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

November 29, 2021

In October, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,553 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $1.6 billion and approved more than 2.5 million payments worth more than $11.2 billion. The office rejected 137 contracts and related transactions valued at $218.3 million and more than 3,700 payments valued at nearly $11 million, primarily for mistakes, insufficient support for charges, and improper payments. More information on these contracts and payments is available at Open Book New York.

Major Contracts Approved

Department of Health

  • $41.6 million for state employee COVID-19 testing including $20.8 million with TNG DX LLC and $20.8 million with Visit Healthcare.
  • $12.2 million with Abbott Rapid DX North America LLC for COVID-19 antigen test kits.

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • $30.3 million with Bloomingdale Road Investors LLC to lease office space in Westchester County.
  • $4.8 million with Dicaralli Corp. to lease office space in Queens County.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $7.8 million with Andron Construction Corp. for rehabilitation and site enhancements at Philipse Manor Historical Site in the city of Yonkers in Westchester County.
  • $3.3 million with Kinley Corporation for new comfort stations at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County.

State University Construction Fund

  • $6.1 million with Butler Construction Group Inc. to replace windows and storefronts at Jacobson Faculty Tower at SUNY New Paltz.
  • $2.6 million with All State Construction & Boiler Inc. to install backflow prevention and pump station at SUNY Purchase.

State University of New York

  • $5.5 million with GE Precision Healthcare LLC for service and maintenance of GE medical equipment at Stony Brook University.
  • $5.1 million with First Choice Group CNY Inc. for temporary employment services at Upstate Medical University.

Department of Transportation

  • $13.1 million with H & L Contracting for bridge deck replacement in Nassau County.
  • $8.3 million with Concrete Applied Technologies Corp. for intersection widening and highway rehabilitation on Route 8 in Erie County.
  • $6.5 million with Bette & Cring LLC for bridge replacement on Sitterly Road over I-87 in Saratoga County.
  • $6.2 million with Vector Construction Corp. for bridge replacement on Sentinel Heights Road over I-81 in Onondaga County.
  • $2.0 million with Economy Paving Co. Inc. for bridge replacement on Route 79 over Texas Hollow Creek in Schuyler County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $806.3 million for 195,693 personal income tax refunds.
  • $241.6 million for 13,730 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $129.2 million for 100,232 property tax credits.

New York State Office of the Attorney General

  • $1.7 million to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP for legal services.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $125.2 million under the Child Care Stabilization Grant.
  • $17.6 million to childcare providers for the Essential Worker Scholarship grant program to provide care for children of essential workers.

City University of New York

  • $1.3 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response including cleaning supplies and materials.

Department of Civil Service

  • $293.8 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $29.1 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program for the Empire Plan.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $3.5 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

State Education Department

  • $297.7 million in general aid to 117 school districts.
  • $933,000 in excess cost aid for school-aged special education students to three school districts.
  • $760,000 in BOCES aid to seven organizations.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $207.7 million for the Small Business Recovery Grant Program.
  • $75.0 million to Cree, Inc. for a portion of the cost for the design, construction, fit-out and equipping of a silicon carbide semiconductor device manufacturing facility in the town of Marcy in Oneida County.
  • $2.1 million to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for a portion of the construction costs for improvements at Wilkeson Pointe, the Bell Slip, Terminal B, and Lakeside Complex at the Buffalo Outer Harbor in Erie County.

Office of General Services

  • $9.8 million for hourly-based IT services, including $2.2 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., $1.1 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc., and $6.5 million to 30 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $37.9 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including administrative and clerical support, ambulance services, call centers, temporary staffing services and medical supplies and materials.

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $1.9 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including notebook computers.

Department of Labor

  • $1.0 billion for the Excluded Workers Fund program.
  • $321 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation, and Lost Wages Assistance programs.

New York State Legislature – Assembly

  • $250,000 to Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for legal services.

Office of Mental Health

  • $1.1 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including temporary staffing services.

State University of New York

  • $6.3 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including laboratory and medical supplies and materials.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $336.0 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Other Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at more than $4 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $367,000 from vendors owing debts to the state.

Cumulatively through October for calendar year 2021, the Comptroller’s office has approved 14,130 contracts valued at $163.4 billion and has approved nearly 171.1 million payments worth more than $174.5 billion, including more than 153.6 million unemployment insurance payments valued at nearly $43.6 billion. The office has rejected 1,316 contracts and related transactions valued at $5.4 billion and nearly 217,700 payments valued at nearly $262.2 million primarily due to errors, improprieties or lack of documentation.

Track state and local government spending at Open Book New York. Under State Comptroller DiNapoli’s open data initiative, search millions of state and local government financial records, track state contracts, and find commonly requested data.