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

May 2, 2018

In March, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,458 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $19.5 billion and approved more than 3.8 million payments worth nearly $23.5 billion. The office rejected 215 contracts and related transactions valued at $520.4 million and more than 5,800 payments valued at nearly $8.6 million. More information on these contracts and payments is available at

Major Contracts Approved

Division of the Budget

  • $2 million with Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP for disclosure and public finance counsel services.
  • $1.5 million with Harris Beach PLLC for disclosure and public finance counsel services.

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $1.5 million with Covanta Environmental Solution LLC for pick up and disposal services for the pharmaceutical take-back program to properly dispose of unused medications.
  • $1 million to Ulster County for the Ulster County Rail Trail.

Office of General Services 

  • $12.9 million with Luck Brothers, Inc. to provide a campground and equestrian center at Frontier Town in Essex County. 
  • $7.1 million with Bette & Cring LLC for construction of a North Country Welcome Center on I-81 at Exit 50 in Orleans, Jefferson County.
  • $1.7 million with Marfi Contracting Corporation to replace the administration building roof at the State Armory in Queens County.

Department of Health

  • $20.8 million for the Capital Restructuring Financing Program, including $5.5 million to the University of Rochester, $4.8 million to the Institute for Family Health, and $4.7 million to Richmond University Medical Center; $3.0 million for Tracy Towers Medical PC; and $2.8 million for Methodist Church Home for the Aged. 
  • $2.4 million with ICF Macro, Inc. for consultant services for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Department of Transportation

  • $16.2 million with Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors and the Wesson Group Joint Venture LLC for the Adirondack Welcome Center on I-87 in Queensbury, Warren County.
  • $9.7 million with DA Collins Construction Co., Inc. for bridge rehabilitation on Route 9 & 20 over the CSX/Amtrak Railroad, and Route 9 & 20 over Route 9J Amtrak Railroad in Rensselaer County.
  • $7.6 million with Defoe Corporation for bridge deck replacement on County Route 83 over I-495 in Suffolk County.
  • $6 million with H&L Contracting LLC for overhead sign replacements and repairs in New York City. 
  • $4.6 million with Commander Electric, Inc. for Installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and information technology equipment on Routes 27 and I-495 in various locations in Suffolk County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds

  • $1.9 billion for 1.9 million personal income tax refunds.
  • $133.6 million for 18,000 corporate and other refunds.
  • $21.7 million for 76,000 property tax freeze credits.

Department of Civil Service

  • $22 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program.

Department of Education

  • $2.6 million to New York University for the Higher Education Opportunity Program.

Empire State Development Corporation 

  • $37.1 million to Fort Schuyler Management Corporation for costs associated with the Buffalo high-tech manufacturing innovation hub at RiverBend Park in Buffalo.
  • $14 million to Economic Development Growth Enterprises (Mohawk Valley EDGE) for costs associated with infrastructure improvements at the Marcy Nanocenter in Utica.
  • $6 million to Buffalo Urban Development Corporation for renovation, construction and equipment for the Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo.
  • $5.9 million to Fuller Road Management Corporation for design, construction and facility improvements to the SUNY Poly NanoFab Xtension building in Albany.
  • $3.5 million to Northeast UAS Airspace Research Alliance, Inc. for the design, procurement and installation of a radar/sensor test corridor between Syracuse and Rome for unmanned aircraft. 
  • $3 million to State Tower Garage, Inc. for construction and renovation costs for the State Tower building in Syracuse.
  • $1.5 million to Niagara Street Buffalo, LLC to renovate the Turner Brothers Lofts in Buffalo.
  • $1.5 million to CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity for the Growing ENtrepreneurs & Innovators in UpState New York (GENIUS NY) business competition.
  • $1.1 million to USA Niagara Development Corporation for the purchase of a vacant land parcel at 101 Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Executive Chamber

  • $440,000 to Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. for legal services and fees related to the U.S. Attorney's investigation of the Buffalo Billion Project and the SUNY Nano Program.

Office of General Services

  • $24.5 million for hourly-based IT services, including $5.2 million to PSI International, Inc., $3.7 million to IIT, Inc., and $3.3 million to Knowledge Builders, Inc.
  • $6.1 million to Prismatic Development Corporation for building renovations for the Manhattan Forensic Relocation project at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center.
  • $6 million to HBP Joint Venture for design/build at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center.

Department of Health

  • $6 million to New York eHealth Collaborative, Inc. for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). 
  • $4.3 million to Maximus, Inc. for assistance with the state's Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.

Department of Homeland Security

  • $3.8 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the Urban Area Security Initiative.
  • $2.1 million to New York City for the State Homeland Security Program.

New York State Legislature – Assembly

  • $47,000 to Rossein Associates for outside counsel for independent investigations of sexual harassment.
  • $28,400 to Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP for outside counsel for independent investigations of sexual harassment.

New York State Legislature – Senate

  • $5,000 to DeFio Kean PLLC for anti-harassment policy review.

State University of New York Construction Fund

  • $2.3 million to LP Ciminelli for construction of a new building at the University of Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Department of Transportation

  • $5.5 million to Skanska Koch, Inc. for steel repairs on the Gowanus Expressway in Kings County.
  • $4.9 million to Hudson Transit Lines, Inc. for New York's intercity bus passenger services.
  • $4.9 million to New York City for operational support for the Traffic Management Center.
  • $4.7 million to Tully Construction Co., Inc. for bridge rehabilitation on the Major Deegan Expressway.
  • $3.4 million to Skanska-Kiewit-ECCO III JV for costs associated with the replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge over Newton Creek, from Brooklyn to Queens.
  • $3 million to Clinton County for the rehabilitation of the Plattsburgh International Airport.
  • $3 million to Granite Construction Northeast, Inc. for the Kosciuszko Bridge replacement over Newtown Creek, from Brooklyn to Queens.
  • $2.7 million to Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc. to reconstruct Exit 131 at the intersection of Routes 17 and 32 in Orange County.
  • $2.5 million to El Sol Contracting ES II Enterprises JV for bridge repairs on the Gowanus Expressway in Kings County.
  • $1.4 million to the Thruway Authority for I-87 emergency repairs over Catskill Creek, Greene County.
  • $1.3 million to Marcy Excavation Services LLC for parking lot improvements at the NYS Fairgrounds in Onondaga County.

Unified Court System

  • $21 million to New York City for court cleaning and minor repairs.

Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

The Comptroller's rejection of more than 5,800 payments valued at nearly $8.6 million included tax refunds valued at more than $8 million. The Comptroller's auditors also recovered nearly $96,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of more than $461,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through March for calendar year 2018, the Comptroller's office approved 4,325 contracts valued at $22.4 billion and approved nearly 11.3 million payments worth nearly $44.9 billion.  The office rejected 549 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.4 billion and nearly 9,200 payments valued at nearly $18 million primarily due to errors, improprieties, or lack of documentation.

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