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NEWS from the Office of the New York State Comptroller
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DiNapoli Announces State Contract and Payment Action for March 2017

May 3, 2017

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today his office approved 1,873 contracts valued at $8.77 billion and approved nearly 4.1 million payments worth more than $23.8 billion in March. His office also rejected 245 contracts and related transactions valued at $440 million and more than 4,800 payments valued at more than $9.4 million due to concerns with fraud, waste or other improprieties.

Cumulatively through March for calendar year 2017, DiNapoli's office has approved 4,830 contracts valued at $15.83 billion and approved nearly 10.3 million payments worth nearly $44.3 billion. His office has also rejected 609 contracts and related transactions valued at $3.39 billion and nearly 9,000 payments valued at more than $29.8 million.

As the state's chief financial officer, DiNapoli's office reviews contracts for all state agencies and certain state public authorities and audits all state payments. This independent review ensures that costs are reasonable, the playing field is level and taxpayers get the best value for their money. These independent audits also help ensure payments are free from fraud, waste and improprieties.

The Comptroller's office averaged seven days for contract reviews in March and two days to audit payments.

DiNapoli releases this monthly notice to provide current information about the number and types of contracts and payments by the state. This builds on his commitment to added transparency via his Open Book New York website.

Contract and payment actions for March 2017:

Legislative Travel and Per Diem Expenses

Legislative travel and per diem expenses for calendar years 2013 through 2016, and first quarter 2017 are posted in the Comptroller's reading room. This information is updated quarterly.

