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

October 30, 2019

In September, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,703 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2 billion and approved nearly 3 million payments worth more than $12.9 billion. The office rejected 143 contracts and related transactions valued at $340 million and more than 2,000 payments valued at more than $6 million. More information on these contracts and payments is available at

Major Contracts Approved

Department of Agriculture and Markets

  • $188 million with Cornell University for research and other services for state agencies.

Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

  • $1.9 million with Dulcian Inc. for information technology assistance and updates to the State Aid Budgeting and Reporting system.

Division of the Budget

  • $32 million with the Boston Consulting Group Inc. for management advisory services.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $7.5 million with Law Enforcement Psychological Services Inc. for evaluations for corrections, parole and safety officers.

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $2.8 million with Cornell University for an integrated pest management system.
  • $1.7 million with the Open Space Institute Land Trust Inc. for the purchase of land on Pond Road in Essex County.

Office of General Services

  • $15.3 million with New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. for janitorial services at the Perry B. Duryea, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Buildings.
  • $1.4 million with Comalli Group Inc. to upgrade lighting for offices of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Albany County.

Governor’s Office of Employee Relations

  • $6.7 million with the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association Inc. for employee benefit contributions.

Department of Health

  • $1.4 million with Northline Landscaping Inc. for snow and ice removal at Wadsworth Laboratory facilities in Albany County.

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $11.7 million with IBM for support services for the statewide data center.

Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $2.1 million with J. Pizzirusso Landscaping Corp. for improvements at Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx.
  • $1.4 million with JM Nassau Suffolk Landscape Co. Inc. for landscape and horticultural improvements at Jones Beach State Park in Nassau County.

Division of State Police

  • $2.6 million with Axon Enterprise Inc. for Taser equipment.

State University of New York

  • $2.3 million with Manufacturers & Traders Bank for banking services for the SUNY College at Brockport.
  • $1.9 million with the Optometric Center of New York for alumni services at the SUNY College of Optometry in New York City.

Department of Transportation

  • $38 million with New York City for rehabilitation of Manhattan approaches to the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • $18.2 million with H&L Contracting Inc. for pavement resurfacing on the Northern State Parkway in Nassau County.
  • $10.6 million with Tioga Construction Co. Inc. to rehabilitate seven bridges in Montgomery County.
  • $8.2 million with Nassau County for rehabilitation of the Bayville Bridge.
  • $2.4 million with ELQ Industries Inc. for resurfacing of Route 9A in Westchester County.
  • $2.1 million with McLaughlin Construction Corp. for multi-use trails on the Empire State Trail in Erie County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds

  • $652.5 million for 1.4 million property tax credits.
  • $200 million for 67,000 personal income tax refunds.
  • $135.8 million for 24,600 corporate and other refunds.

Department of Civil Service

  • $229.4 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior, and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $21.8 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $50 million to Athenex Inc. for a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County.
  • $2.5 million to the city of Tonawanda for construction expenses to improve and expand waterfront amenities at the Gateway Harbor Park.
  • $1 million to Gryphon Sensors Inc. to design, procure, install and test unmanned aerial systems (UAS) used for various purposes such as security, search and rescue and protecting critical infrastructure.

Gaming Commission

  • $15.2 million for tribal compact payments to the cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca.

Office of General Services

  • $11.3 million for hourly-based IT services, including $2.3 million to PSI International Inc., $1.7 million to IIT Inc., $1.2 million to Knowledge Builders Inc. and $6.1 million to 16 other vendors.
  • $3.8 million to Prismatic Development Corporation for building renovations for the Manhattan Forensic Relocation project at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center in New York City. 

Department of Health

  • $34 million to New York eHealth Collaborative Inc. for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York.
  • $1.6 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations. 

New York State Thruway Authority

  • $6.7 million to Tappan Zee Constructors LLC for the New NY Bridge Project.
  • $1.4 million to HNTB New York Engineering and Architecture PC for engineering services for the New NY Bridge Project.

Department of Transportation

  • $15.8 million to Granite Construction Northeast Inc. for replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge in Kings County.
  • $3.5 million to Monroe County for rehabilitation of the Greater Rochester International Airport.
  • $2.9 million to National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for design and construction of the Hudson Line Positive Train Control System.
  • $2.1 million to Lancaster Development and Tully Construction Co. LLC for reconstruction of the I-81 and NY 17 Interchange in Broome County.

Unified Court System

  • $3.8 million to The Legal Aid Society for the Attorneys for Children Program.

Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

The office rejected more than 2,000 payments valued at more than $6 million, including tax refunds and credits valued at nearly $2.3 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $38,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of nearly $1.8 million pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through September for calendar year 2019, the Comptroller’s office has approved 14,594 contracts valued at $51.8 billion and approved nearly 24.2 million payments worth nearly $111 billion. The office has rejected 1,273 contracts and related transactions valued at nearly $4.1 billion and more than 28,300 payments valued at more than $186.9 million primarily due to errors, improprieties or lack of documentation.

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