corp. for bridge deck replacement on Route 27 over Hubbards Path in Suffolk County.
  • $7.8 million with McLaughlin Construction Corp. for pavement restoration on Kensington Expressway in Erie County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $3.5 billion for 2,489,604 personal income tax refunds. 
  • $233 million for 28,249 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $924,000 for 1,084 property tax credits.

New York State Office of the Attorney General

  • $371,300 to Vladeck, Raskin & Clark PC for legal services.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $20.7 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

  • $2.7 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including desktop computers and security guards.

Department of Civil Service

  • $322.7 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $38.8 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan. 

State Education Department

  • $1.2 billion in general aid to 389 school districts.

Gaming Commission

  • $130.2 million for tribal-state compact payments to cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and the counties of Allegany, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

Office of General Services

  • $3.9 million for hourly-based IT services, including $1.2 million MVP Consulting Plus Inc. and $2.7 million to 10 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $19.1 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including call centers, temporary medical personnel, laboratory and medical supplies and materials.
  • $2.8 million to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP for legal services.

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $2.2 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including data and voice equipment.

Department of Labor

  • $190.6 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation. 

New York State Legislature – Senate

  • $375,500 to Cuti Hecker Wang LLP for legal services.

State University of New York

  • $4.1 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

  • $232 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $35 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Other Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at more than $16.5 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $379,000 from vendors owing debts to the state and held payments of more than $527,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through April for calendar year 2022, the Comptroller’s office has approved 5,928 contracts valued at $22.4 billion and has approved more than 12.7 million payments worth nearly $68 billion, including more than 2.8 million unemployment insurance payments valued at nearly $975 million. The office has rejected 437 contracts and related transactions valued at $2 billion and nearly 26,800 payments valued at nearly $74 million primarily due to errors, improprieties or lack of documentation.

Track state and local government spending at Open Book New York. Under State Comptroller DiNapoli’s open data initiative, search millions of state and local government financial records, track state contracts, and find commonly requested data.