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

September 1, 2022

In July, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,232 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2.2 billion and approved more than 1.8 million payments worth more than $9.4 billion. The office rejected 120 contracts and related transactions valued at $294.2 million and nearly 2,100 payments valued at nearly $58.1 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 Court Administration

  • $17.8 million with 140-150 Grand Holdings LLC for office space in Westchester County.

Gaming Commission

  • $100 million with McCann Relationship Marketing LLC for a strategic digital marketing partner.

Office of General Services

  • $61 million with Accenture LLP for a human resource management system integrator.
  • $2.6 million with Williamstown Art Conservation Center Inc. for artwork conservation at the Empire State Plaza in Albany County.

Department of Health

  • $10.9 million with Cicatelli Associates Inc. for training services for the Bureau of Supplemental Food Programs.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $6 million with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC for design services at Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland and Orange counties.
  • $2.3 million with Green Thumb Environmental Beautification Inc. for environmental beautification services statewide.

Public Service Commission

  • $249.2 million for the Utility Arrears Relief Program including $164.5 million to Consolidated Edison Company of NY Inc., $40 million to National Grid Upstate Utility, $10.1 million to National Grid New York City Utility, $9.8 million to Long Island Power Authority, $9 million to Rochester Gas & Electric Corp., $5.8 million to New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, $4.4 million to National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp., $2.8 million to Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., $1.6 million to Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc., and $1.2 million to National Grid Long Island Utility. The funds were allocated based on a utility’s share of statewide gas and electric utility arrears.

State University Construction Fund

  • $27.1 million with Manning Squires Henning Co. for renovations to the Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo.
  • $20.5 million with JT Cleary Inc. for pier upgrades at SUNY Maritime College.

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $44.6 million with Yonkers Contracting Co. for milling, drainage, and safety improvements in Rockland and Orange counties.
  • $8.2 million with Economy Paving Co. for replacement of the Interchange 35 bridge in Onondaga County.

Department of Transportation

  • $30.9 million with A Servidone Inc. / B Anthony Construction Corp. for interchange reconstruction and ADA improvements in Sullivan County.
  • $10.6 million with International Road Dynamics Corp. for installation and maintenance of permanent traffic data collection equipment in the Mohawk Valley.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $494.8 million for 135,257 personal income tax refunds.
  • $160.9 million for 205,919 property tax credits.
  • $127.8 million for 21,244 corporate and other tax refunds.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $50 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

  • $5.8 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including desktop computers, medical and lab technicians, and office supplies.

Department of Civil Service

  • $158.8 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $21.5 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan.

State Education Department

  • $45.4 million in general aid to 68 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $105.9 million for the Small Business Recovery Grant Program.
  • $75 million to Wolfspeed Inc. for a portion of the design, construction, fit-out and equipping costs of a silicon carbide semiconductor device manufacturing facility in Marcy.
  • $1.8 million to the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency to design a water system, sewer plant and electric substation for the Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park Industrial Campus.

Executive Chamber

  • $660,800 to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for legal services.

Office of General Services

  • $3.8 million for hourly-based IT services, including, $1.1 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc., and $2.7 million to 13 other vendors, ranging from $25,000 to $635,000.

Department of Health

  • $20.8 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including emergency dispatching services, call centers and consulting services. The largest portion, $6.9 million, went to Boston Consulting Group.
  • $11.2 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.

Department of Labor

  • $168.5 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation programs.

Office of the New York State Comptroller

  • $387.1 million to 1,452 Non-Entitlement Unit local governments from funds made available through the federal Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to mitigate the fiscal effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

State University of New York

  • $1.6 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

  • $168.2 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $16.7 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Unified Court System

  • $1.9 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including local grants and public assistance, office supplies and custodial services.

Other Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at nearly $2.7 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $260,000 from vendors owing debts to the state.

Cumulatively through July for calendar year 2022, the Comptroller’s office has approved 9,935 contracts valued at $28.5 billion and has approved more than 20.2 million payments worth nearly $106.1 billion. The office has rejected 808 contracts and related transactions valued at nearly $4 billion and more than 38,200 payments valued at nearly $155 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.