State contract and payment actions in August

In July, the Office of the State Comptroller approved 1,232 contracts for state agencies and public authorities worth $2.2 billion and approved more than 1.8 million payment payments. worth more than $9.4 billion. The bureau rejected 120 contracts and related transactions worth $294.2 million and nearly 2,100 payments worth nearly $58.1 million, mostly for errors, insufficient support for abusive fees and payments. More information about these contracts and payments is available at Open Book New York.

Main contracts approved

Courts Administration Office

  • $17.8 million with 140-150 Grand Holdings LLC for offices in Westchester County.

Gaming Commission

  • $100 million with McCann Relationship Marketing LLC for a strategic digital marketing partner.

General Service Office

  • $61 million with Accenture LLP for a human resource management system integrator.
  • $2.6 million with Williamstown Art Conservation Center Inc. for the conservation of artwork at the Empire State Plaza in Albany County.

health department

  • $10.9 million with Cicatelli Associates Inc. for training services for the Bureau of Supplemental Food Programs.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

  • $6 million with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC for design services at Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland and Orange counties.
  • $2.3 million with Green Thumb Environmental Beautification Inc. for statewide environmental beautification services.

Public Service Commission

  • $249.2 million for utility arrears relief program, including $164.5 million to Consolidated Edison Company of NY Inc., $40 million to National Grid Upstate Utility, $10.1 million to National Grid New York City Utility, $9.8 million to Long Island Power Authority, $9 million to Rochester Gas & Electric Corp., $5.8 million to New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, 4.4 million to National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp., $2.8 million to Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., $1.6 million to Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc., and $1.2 million to million to National Grid Long Island Utility. Funds were allocated based on a utility’s share of statewide gas and electric utility arrears.

State University Building Fund

  • $27.1 million with Manning Squires Henning Co. for the Milne Library renovation at SUNY Geneseo.
  • $20.5 million with JT Cleary Inc. for SUNY Maritime College dock upgrades.

New York State Highway Authority

  • $44.6 million with Yonkers Contracting Co. to improve milling, drainage and safety in Rockland and Orange counties.
  • $8.2 million with Economy Paving Co. for the replacement of the Interchange 35 Bridge in Onondaga County.

transport department

  • $30.9 million with A Servidone Inc. / B Anthony Construction Corp. for interchange reconstruction and ADA improvements in Sullivan County.
  • $10.6 million with International Road Dynamics Corp. for the installation and maintenance of permanent traffic data collection equipment in the Mohawk Valley.

Main payments approved

Refunds and tax credits

  • $494.8 million for 135,257 personal income tax refunds.
  • $160.9 million for 205,919 property tax credits.
  • $127.8 million for 21,244 corporate and other tax refunds.

Office of Child and Family Services

  • $50 million through the Child Care Stabilization Grant to child care providers to help cover unforeseen business costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and to help stabilize operations so providers can continue to provide care.

City University of New York

  • $5.8 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including desktop computers, medical and laboratory technicians, and office supplies.

Civil Service Department

  • $158.8 million to CVS Caremark to provide drug benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $21.5 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for Empire Plan mental health and addiction program benefit services.

National Education Department

  • $45.4 million in general assistance to 68 school districts.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $105.9 million for the Small Business Recovery Grant Program.
  • $75 million to Wolfspeed Inc. for a portion of the cost to design, build, fit out and equip a silicon carbide semiconductor device manufacturing facility in Marcy.
  • $1.8 million to the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency to design a water system, sewer station, and electrical substation for the Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park industrial campus.

Executive room

  • $660,800 to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for legal services.

General Service Office

  • $3.8 million for hourly IT services, including $1.1 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc. and $2.7 million to 13 other vendors, ranging from $25,000 to $635,000.

health department

  • $20.8 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including emergency dispatch services, call centers and counseling services. The largest portion, $6.9 million, went to the Boston Consulting Group.
  • $11.2 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.

Ministry of Labour

  • $168.5 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Mixed-Income Individuals Compensation programs.

New York State Comptroller’s Office

  • $387.1 million to 1,452 lawless unit local governments from funds made available through the Federal Coronavirus Local Fiscal Stimulus Fund to help ease the fiscal effects of the emergency of public health COVID-19.

State University of New York

  • $1.6 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including administrative and clerical services as well as medical and laboratory supplies and equipment.

Temporary Assistance and Disability Office

  • $168.2 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $16.7 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Unified court system

  • $1.9 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including local grants and public assistance, office supplies and child care.

Other chargebacks and other cost recoveries

The OSC rejected refunds and tax credits valued at nearly $2.7 million. Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $260,000 from vendors with debts to the state.

Cumulatively through July for calendar year 2022, the Comptroller’s Office has approved 9,935 contracts worth $28.5 billion and approved more than 20.2 million payments worth nearly $106.1 billion. The bureau rejected 808 contracts and related transactions worth nearly $4 billion and more than 38,200 payments worth nearly $155 million, mostly due to errors, irregularities or lack of documentation.

Track state and local government spending on Open Book New York. As part of State Comptroller DiNapoli’s open data initiative, search millions of state and local government financial records, track state contracts, and find frequently requested data.

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