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

September 29, 2022

In August, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,555 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2.7 billion and approved more than 2 million payments worth nearly $10.3 billion. The office rejected 133 contracts and related transactions valued at $727.8 million and nearly 2,800 payments valued at more than $14.3 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

Department of Agriculture & Markets – State Fair

  • $6.5 million for grounds and restroom cleaning at the New York State Fair including $3.5 million with Green Meeting Ninjas Inc. and $3 million with KTG Illinois LLC.

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $193 million with the City of New York for water quality projects for the New York City watershed.
  • $9.3 million with Green Thumb Environmental Beautification Inc. for a range of environmental beautification services, including assisting with grounds maintenance and beautification projects at field offices, fish hatcheries, game farms, conservation education centers and campgrounds.

Office of General Services – Design & Construction

  • $7.9 million with Kubricky Construction Corp. to construct a multi-use recreational rail trail in Essex County.
  • $6.4 million with M. Scher & Son Inc. to construct a generator building at Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Ulster County.

Department of Health

  • $63 million with Deloitte Consulting LLP for actuarial rate certification services.
  • $8.5 million with Guidehouse Inc. for strategic planning assistance for the Vital Access Provider Program.

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • $19.9 million with CA 5-15 West 125th LLC for office space in New York County.
  • $1.1 million with New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. for digitization of microfilm records.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $5 million with Arcadis of New York Inc. for construction management services for the East Bathhouse rehabilitation at Jones Beach State Park in Nassau County.
  • $3.1 million with Kircher Construction Inc. for swimming area improvements at Stony Brook State Park in Steuben County.

State University Construction Fund

  • $8 million with Consigli Construction Co. for renovations at SUNY Albany in relation to the planned home of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  • $1.9 million with Michael Anthony Contracting Corp. for renovations to Clinical Vision Research Center at SUNY College of Optometry.

State University of New York

  • $34.2 million with Parkline Asphalt Maintenance Inc. for paving, and pothole and storm drain basin repair at Stony Brook University.
  • $3.1 million with Colonial Energy Inc. for the purchase of natural gas for Purchase College.
  • $1.3 million with Clarivate Analytics US LLC for Web of Science online database subscription at University at Albany.
  • $1.2 million with Diamond Roofing Co. for roof replacement at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $6 million with D & H Excavating Inc. for pavement repairs in Erie, Chautauqua, and Niagara counties.
  • $5.2 million with American Traffic Solutions Inc. for automated work zone speed enforcement as part of a joint procurement with the Department of Transportation (noted below).

Department of Transportation

  • $118.8 million to the City of New York for rehabilitation of the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • $12.4 million with American Traffic Solutions Inc. for automated work zone speed enforcement as part of a joint procurement with the Thruway Authority (noted above).
  • $9.7 million with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. for design services on Route 27 in Suffolk County.
  • $8.9 million with McLaughlin Construction Corp. for drainage and culvert improvements in Chautauqua County.
  • $7.1 million with McLaughlin Construction Corp. for intersection improvements in Niagara County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $436.8 million for 122,684 personal income tax refunds.
  • $283.6 million for 23,493 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $262.9 million for 362,073 property tax credits.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $18.9 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 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including $959,000 to Applied DNA Clinical Labs, LLC for medical and lab technicians.

Department of Civil Service

  • $306.4 million to Caremark Health LLC to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior, and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $35.6 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan.

State Education Department

  • 579.2 million in excess cost aid to 673 school districts for school-aged special education students.
  • $491.4 million in BOCES aid to 30 organizations.
  • $5.5 million in general aid to 34 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $3.1 million to Monroe Community College for construction and renovation of facilities for the creation of the Finger Lakes Regional Workforce Development Center.
  • $2.3 million to the Housing Trust Fund Corp. to administer the Better Buffalo Fund’s Main Street Initiative, to help revitalize historic downtown and mixed-use neighborhood commercial districts.

Executive Chamber

  • $145,700 to Calcagni & Kanefsky LLP for legal services.

Gaming Commission

  • $8.4 million for tribal-state compact payments to the cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Salamanca, and the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.
  • $8.1 million to 26 local governments for gaming revenue distributions from the Tioga Downs, Rivers, Montreign and Del Lago casinos.

Office of General Services

  • $9.7 million for hourly-based IT services to 28 vendors, including $2.2 million to Knowledge Builders Inc.
  • $2.4 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Department of Health

  • $16.1 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including $6.9 million to Quest Diagnostics Inc. for laboratory supplies and materials.
  • $1 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $1.7 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response including $1.5 million to Deloitte Consulting LLP for applications development.

Department of Labor

  • $214.5 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation programs.

Division of Military and Naval Affairs

  • $2 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including $1.6 million to ELRAC LLC for vehicle rentals.

State University of New York

  • $1.4 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including $491,000 to Remede Consulting Group Inc. for administrative and clerical services and $409,000 to Procare USA LLC for administrative, clerical, and other services.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $140.1 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $9.2 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Other Contract Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at nearly $2.8 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $224,900 from vendors owing debts to the state and held payments of nearly $321,200 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through August for calendar year 2022, the Comptroller’s office has approved 11,490 contracts valued at $31.2 billion and nearly 22.3 million payments worth nearly $116.4 billion. The office has rejected 941 contracts and related transactions valued at nearly $4.8 billion and 40,900 payments valued at nearly $169.3 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.