Major Contracts Approved

Office of General Services
  • $49.1 million for 18 contracts for Department of Transportation asphalt needs with the largest being $11.6 million with Barrett Paving Materials Inc.
Office of Information Technology Services
  • $137.1 million with Dell Marketing LP for Microsoft enterprise agreement and Office 365 renewals.
  • $20.4 million with Tyler Technologies to implement a replacement real property tax system.
Long Island Power Authority
  • $1.625 billion with Deepwater Wind South Fork LLC for the purchase of power from a 90 megawatt offshore wind generation facility.
  • $240 million with Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station to receive projected revenue from the sale of zero emission credits to NYSERDA.
  • $107.6 million with US Bank National Association for a letter of credit to support payment of the Authority's 2015 general revenue notes.
  • $77.8 million assignment of a power purchase agreement from Entergy Nuclear Power Marketing LLC to Exelon Generation Company LLC.
  • $33.95 million amendment with TD Bank National Assoc. to increase the principal amount of revolving credit to $350 million.
Department of State
  • $98 million block grant to New York City for various programs of the Department of Youth and Community Development.
  • $270,000 grant to the town of North Hempstead and $221,000 grant to the Capital District Regional Planning Commission for local government efficiency improvements.
State Insurance Fund
  • $13 million with Center Commercial Services Corporation for printing services.
  • $1.6 million with Immediate Mailing Services for electronic billing services.
  • $1.6 million with Overland Solutions Inc. for workers compensation premium audit services.
Division of State Police
  • $12.5 million with Helicopter Support Inc. d/b/a Sikorsky Commercial Inc. for an executive helicopter and related services.
  • $6.5 million with Bell Helicopter Textron for Bell Helicopter flight training.
New York State Thruway Authority
  • $18.3 million with Hanson Aggregates New York LLC for paving and drainage and safety improvements in Oneida and Montgomery Counties.
  • $5.3 million for a solar highway initiative, including $3.2 million for 2 contacts with Monolith Solar Associates LLC; and $2.1 million with CIR Electrical Construction Corp.
  • $2.6 million with Union Concrete and Construction Corp to repair the Niagara Viaduct and Louisiana St. Bridge over I-90, Erie County.
  • $1.8 million with Applications Software Technology LLC for upgrade and continuing support of Oracle e-Business Suite.
  • $650,000 with Erdman Anthony and Associates Inc. for construction inspection of the North Grand Island Bridge Deck rehabilitation.
  • $300,000 grant to the Village of Tarrytown for waterfront revitalization.
Department of Transportation
  • $33.9 million for a solar highway initiative including $27.2 million for 3 contracts with Solar Liberty Energy Systems Inc. and $6.8 million with Monolith Solar Associates LLC.
  • $17.3 million to National Railroad Passenger Corp. (AMTRAK) for the State's share of operating expenses under the intercity rail passenger service agreement.
  • $13 million with Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. for bridge replacements on Rt. 23 over Schoharie Creek and over Hunterfield Creek, town of Prattsville, Greene County.
  • $11.4 million with Defoe Corporation for restoration of Sgt. William Dougherty Park in New York City.
  • $10.7 million with National Railroad Passenger Corp. (AMTRAK) to design and procure a positive train control system on the Hudson Line.
  • $10.5 million with Economy Paving Co. Inc. for replacement of Rt. 34 bridges over Cayuga Creek and Norfolk Southern Railroad, Tioga County.
  • $9.3 million with Beaver Concrete Construction Co. Inc. to reseal and replace bridge deck joints, Bronx County.
  • $1.8 million to Long Island Railroad Company for passenger and freight rail assistance.
  • $1.4 million to New York Susquehanna and Western Railway for the Binghamton Freight Rail Terminal.
  • $1.2 million to MTA Metro North Railroad for railroad support services for bridge inspections.
  • $1.1 million to Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority for passenger and freight rail assistance.
  • $526,000 to New York & Atlantic Railway Co. for bridge inspections in Kings and Queens Counties.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds
  • $1.97 billion for 2.1 million personal income tax refunds.
  • $116.5 million for 16,000 corporate and other refunds.
  • $26 million for 78,000 property tax freeze credits.
Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • $971,000 to OPAD Media Solutions LLC for the Prescription Drug Abuse Campaign.
Empire State Development Corporation
  • $70 million to Fort Schuyler Management Corp. for facility and infrastructure build-out of an advanced packaging operation for the NY Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium Center in Utica.
  • $33.5 million to Fuller Road Management Corp. for infrastructure build-out, purchase and installation of process flow equipment and materials at SUNY Polytechnic's Nanotech complex in Albany.
  • $21.1 million to Economic Development Growth Enterprises for site and infrastructure improvements associated with the Marcy Nanocenter.
  • $1.4 million to Regan Development Corp. for the purchase of the Century Sunrise Housing in Johnson City, NY.
  • $642,000 to Buffalo Urban Development Corporation for demolition, remediation, renovations, construction, and site/street improvements on the east side of the city of Buffalo.
  • $500,000 to Economic Development Growth Enterprises for site development of the Marcy Nanocenter.
  • $292,000 to Genesee County Industrial Development Agency for land acquisition and infrastructure development for the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP).
Executive Chamber
  • $273,000 to Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason PC to provide legal services related to the U.S. Attorney's investigation of the Buffalo Billion Project and SUNY Nano Program.
Gaming Commission
  • $423,000 to Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation at Morrisville State College for equine drug testing.
Office of General Services
  • $20.9 million for hourly-based IT services, including $4.9 million to PSI International Inc., $3.2 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., and $2.7 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc.
  • $3.4 million to the Albany Convention Center Authority for the Albany Capital Center Project.
  • $190,000 to Welliver McGuire Inc. to rehab the front entrance at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
  • $162,000 to CHA Consulting Inc. for statewide services including dam inspection and engineering.
Department of Health
  • $15.7 million to Public Consulting Group Inc. for independent assessment services for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP).
  • $6.7 million to OPAD Media Solutions LLC for advertising, including $2.4 million for the tobacco control awareness campaign.
New York State Legislature - Assembly
  • $24,000 to Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP for outside counsel for independent investigations of sexual harassment.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • $288,000 to Economy Paving Co Inc. to rehab the lower entrance of the Watkins Glen State Park in Schuyler County.
  • $180,000 to J Pizzirusso Landscaping Corp. to reconstruct the lower plaza of the Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx, NY.
  • $169,000 to CHA Consulting Inc. for engineering services for various State Park regions. 
State University Construction Fund
  • $13.6 million to LP Ciminelli Inc. to construct and renovate the University of Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
State University of New York
  • $481,000 to Kelley Drye & Warren LLP for special counsel related to the U.S. Attorney's investigation of SUNY Polytechnic.
  • $233,000 to CHA Consulting Inc. for design and other services.
Department of Transportation
  • $3.7 million to Skanska-Kiewit-Ecco III JV to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge in New York City.
  • $1.1 million to The Pike Co. for design-build services at the Rochester Amtrak Train Station.
  • $741,000 to Skanska Koch Inc. to rehab the Gowanus Expressway from 48th Street to Hugh Carey Tunnel in Kings County.

Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

The Comptroller's rejection of more than 4,800 payments valued at more than $9.4 million included tax refunds valued at more than $4.1 million. DiNapoli's auditors also recovered more than $63,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of nearly $441,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors. For access to state and local government spending, public authority financial data and information on 130,000 state contracts, visit Open Book New York. The easy-to-use website was created to promote transparency in government and provide taxpayers with better access to financial data.