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NEWS from the Office of the New York State Comptroller
Contact: Press Office 518-474-4015

State Contract and Payment Actions in April

May 24, 2023

In April, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,580 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $1.3 billion and approved nearly 4.2 million payments worth nearly $13.7 billion. The office rejected 115 contracts and related transactions valued at $255.5 million and nearly 6,200 payments valued at nearly $28.2 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 Environmental Conservation

  • $13.2 million with Paul Smiths College of Arts & Science for administration of the Adirondack region Aquatic Invasive Species spread prevention program.

Office of General Services – Design & Construction

  • $5.3 million with Alvion Group Inc. for the replacement of ceilings in several buildings at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility in Greene County.
  • $3.5 million with Nurzia Construction Corp. for the replacement of roll-up doors for truck access at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in Dutchess County.

Office of Information Technology Services

  • $1.3 million with Protek Information Technology Services LLC for the purchase of a CrowdStrike platform.

Division of Military and Naval Affairs

  • $1.8 million with Peters Grill & Bar Corp. for meal service to National Guard members deployed to the National Guard Asylum Mission in New York City.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $12.7 million with MLB Construction Services LLC for construction of the Frederic Church Visitor Center at Olana State Park in Columbia County.

Department of Transportation

  • $24.1 million with ES II Enterprises for traffic and demand management implementation on I-495 in Queens County.
  • $18 million to Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority for terminal renovations and exterior improvements.
  • $16.2 million with Tioga Construction Co. for new bridge construction on Route 28 in Hamilton County.
  • $6 million to New York City for the Off Hours Deliveries Incentive Program.
  • $5.4 million with Parsons Transportation Group of NY Inc. for engineering feasibility and planning study for the reimagining of the I-787 corridor in Albany County.

State University Construction Fund

  • $6.1 million with Burgio & Campofelice Inc. for mechanical system upgrades at SUNY Buffalo.
  • $3.5 million with Frey Electric Construction Co Inc. for emergency generator replacements at SUNY Buffalo.

State University of New York

  • $4.7 million with Intuitive Surgical Inc. for DaVinci surgical robot instruments and accessories at Upstate Medical University in Onondaga County.
  • $1.9 million with GE Precision Healthcare LLC for an imaging system at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn.
  • $1.3 million with Davis Wallbridge Inc. for stadium turf replacement at SUNY Morrisville.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $4.2 billion for 2,565,875 personal income tax refunds.
  • $235.1 million for 75,851 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $5.1 million for 5,924 property tax credits.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $5.2 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

  • $3 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including: $1 million to Applied DNA Clinical Labs LLC for medical and laboratory technicians and $2 million to 40 vendors for various other purposes such as vehicle acquisitions, desktop computers, and office supplies.

Department of Civil Service

  • $358.2 million to CaremarkPCS Health LLC to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior, and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $36 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan.

State Education Department

  • $1.4 billion in general aid to 388 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $22 million to Oneida County for a portion of the construction and renovation costs for the Nexus Center, a 169,440 square-foot sports and recreation facility in Utica.
  • $7.2 million to Cornell University for awards, operating and marketing costs of the New York Food and Agriculture Challenge in the Central New York, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier regions.
  • $1.6 million to Edison Welding Institute, Inc. for working capital for the Buffalo Manufacturing Works’ “Shift 2.0” program to assist small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in Western New York.

Office of General Services

  • $3 million for hourly-based IT services, including: $1.1 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc. and $1.9 million to 12 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $3 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including $2.1 million to Deloitte Consulting LLP for advisory/consulting services, and $900,000 to 20 vendors for various other purposes such as local grants and public assistance, nursing, and administrative and clerical services. 

Department of Labor

  • $222.5 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $56.9 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $2.5 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Other Contract and Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

DiNapoli’s office rejected tax refunds and credits valued at more than $20.1 million. Auditors also recovered more than $333,000 from vendors owing debts to the state and held payments of more than $554,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through April for calendar year 2023, DiNapoli’s office approved 8,011 contracts valued at $17.4 billion and approved nearly 13 million payments worth nearly $77 billion. The office rejected 527 contracts and related transactions valued at nearly $826.9 million and more than 23,100 payments valued at more than $94.1 million primarily due to errors, improprieties, or lack of documentation.