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

July 27, 2023

In June, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 2,037 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2.1 billion and approved nearly 1.9 million payments worth nearly $13.2 billion. The office rejected 244 contracts and related transactions valued at $490.3 million and more than 1,500 payments valued at nearly $11.5 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

  • $2.6 million with Metal Man Restoration for metal restoration and maintenance at the Empire State Plaza in Albany County.
  • $2.4 million with Green Thumb Environmental Beautification Inc. for environmental maintenance and beautification at various state office buildings.  

Office of General Services – Design & Construction

  • $14.7 million with MLB Construction Services LLC for structural repairs at the Sheridan Hollow Parking Facility in Albany County.
  • $2.2 million with Titan Roofing Inc. for roof replacements at the State Armory in Rensselaer County.

Department of Health

  • $5.5 million with Currier McCabe and Associates Inc. for maintenance and operation of the Women, Infants, and Children Management Information System.
  • $1.1 million with Insight Public Sector for Tableau licenses.

New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority

  • $2.4 million with Snow Economics Inc. for snow making equipment at Belleayre, Gore, and Whiteface mountains.

Division of State Police

  • $6 million with JR Proprietors Inc. for food service at the New York State Police Academy.
  • $1.8 million with East Coast Emergency Lighting Inc. for fleet vehicle parts and supplies.

Department of Transportation

  • $12 million with DA Collins Construction Co Inc. for bridge rehabilitation at various locations in Schenectady and Albany counties.
  • $6.2 million with Luck Brothers Inc. for bridge rehabilitation on Route 9 over the Abusable River in Clinton County.
  • $1.7 million with Robert Henty Landscaping Inc. for interstate mowing and cleanup at various locations in Onondaga County.
  • $1 million with Cives Corporation for tow plows.

State University Construction Fund

  • $49.4 million with FAHS Construction Group Inc. for renovation of the Plant Science Building at Cornell.
  • $27.2 million with Murnane Building Contractors to renovate Cornish Van Hoesen Hall at SUNY Cortland.
  • $4 million with North Central Mechanical Inc. to replace high temperature water lines at various locations at Binghamton University.

State University of New York

  • $4.8 million with Coachman Luxury Transport for athletic and campus coach buses at Stony Brook University.
  • $1.9 million with Bolands Excavating & Topsoil Inc. for synthetic turf renovations at Binghamton University.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $590.8 million for 201,445 personal income tax refunds.
  • $101.8 million for 37,754 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $42.5 million for 106,233 property tax credits.

Division of Budget

  • $2.8 million to Accenture LLP for strategic advisory/consulting services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Office of Children and Family Services

  • $2.6 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

  • $2.9 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including: $654,000 to Applied DNA Clinical Labs LLC for medical and lab technician services; $602,000 for parts and peripherals, which includes $435,000 to CDW Government LLC; and more than $1.6 million to 35 vendors for various other purposes such as office supplies and equipment, desktop computers and software.

Department of Civil Service

  • $385.6 million to CaremarkPCS Health LLC to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior, and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $41.5 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan.

State Education Department

  • $1.3 billion in general aid to 637 school districts.
  • $608.3 million in excess cost aid to 672 school districts for school-aged special education students.

Empire State Development Corp.

  • $7.2 million to Oneida County for a portion of the design, planning, construction, and renovation cost for the SkyDome, a 55,000 square-foot indoor research and testing facility for unmanned aircraft systems at Griffiss International Airport.
  • $1.7 million to Rochester Economic Development Corp. for a portion of the funding to establish the Revitalize Rochester Fund, which is intended to support redevelopment efforts in struggling commercial districts and low-income neighborhoods.

Office of General Services

  • $19.5 million for hourly-based IT services, including: $4.9 million to Knowledge Builders Inc., $1.9 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc., $1.8 million to Panha Solutions Inc., $1.4 million to Sligo Software Solutions Inc., $1.3 million to Greycell Labs Inc., $1.3 million to Computer Technology Services Inc., $1.3 million to I-Link Solutions Inc., and $5.6 million to 23 other vendors.

Department of Health

  • $14.5 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
  • $6.3 million to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, including: $1.6 million for local grants and public assistance, which includes $715,000 to the Hispanic Federation Inc.; and $4.7 million to 23 vendors for various other purposes such as call centers and enhanced telecommunication services.
  • $5.5 million to New York eHealth Collaborative Inc. for the Statewide Health Information Network of New York.

Department of Labor

  • $212.1 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation programs.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $47.6 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $2.3 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 $2.2 million. Auditors also recovered more than $230,500 from vendors owing debts to the state and held payments of nearly $980,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors. 

Cumulatively through June for calendar year 2023, DiNapoli’s office approved 12,094 contracts valued at $21.7 billion and approved more than 17.3 million payments worth more than $107.2 billion. The office rejected 963 contracts and related transactions valued at nearly $1.6 billion and more than 27,700 payments valued at nearly $124.7 million primarily due to errors, improprieties, or lack of documentation.