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

August 31, 2023

In July, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,580 contracts for state agencies and public authorities valued at $2.7 billion and approved nearly 1.8 million payments worth more than $9.1 billion.

The office rejected 209 contracts and related transactions valued at $2.4 billion and nearly 1,600 payments valued at nearly $12.5 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 Cannabis Management

  • $1.7 million with New York State Technology Enterprise Corp. for system integration and deployment assistance for the “seed to sale” tracking system.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $9 million for nurses at the Green Haven Correctional Facility, including: $3.8 million with EGA Associates LLC, $3 million with White Glove Placement Inc., and $2.2 million with Maxim Healthcare Staffing Services Inc.
  • $3 million with Constellation NewEnergy Inc. for energy audits at Collins and Lakeview Correctional Facilities.

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $2 million with Dow Electric Inc. for Job Order Contracting in various regions.
  • $1.2 million with Normandeau Associates Inc. to conduct a Hudson River fall shoal fishery survey.

Office of General Services

  • $3.3 million with Vermont Quarries Corp. for marble paver replacements.
  • $1 million with Carahsoft Technology Corp. for configuration of Acquia cloud products.

Office of General Services – Design & Construction

  • $13 million with Jacobs Project Management Co. for construction management services on electrical infrastructure projects.
  • $4 million with Kinsley Arms Inc. for underground infrastructure work at the Harriman Office Campus in Albany County.
  • $1 million with Ben Ciccone Inc. for restoration of the maintenance area at the Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County.

Department of Health

  • $8.1 million with Maximus US Services Inc. for operation and maintenance of the New York State Physician Profile system.
  • $2.9 million with Island Peer Review Organization Inc. for performance monitoring of the Maternal and Child Health programs.
  • $2 million with FFF Enterprises Inc. for the purchase of flu shots.
  • $1 million to Albert Einstein College of Medicine for the study of early blood cancer detection in World Trade Center first responders.

Department of Transportation

  • $384.5 million with Cashless Tolling Constructors LLC for the Interstate 81 viaduct project, phase 1 contract 2, in Onondaga County.
  • $23.3 million with Green Thumb Environmental Beautification Inc. for maintenance of rest stops statewide.
  • $9.1 million with H&L Contracting LLC for concrete pavement restoration at various locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
  • $7.5 million with Bentley Systems Inc. for computer aided design drawing software.

State University Construction Fund

  • $9.2 million with All State Boiler and Construction Inc. for steam system replacement at SUNY Farmingdale in Suffolk County.
  • $2.3 million with Architectural Resources DPC for design services to renovate Mason Hall at SUNY Fredonia in Chautauqua County.

State University of New York

  • $12.6 million with Howmedica Osteonics Corporation for hip and knee implants and related items at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Onondaga County.
  • $2.5 million with Southern Tier Stages Inc. for intercollegiate athletics bus transportation at Binghamton University in Broome County.

Major Payments Approved

Tax Refunds and Credits

  • $399.6 million for 112,327 personal income tax refunds.
  • $116.2 million for 29,639 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $36.5 million for 52,680 property tax credits.

Department of Civil Service

  • $350.5 million to CaremarkPCS Health LLC to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior, and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $35.8 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program of the Empire Plan.

State Education Department

  • $29.9 million in general aid payments to 61 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $5 million to Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum for a portion of construction costs and development expenses for a 988-space parking garage in Rochester.
  • $3.8 million to Excell Technology Ventures Inc. to provide financing predominantly for high-tech startup companies in the Finger Lakes Region through the Finger Lakes Venture Fund.

Gaming Commission

  • $10.4 million for tribal-state compact payments to the cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Salamanca, and to the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

Office of General Services

  • $4.7 million for hourly-based IT services, including nearly $754,000 to SLIGO Software Solutions Inc. and $3.9 million to 17 other vendors.

Department of Labor

  • $261.2 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs.

State University of New York Construction Fund

  • $4.5 million to Fahs Construction Group Inc. for the construction of a Health & Wellness Center at the State University Health Science Center at Syracuse.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

  • $40.3 million for payments under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Department of Transportation

  • $11 million to the National Railroad Passenger Corp. to cover costs of Amtrak’s service in New York, including certain capital and operating costs, lease payments, and maintenance activities.
  • $3.3 million to the Albany County Airport Authority for the terminal expansion project at the Albany International Airport.

Other Contract and Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

DiNapoli’s office rejected tax refunds and credits valued at more than $1.5 million. Auditors also recovered more than $1.6 million from vendors owing debts to the state and held more than $380,000 in payments pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through July for calendar year 2023, DiNapoli’s office approved 13,674 contracts valued at $24.4 billion and approved more than 19.1 million payments worth nearly $116.4 billion. The office rejected 1,172 contracts and related transactions valued at approximately $4 billion and more than 29,300 payments valued at more than $137.1 million primarily due to errors, improprieties, or lack of documentation.