State contract and payment actions in July

In July, the State Comptroller’s Office approved 1,440 contracts for state agencies and public authorities worth $ 11.1 billion and approved nearly 16.6 million in payments. worth nearly $ 13.7 billion. The office rejected 144 contracts and related transactions valued at $ 242.9 million and over 5,800 payments valued at over $ 25.2 million, mainly for errors, insufficient justification of charges and inappropriate payments . More information on these contracts and payments is available on Open Book New York.

Governor’s Order in Council 202, which suspended the Office of the State Comptroller’s review and approval of contracts related to the COVID-19 crisis, was revoked effective June 25, 2021. The Governor’s Order in Council 211, published on July 6, 2021, declared a natural disaster due to gun violence and suspended the approval role of the controller under State Finance Law § 112 with respect to “contracts, leases , licenses, permits or any other written agreement that may be entered into for the purpose of mitigation [the] disaster emergency ”, among others.

Major contracts approved

Attorney General’s Office

  • $ 2.6 million with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP for legal services.
  • $ 950,000 with Vladeck Raskin & Clark PC for legal services.

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • $ 5.2 million with Mark Cerrone Inc. for the relocation of sewers to Old Upper Mountain Road in Niagara County.
  • $ 1.1 million with Economy Paving Co. for a new observation deck in the unique area of ​​Carpenter Falls, Cayuga County.

Executive room

  • $ 2.5 million with Walden Macht & Haran LLP for legal services.

General Service Office – Design and Construction

  • $ 1.7 million with All-Con Contracting Corp. for the renovation of the lobby and security office at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens County.
  • $ 1.6 million with Wilkins Mechanical Inc. to upgrade the controls and heating system at the Taberg Residential Center for Girls in Oneida County.

health department

  • $ 1.5 million with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP for legal services.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

  • $ 3.3 million with A. Collaruso & Son Inc. for the rehabilitation of the Hudson Eagles boat launch in Greene County.
  • $ 1.4 million with Tahawus Trails LLC to rehabilitate the gorge access trail stairs at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara County.

State University Building Fund

  • $ 31.7 million with Jemco Electrical Contractors for the electrical system upgrade at Downstate Health Sciences University.
  • $ 26.3 million with Niram Inc. to rehabilitate the Javits Lecture Center at Stony Brook University.
  • $ 23.8 million with LeChase Construction Services LLC to renovate Farnsworth Hall in SUNY Delhi.
  • $ 9.7 million with Gryphon Construction Inc. to renovate Vander Clute Hall at SUNY Maritime.
  • $ 5.7 million with Scott Lawn Yard Inc. for the reconstruction of the New Campus Drive and Cooper Hall drop-off area at SUNY Brockport.

State University of New York

  • $ 23.4 million with Schindler Elevator Corp. for preventive maintenance and repair of elevators and escalators at Stony Brook University.
  • $ 8.4 million with University Dental Practice Services Inc. for dental and administrative services at the University of Buffalo.
  • $ 6.3 million with Villager Construction Inc. for modifications to the athletic field at SUNY Brockport.
  • $ 4 million with Philips North America LLC for support and maintenance of ultrasound and diagnostic imaging equipment at Stony Brook University.
  • $ 1.4 million with Niagara Scenic Tours Inc. for intercollegiate athletics bus transportation to SUNY Geneseo.

Department of Transportation

  • $ 64.4 million with ECCO III Enterprises Inc. for the replacement of the Bronx River Parkway Bridge on the Metro North Railroad in Bronx County.
  • $ 13.5 million with Kubricky Construction Corp. for the replacement of the bridge on Route 9 on I-87 in Saratoga County.
  • $ 5.3 million with Sullivan County Paving & Construction Inc. for 7.6 miles of asphalt concrete resurfacing on Highway 17 in Sullivan County.
  • $ 2.4 million with Concrete Applied Technologies Corp. for asphalt milling and resurfacing on Highway 18F in Niagara County.

Major payments approved

Refunds and tax credits

  • $ 318.5 million for 151,689 personal income tax refunds.
  • $ 62.6 million for 15,612 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $ 47.8 million for 110,976 property tax credits.

Child and Family Services Office

  • $ 11.9 million to child care providers for the Essential Worker Scholarship Program to provide care for the children of essential workers.

New York City University

  • $ 3.9 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including construction and field equipment, desktop computers and computer consulting services.

Civil Service Department

  • $ 281.6 million to CVS Caremark to provide drug benefit services to the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $ 29.4 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for benefit services for the NYS Empire Plan’s mental health and addiction program.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • $ 1.8 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Department of Education

  • $ 16 million in general assistance to 68 school districts.

State Empire Development Corporation

  • $ 4.8 million to Buffalo Bills Inc. for working capital, capital improvements and game day operating costs.
  • $ 2.9 million to North American Breweries Inc. for construction and renovation costs and the purchase of machinery and equipment to create an Eco-Brewery District in Monroe County.

Executive room

  • $ 757,000 to Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iasion & Anello PC for legal services.

Gaming Commission

  • $ 4.4 million for compact payments from tribal states to the city of Niagara Falls.

General Service Office

  • $ 9.4 million for hourly IT services, including $ 1.9 million for Knowledge Builders Inc., $ 1.3 million for MVP Consulting Plus Inc. and $ 6.2 million for 31 other vendors.
  • $ 3.9 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including child care.

health department

  • $ 32.6 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including administrative and clerical services, temporary staff ambulance services, local grants and public assistance, as well as research and analysis.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

  • $ 2 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including medical supplies and equipment.

IT Services Office

  • $ 3.3 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including laptops.

Ministry of Labour

  • $ 4.3 billion for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Unemployment Pandemic Compensation, Mixed Income Unemployment Compensation and Unemployment Compensation programs. assistance for loss of wages.

Office of Mental Health

  • $ 2.8 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including temporary clinical services.

Military and Naval Affairs Division

  • $ 1.1 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including food and drink.

New York State Comptroller’s Office

  • $ 378.8 million to 1,385 local government units ineligible to mitigate the fiscal effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

State University of New York

  • $ 6.8 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including administrative and clerical services.

Temporary help and disability office

Unified judicial system

  • $ 2.4 million for purchases to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including local grants and government assistance.

Other refusals to pay and other cost recoveries

The OSC has rejected refunds and tax credits valued at over $ 4.5 million. The controller’s auditors also recovered nearly $ 102,000 from suppliers with debts to the government and withheld payments of nearly $ 88,000 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors. .

Cumulatively through July for calendar year 2021, the Office of the Comptroller approved 9,623 contracts worth $ 158 billion and approved nearly 144.3 million payments worth more than $ 133, $ 2 billion. The bureau rejected 889 contracts and related transactions valued at $ 4.8 billion and nearly 88,000 payments valued at nearly $ 177.3 million, mostly due to errors, irregularities or lack of documentation.

Track state and local government spending at 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 the most requested data

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