Status contract and payout actions in January

In January, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,323 contracts for state agencies and public authorities worth $3.3 billion and nearly 1.9 million payments worth worth nearly $11 billion. The bureau rejected 69 contracts and related transactions worth $109.5 million and more than 3,400 payments worth nearly $7.6 million, mostly for errors, insufficient support for abusive fees and payments. More information about these contracts and payments is available at Open Book New York.

Main contracts approved

New York State Assembly

  • $1.5 million with Graubard Miller for outside legal services related to the redistricting process.

Executive room

  • $2.4 million with the New York State Urban Development Corporation for offices in Erie County.

Office of General Services – Design and Construction

  • $10.2 million with Butler Construction Group Inc. to build the new Department of Transportation regional sub-headquarters in Dutchess County.
  • $5 million with Mega Builders Inc. for masonry repairs and maintenance in Albany and Schenectady counties.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

  • $4.9 million with Concrete Applied Technologies Corp. for the repair of the Quaker Area Multi-Use Trail Project at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County.
  • $4.7 million with Cube Construction Services LLC for the rehabilitation of Roberto Clemente State Park in Bronx County.

State Police Division

  • $58.7 million with Procomm Systems Inc. for maintenance of cell towers and communications facilities statewide.
  • $4.8 million with Bell Helicopter Textron for helicopter flight training.

New York State Senate

  • $3 million with Cuti Hecker Wang LLP for outside legal services related to the redistricting process.

State University Building Fund

  • $3.5 million with ACS System Associates Inc. for the renovation of the Teaching Hospital building at Downstate Health Sciences University.
  • $2.5 million with Elevated Technologies for the rehabilitation of elevators at SUNY College of Optometry.

State University of New York

  • $8 million with Quadrant Biosciences for COVID-19 laboratory testing services at Upstate Medical University.
  • $5.5 million with Eurofins Viracor LLC for virological testing services for the bone marrow transplant program at Stony Brook University.

New York State Highway Authority

  • $185.3 million with Conduent State & Local Solutions Inc. for E-ZPass NY customer service center systems and license plate owner identification services.
  • $84.3 million with Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. for the replacement and rehabilitation of bridges in Onondaga County.
  • $59.6 million with Faneuil Inc. for E-ZPass NY Customer Service Center operations services.

transport department

  • $48.7 million with Autobase for statewide Emergency Local Highway Patrol (HELP) services.
  • $17.5 million with Yonkers Contracting Co., Inc. for the paving of I-84 in Dutchess and Putnam counties.
  • $8.4 million with Luck Brothers Inc. for freeway improvements and retaining walls on Route 73 in Essex County.
  • $2.5 million with Keeler Construction Co., Inc. for pavement resurfacing in Monroe County.
  • $2.1 million with Winn Construction Services Inc. for the rehabilitation of the bridge on Route 5S over Canajoharie Creek in Montgomery County.

Main payments approved

Refunds and tax credits

  • $118.2 million for 36,931 personal income tax refunds.
  • $99.9 million for 16,031 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $7.8 million for 8,362 property tax credits.

New York State Assembly

  • $34,900 to Messina Perillo Hill, LLP for legal services.

Office of Child and Family Services

  • $140.4 million through the Child Care Stabilization Grant to child care providers to help cover unforeseen business costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and to help stabilize operations so that providers can continue to provide care.
  • $347,000 to child care providers for the Essential Worker Scholarship Program to provide care for the children of essential workers.

City University of New York

  • $1.5 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including office supplies, building and grounds equipment, and computer parts and peripherals.

Civil Service Department

  • $292.6 million to CVS Caremark to provide drug benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $30.7 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for Empire Plan Mental Health and Addictions Program benefit services.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $2.7 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Education Department

  • $915 million in general assistance to 184 school districts.
  • $155.6 million in BOCES assistance to 36 organizations.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $2 million to CenterState Corporation for the Growing Entrepreneurs & Innovators in Upstate New York (GENIUS NY) program.

Gaming Commission

  • $10.5 million to distribute gaming revenue from Tioga Downs, Rivers, Montreign and Del Lago casinos to 26 local governments.
  • $2.8 million for tribal-state contract payments to the city of Salamanca.

General Service Office

  • $10 million for hourly IT services, including $2 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., $1.1 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc., and $6.9 million to 26 other vendors.

health department

  • $175.3 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including ambulance services, laboratory and medical supplies, nursing services and temporary staffing services.
  • $17.2 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
  • $12.8 million to New York eHealth Collaborative Inc. for the New York State Health Information Network.

Computer Services Office

  • $10.2 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including call centers, cloud computing services and communications equipment.

Ministry of Labour

  • $291 million for payments under Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Mixed-Income Individuals’ Compensation and assistance in the event of loss of salary.
  • $10.4 million for the Tourism Worker Recovery program.
  • $1.6 million for the Excluded Workers Fund program.

Military and Naval Affairs Division

  • $1.2 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vehicle rentals and food and beverages.

State University of New York

  • $2.4 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including medical and laboratory supplies.

Temporary Assistance and Disability Office

  • $161.6 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $51.3 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

transport department

  • $3.2 million to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for the design and construction of the Hudson Line Positive Train Control System.

Other chargebacks and other cost recoveries

The OSC has rejected refunds and tax credits valued at more than $1 million. Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $179,000 from vendors with debts to the state.

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