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

May 8, 2023

In March, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 2,618 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $7.1 billion and approved nearly 4.2 million payments worth nearly $38.1 billion. The office rejected 159 contracts and related transactions valued at $272.6 million and nearly 9,200 payments valued at nearly $34.6 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 Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $4.8 million with 250 Fulton Avenue Realty LLC for lease space in Nassau County.
  • $1 million with HOP Energy LLC for fuel oil in Ulster County.

Office of General Services – Design & Construction

  • $15.3 million with Marcy Excavation Services LLC for a Water Tower and Meter Building at Midstate Correctional Facility in Oneida County.
  • $2.6 million with Elmer W. Davis Inc. for roof replacement at State Police Troop E Headquarters in Ontario County.
  • $2.3 million with KS Construction of NY Inc. for parking garage rehabilitation at Dulles State Office Building in Jefferson County.

Department of Health

  • $20.8 million with Health Research Inc. for the New York State Smokers Quitline and online Quitsite.
  • $3.6 million with Pfizer Inc. for pediatric vaccines.

State Insurance Fund

  • $1.5 million with New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. for day porter services for the White Plains, Melville, Rochester and Binghamton offices.

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

  • $3.5 million with SHI International Corp for ParkHub parking payment equipment.
  • $2.6 million with Con-Tech Building Systems Inc. for road realignment at Wellesley Island State Park in Jefferson County.
  • $1.5 million with Acheson Doyle Architects PC for professional design services in Long Island and New York City.

Department of Transportation

  • $44.7 million with El Sol Contracting ES II Enterprises JV for bridge rehabilitation on the Bruckner Expressway in Bronx County.
  • $26.8 million with Keeler Construction Co. for pavement rehabilitation on Route I-390 in Livingston County.
  • $16.8 million with Hinck Electrical Contractor Inc. for maintenance of the Information for Motorists System on Long Island.
  • $13.4 million with Olivera Contracting Inc. for concrete pavement repair at various locations in Bronx, Kings and Queens counties.

State University Construction Fund

  • $7.8 million with Northland Associates Inc. for elevator upgrades at SUNY New Paltz.
  • $5.2 million with R Pugni and Sons Inc. for accessibility site improvements at SUNY Purchase.
  • $4.4 million with Fahs Construction Group Inc. for the replacement of an underground electrical feeder system at SUNY Oneonta.

State University of New York

  • $6.2 million with Parkline Asphalt Maintenance Inc. for preventive maintenance and digital inspection of a sewer system at Stony Brook University.
  • $4.7 million with Truescreen Inc. for employee and non-employee background checks at Stony Brook University.
  • $2 million with Andrew R Mancini Association Inc. for a greenhouse restoration at Binghamton University.
  • $1.6 million with All-Con Contracting Corp for bathroom upgrades at the College of Technology at Farmingdale.
  • $1.1 million with New York Optometric Association for marketing and logistical services at the College of Optometry.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $2.9 billion for 2,194,385 personal income tax refunds.
  • $102.8 million for 22,198 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $7.7 million for 8,423 property tax credits.

Division of Budget

  • $2 million to Accenture LLP for strategic advisory/consulting services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $9.3 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

  • $12.7 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including: $3.2 million to Applied DNA Clinical Labs LLC for medical and lab technicians; $2.2 million for office supplies, which includes $956,500 to Vandis Inc.; $2 million for office equipment, which includes $1.8 million to Riomar Group Ventures Inc.; $1.2 million for desktop computers, which includes $445,300 to Empire Electronics Inc.; $1.2 million for software, which includes $994,100 to Riomar Group Ventures Inc.; and $2.9 million to 82 vendors for various other purposes such as phone services, parts and peripherals, and community improvement.

Department of Civil Service

  • $331.6 million to CaremarkPCS Health LLC to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $39.9 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan.

State Education Department

  • $7.2 billion in general aid to 631 school districts.
  • $1.8 billion in excess cost aid to 668 school districts for school-aged special education students.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $75 million to WolfSpeed Inc. for a portion of the design, construction, fit-out and equipping costs of a Silicon Carbide Semiconductor Device Manufacturing facility in Marcy, NY.
  • $11.4 million to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. for construction-related costs for improvements at Wilkeson Pointe, the Bell Slip, Terminal B, and Lakeside Complex at the Buffalo Outer Harbor in Erie County.
  • $5.8 million for the Small Business Recovery Grant Program.

Office of General Services

  • $15.9 million for hourly-based IT services, including: $4.4 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., $1.2 million to Computer Technology Services Inc., $1 million to i-Link Solutions Inc., and $9.3 million to 27 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $27.1 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
  • $27 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including: $12.2 million for advisory/consulting services, which includes $9.8 million to The Boston Consulting Group Inc., and $2.4 million to Deloitte Consulting LLP; $7 million for local grants and public assistance, which includes $1.8 million to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and $1.1 million to the Food Bank of New York City; $3.1 million for call centers, which includes $2.3 million to Deloitte Consulting LLP; $2 million to AmbulnzNY LLC for emergency medical and standby services; $1.2 million for laboratory supplies and materials, which includes $1.16 million to BCalifornia LLC; and $1.5 million to 33 vendors for various other purposes such as health management services, nursing and client services. 
  • $20.3 million to New York eHealth Collaborative Inc. for the Statewide Health Information Network of New York.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

  • $1 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including $994,300 to Life Science Logistics NY LLC for warehouse management services.

Department of Labor

  • $254.7 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation programs.

State University of New York

  • Nearly $2.3 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including: $830,000 for laboratory supplies and materials, which includes $760,000 to bioMérieux Inc.; $510,000 for office supplies, which includes $330,000 to bioMérieux Inc.; and $960,000 to 34 vendors for various other purposes such as administrative and clerical services, and dental and pharmaceutical supplies and materials.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $63.1 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $2.8 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 $27.1 million. The Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $1.5 million from vendors owing debts to the state and held payments of more than $317,700 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through March for calendar year 2023, DiNapoli’s office approved 6,431 contracts valued at $16.1 billion and approved nearly 8.8 million payments worth more than $63.3 billion. The office rejected 412 contracts and related transactions valued at nearly $571.4 million and more than 16,900 payments valued at nearly $66 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.