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

June 23, 2020

In May, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 791 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $1.2 billion and approved approximately 20.2 million payments worth nearly $25.9 billion. The Office rejected 93 contracts and related transactions valued at $150 million and more than 9,000 payments valued at more than $21.4 million, primarily for mistakes, insufficient support for charges, and improper payments. More information on these contracts and payments is available at

The Governor’s Executive Order 202 suspended the Office of the State Comptroller’s review and approval of contracts related to the COVID-19 crisis until July 6, 2020. At the administration's request, OSC has been expediting payments for purchases. These are reported on Open Book.

Major Contracts Approved

Department of Agriculture & Markets

  • $5.6 million with the Farmers Market Federation of NY for Farmers Market Nutrition Program check processing services.

Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

  • $1 million with Lighthouse Software Systems LLC for an opioid treatment access and dosage registry system.

City University of New York

  • $6.5 million with Coursedog Inc. to implement a curriculum and event management system.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $2.2 million with the Osborne Association to operate visitor centers.

Office of Court Administration

  • $3.6 million with NYC Community Dispute Resolution Centers including $2.1 million for the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and $1.5 million for the New York Center for Interpersonal Development Inc.

Office of General Services

  • $4 million with Gudabri Inc. to provide salt storage buildings for the Department of Transportation in Hamilton and Oswego Counties.
  • $3 million with Sage Engineering Associates LLP for replacement of underground water lines at various correctional facilities statewide.
  • $2 million with Cha Consulting, Inc. for construction management services at the Riverfront Pump Station in Albany County.

Department of Health

  • $2 million with the United Hospital Fund of New York Inc. for Medicaid analysis and policy support.

Division of State Police

  • $3.2 million with East Coast Emergency Lighting Inc. for patrol vehicle lighting.

Statewide Financial System

  • $65 million for PeopleSoft advisory and implementation services, including $41 million with Metaformers Inc. and $24 million with Deloitte Consulting.

Department of Transportation

  • $115.2 million with Halmar International LLC for bridge replacement and flood mitigation at various locations in Westchester County.
  • $28.8 million with El Sol Contracting / ES II Enterprises JV to repair steel and replace the ramp deck on the Gowanus Expressway in Kings County.
  • $15 million with the Port Of Oswego Authority for the central New York inland port project in Oswego County.
  • $10.9 million with Cobleskill Stone Products Inc. for asphalt rehabilitation on various routes in Albany, Greene, and Schenectady Counties.
  • $8.4 million with Concrete Applied Technologies Corp. for highway rehabilitation on Route 354 in Erie County.
  • $4 million with Sullivan County Paving & Construction Inc. for replacement of the Route 209 bridge in Ulster County.

State University of New York

  • $15.7 million with University Pathologists Laboratories LLP for lab services at Upstate Medical University.
  • $3.1 million with Parkline Asphalt Maintenance Inc. for paving and pothole repairs at Stony Brook University.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds

  • $1 billion for 860,000 personal income tax refunds.
  • $246 million for 25,000 corporate and other refunds.
  • $4 million for 6,900 property tax credits.

Department of Civil Service

  • $250.4 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $26.5 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program for the NYS Empire Plan.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

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

Empire State Development Corporation 

  • $2.1 million to Excell Technology Ventures, Inc. to provide financing for high-tech startup companies in the Finger Lakes Region through the Finger Lakes Venture Fund.

Office of General Services

  • $7.3 million for hourly-based IT services, including $1.4 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., $1.2 million to IIT Inc. and $4.7 million to 19 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $74.7 million for emergency supplies and other costs to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Department of Labor

  • $8.2 billion for Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation claims.

State University of New York

  • $7.3 million for emergency supplies and other purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Department of Education

  • $4 billion in general aid payments to school districts.

Department of Transportation

  • $6.2 million to Granite Construction Northeast Inc. for replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge in Kings County.
  • $2.9 million to National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for design and construction of the Hudson River Line Positive Train Control System.
  • $1.2 million to ECCO III Enterprises Inc. for the Kew Gardens Interchange project in Queens County.

Payment Rejection and Other Cost Recoveries

The office rejected more than 9,000 payments valued at more than $21.4 million, including tax refunds and credits valued at more than $10.2 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $22,000 from vendors owing debts to the state, and held payments of more than $43,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through May for calendar year 2020, the Comptroller’s office has approved 6,249 contracts valued at $25.5 billion and has approved nearly 41.2 million payments worth more than $86.4 billion. The office has rejected 511 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.43 billion and nearly 33,000 payments valued at more than $231 million primarily due to errors, improprieties or lack of documentation.

Find out how your government money is spent at Open Book New York. Track municipal spending, the state's 170,000 contracts, billions in state payments and public authority data. Visit the Reading Room for contract FOIL requests, bid protest decisions and commonly requested data, including Legislative travel and per diem expenses.