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

June 30, 2022

In May, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,326 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2.4 billion and approved more than 2.5 million payments worth nearly $15.6 billion. The office rejected 123 contracts and related transactions valued at $276.8 million and more than 4,500 payments valued at nearly $11.5 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

Department of Civil Service

  • $71.3 million with Davis Vision Inc. for administrative services of New York State Vision Plan.

Gaming Commission

  • $42.8 million with Highbridge Broadway LLC for office space in Schenectady County.

Office of General Services - Design & Construction

  • $6.5 million with Schenectady Hardware & Electric Co. for switchgear replacement at Empire State Plaza in Albany County.
  • $1.4 million with Horizon Masonry Restoration Inc. to rehabilitate deteriorating building surfaces at Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County.

Office of General Services - Purchasing Contracts

  • $105.1 million with FedEx Corporate Services Inc. for statewide small package delivery services.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $8.7 million with Spa Golf Services Inc. for golf and restaurant concession services at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga County.
  • $3.5 million with Claire Weisz Architects for architectural design and engineering services for East Bathhouse at Jones Beach in Nassau County.
  • $3 million with Liro Program & Construction Management PE PC for construction management services at Buffalo Harbor State Park in Erie County.

State University Construction Fund

  • $9.6 million with Mengler Mechanical Inc. for HVAC rehabilitation at Visual Arts Building at SUNY Purchase.
  • $3.3 million with LH LaPlante Company Inc. for mechanical system upgrades at Myers Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • $2.8 million with Niko K Construction Corp. for roof replacement at Binghamton University.

State University of New York

  • $10.9 million with LeChase Construction Services LLC for rehabilitation of SEFCU Arena at SUNY Albany.
  • $3.9 million with PAC & Associates of Oswego Inc. for roof replacement at SUNY Oswego.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $23 million with Oakgrove Construction Inc. for pavement rehabilitation on I-90 in Genesee and Erie counties.
  • $6.7 million with Kubricky Construction Corp. for milling and safety improvements on I-90 in Orange County.

Department of Transportation

  • $28.4 million with El Sol Contracting ES II Enterprises JV for rehabilitation on Woolley Ave. and Bradley Ave. over Staten Island Expressway in Richmond County.
  • $11.5 million with A. Colarusso & Son Inc. for preventative maintenance paving on Taconic State Parkway in Columbia County.
  • $10.8 million with Kubricky Construction Corp. for corrective pavement maintenance, guide rail and sidewalk work in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties.
  • $10.5 million with Hanson Aggregates New York LLC for pavement rehabilitation on Route 162 in Montgomery County.
  • $5 million with Hardesty & Hanover LLC for design services for rehabilitation of five bridges on the Cross Bronx Expressway in Bronx County.
  • $4.5 million with Suit-Kote Corp. for highway resurfacing on Route 366 in Tompkins County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $1.1 billion for 654,240 personal income tax refunds.
  • $210.1 million for 316,243 property tax credits.
  • $80 million for 26,277 corporate and other tax refunds.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $5.7 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

  • $5.2 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including desktop computers, medical and lab technicians, IT parts and equipment and office supplies.

Department of Civil Service

  • $291.7 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $31.5 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan.

State Education Department

  • $4 billion in general aid to 510 school districts.
  • $300.9 million in BOCES aid to 37 organizations.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $1 million to Redburn Real Estate Partners LP for a portion of the construction and renovation costs for eight leasable, non-residential properties in Albany County.

Executive Chamber

  • $924,000 to Walden Macht & Haran LLP for legal services.

Gaming Commission

  • $12.9 million for tribal-state compact payments to the counties of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego.

Office of General Services

  • $8.6 million for hourly-based IT services, including $2.4 million to Knowledge Builders Inc. and $6.2 million to 26 other vendors.
  • $1.6 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including health management services and rent.

Department of Health

  • $30.3 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
  • $23.7 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including ambulance services, call centers, consulting services and temporary staffing services.

Department of Labor

  • $185.7 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation programs.

New York State Legislature – Assembly

  • $159,000 to Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for legal services.

Division of Military and Naval Affairs

  • $4.2 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including vehicle rentals, food and drink.

State University of New York

  • $4.2 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

  • $134.8 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $30.8 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Other Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at more than $7.8 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $397,000 from vendors owing debts to the state and held payments of more than $99,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through May for calendar year 2022, the Comptroller’s office has approved 7,254 contracts valued at $24.8 billion and has approved nearly 15.1 million payments worth nearly $83.5 billion, including more than 3.3 million unemployment insurance payments valued at nearly $1.2 billion. The office has rejected 560 contracts and related transactions valued at $2.3 billion and nearly 31,300 payments valued at more than $85.4 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.