State contract and payment actions in October
In October, the State Comptroller’s Office approved 1,553 contracts for state agencies and public authorities worth $ 1.6 billion and approved more than 2.5 million in payments. worth over $ 11.2 billion. The office rejected 137 contracts and related transactions valued at $ 218.3 million and over 3,700 payments valued at nearly $ 11 million, mostly for errors, insufficient justification of charges and improper payments. More information on these contracts and payments is available on Open Book New York.
Major contracts approved
- $ 41.6 million for COVID-19 testing of state employees, including $ 20.8 million with TNG DX LLC and $ 20.8 million with Visit Healthcare.
- $ 12.2 million with Abbott Rapid DX North America LLC for COVID-19 antigen test kits.
motor vehicle department
- $ 30.3 million with Bloomingdale Road Investors LLC to lease office space in Westchester County.
- $ 4.8 million with Dicaralli Corp. to lease office space in Queens County.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
- $ 7.8 million with Andron Construction Corp. for the rehabilitation and improvement of the Philipse Manor Historical Site in the town of Yonkers, Westchester County.
- $ 3.3 million with Kinley Corporation for new toilet blocks at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County.
State University Building Fund
- $ 6.1 million with Butler Construction Group Inc. to replace the windows and storefronts of the Jacobson Faculty Tower at SUNY New Paltz.
- $ 2.6 million with All State Construction & Boiler Inc. to install a backflow preventer and pumping station at SUNY Purchase.
State University of New York
- $ 5.5 million with GE Precision Healthcare LLC for the care and maintenance of GE medical equipment at Stony Brook University.
- $ 5.1 million with First Choice Group CNY Inc. for temporary employment services at Northern State Medical University.
Department of Transportation
- $ 13.1 million with H&L Contracting for bridge deck replacement in Nassau County.
- $ 8.3 million with Concrete Applied Technologies Corp. for the widening of an intersection and the rehabilitation of Highway 8 in Erie County.
- $ 6.5 million with Bette & Cring LLC for the replacement of the Sitterly Road bridge on I-87 in Saratoga County.
- $ 6.2 million with Vector Construction Corp. for the replacement of the Sentinel Heights Road bridge on I-81 in Onondaga County.
- $ 2.0 million with Economy Paving Co. Inc. for the replacement of a bridge on Highway 79 over Texas Hollow Creek in Schuyler County.
Major payments approved
Refunds and tax credits
- $ 806.3 million for 195,693 personal income tax refunds.
- $ 241.6 million for 13,730 corporate and other tax refunds.
- $ 129.2 million for 100,232 property tax credits.
New York State Attorney General’s Office
- $ 1.7 million to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP for legal services.
Child and Family Services Office
- $ 125.2 million for the Child Care Stabilization Grant.
- $ 17.6 million to child care providers for the Essential Worker Scholarship Program to provide care for the children of essential workers.
New York City University
- $ 1.3 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including cleaning supplies and materials.
Civil Service Department
- $ 293.8 million to CVS Caremark to provide drug benefit services to the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
- $ 29.1 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for Mental Health and Addiction Program Benefit Services for the Empire Plan.
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
- $ 3.5 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Department of Education
- $ 297.7 million in general assistance to 117 school districts.
- $ 933,000 in excess cost assistance for school-aged special education students in three school districts.
- $ 760,000 in assistance from BOCES to seven organizations.
State Empire Development Corporation
- $ 207.7 million for the Small Business Takeover Grant program.
- $ 75.0 million to Cree, Inc. for a portion of the cost of the design, construction, layout and equipment of a silicon carbide semiconductor device manufacturing plant in the Marcy Town, Oneida County.
- $ 2.1 million to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for a portion of the construction costs of improvements to Wilkeson Pointe, Bell Slip, Terminal B and the Lakeside Complex at Buffalo Outer Harbor in Erie County.
General Service Office
- $ 9.8 million for hourly IT services, including $ 2.2 million for Knowledge Builders Inc., $ 1.1 million for MVP Consulting Plus Inc. and $ 6.5 million for 30 other vendors.
- $ 37.9 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including administrative and clerical support, ambulance services, call centers, temporary staffing services, and supplies and medical equipment.
IT Services Office
- $ 1.9 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including laptops.
Ministry of Labour
- $ 1.0 billion for the Excluded Workers Fund program.
- $ 321 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Compensation, Mixed Income Unemployment Compensation and Loss Assistance programs salary.
New York State Legislature – Assembly
- $ 250,000 to Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for legal services.
Office of Mental Health
- $ 1.1 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including temporary staffing services.
State University of New York
- $ 6.3 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including laboratory and medical supplies and equipment.
Temporary help and disability office
- $ 336.0 million for the Emergency Rent Assistance Program.
Other refusals of payment and other cost recoveries
The OSC rejected tax refunds and credits valued at over $ 4 million. The controller’s auditors also recovered nearly $ 367,000 from suppliers with debts to the government.
Cumulatively through October for the 2021 calendar year, the Comptroller’s Office approved 14,130 contracts worth $ 163.4 billion and approved nearly 171.1 million payments worth more than $ 174.5 billion, including more than 153.6 million unemployment insurance payments valued at nearly $ 43.6 billion. The office rejected 1,316 contracts and related transactions valued at $ 5.4 billion and nearly 217,700 payments valued at nearly $ 262.2 million, mostly due to errors, irregularities or lack of documentation.
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