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

March 31, 2022

In February, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,465 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $1.4 billion and approved more than 2.9 million payments worth nearly $10 billion. The office rejected 121 contracts and related transactions valued at $206.2 million and nearly 7,000 payments valued at more than $23.1 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

Office of General Services – Design & Construction

  • $9 million with Kasselman Electric Co., Inc. to provide facility-wide CCTV and audio monitoring systems at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Sullivan County.
  • $8.5 million with VMJR Companies LLC to replace the center courtyard roof on the New York State Capitol in Albany County.
  • $5 million with Elevated Technologies to rehabilitate elevators at New York Psychiatric Institute in New York County.

Department of Health

  • $28.2 million for the staffing of COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites including $17.2 million with Northwell Healthcare Inc. and $11 million with Somos Healthcare Providers Inc.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $3.1 million with Moey Inc. for exhibit fabrication and installation at Niagara Falls Visitor Center in Niagara County.
  • $1.7 million with Sommerville-Wilson Inc. for exhibit fabrication at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site in Westchester County.
  • $1.1 million with Sajiun Electric Inc. for walkway lighting repairs at Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens County.

State University of New York

  • $3.1 million with FAHS Construction Group Inc. to renovate the IcePlex at SUNY Morrisville.
  • $1.1 million with Kashi Clinical Labs Inc. for high resolution reference testing at Stony Brook University.
  • $1.1 million with C&S Technical Resources Inc. to renovate Randall Hall bathrooms at SUNY Cortland.

Department of Transportation

  • $28.3 million with Crane Hogan Structural Systems Inc. to rehabilitate canal lift bridges on Routes 19 & 98 over Erie Canal in Monroe and Orleans counties.
  • $21.2 million with Bette & Cring LLC to replace I-87 bridges over Route 9 in Warren County.
  • $10.5 million with ELQ Industries Inc. to resurface Routes 141 & 117 in Westchester County.
  • $6 million with Union Concrete and Construction Corp. for intersection reconstruction and resurfacing on Routes 400 & 16 in Erie County.
  • $2.9 million with ING Civil Inc. for bridge deck replacement on Route 20 over Schoharie Creek in Schoharie County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $1.1 billion for 1,177,652 personal income tax refunds.
  • $115 million for 13,139 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $4.1 million for 4,437 property tax credits.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $54.6 million under the Child Care Stabilization Grant to childcare providers to help cover unexpected business costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and to help stabilize operations so that providers may continue to provide care.

City University of New York

  • $2.3 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including office supplies and medical and lab technicians.

Department of Civil Service

  • $314.6 million to CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $26.6 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program for the Empire Plan.

State Education Department

  • $599.4 million in general aid to 262 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $3 million to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York to establish the Innovation Hub to promote economic development in Western New York.

Executive Chamber

  • $1.8 million to Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC for legal services.

Gaming Commission

  • $7.4 million for tribal-state compact payments to Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego counties.

Office of General Services

  • $10.9 million for hourly-based IT services, including $2.3 million MVP Consulting Plus Inc., $2.3 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., and $6.3 million to 25 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $290.1 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including COVID-19 test kits, laboratory and medical supplies, nursing services, and temporary staffing services.
  • $17.2 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
  • $8.9 million to New York eHealth Collaborative Inc. for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York.

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $2.6 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including cloud computing services.

Department of Labor

  • $243.3 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation, and Lost Wages Assistance programs.
  • $4 million for the Tourism Worker Recovery program.

New York State Legislature – Assembly

  • $52,200 to Graubard Miller for legal services.

Division of Military and Naval Affairs

  • $1.3 million for purchases to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including food and drink, and vehicle rentals.

State University of New York

  • $7.3 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including administrative and clerical services, and medical supplies and materials.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $154.5 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $33.6 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Other Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at more than $12.5 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered nearly $157,000 from vendors owing debts to the state and held payments of more than $551,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through February for calendar year 2022, the Comptroller’s office has approved 2,788 contracts valued at $4.7 billion and has approved more than 4.8 million payments worth more than $20.9 billion, including nearly 1.6 million unemployment insurance payments valued at more than $534.2 million. The office has rejected 190 contracts and related transactions valued at $315.7 million and nearly 10,400 payments valued at more than $30.7 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.