State contract and payment actions in September

In September, the State Comptroller’s Office approved 1,465 contracts for state agencies and public authorities worth $2.9 billion and approved more than 2.2 million government payments. worth more than $14.9 billion. The bureau rejected 123 contracts and related transactions worth $348 million and more than 8,700 payments worth more than $11.8 million, mostly for errors, insufficient support for fees and abusive payments. More information about these contracts and payments is available at Open Book New York.

Main contracts approved

Attorney General’s Office

  • $1.5 million with the Research Triangle Institute for expert witness services.

City University of New York

  • $67.9 million with 569 Lexington Leasehold LLC for student housing in New York County.

Office of General Services – Design and Construction

  • $26.4 million with Prismatic Development Corp. for renovations at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens County.
  • $2.8 million with Vinco Builders LLC for latrines and locker rooms at Peekskill Armory in Westchester County.
  • $2.1 million with John G. Waite Associates Architect PLLC for design services to rehabilitate the entrance stairway, walkways, east portico and executive stairway at the New York State Capitol in Albany County.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

  • $10 million with Stantec Landscape Architecture and Geology PC for professional design services to rehabilitate Sebago Lake at Harriman State Park in Rockland County.
  • $5 million with James Corner Field Operations LLC for professional design services for the new Sojourner Truth State Park in Ulster County.
  • $3.8 million with James H. Maloy Inc. for Roosevelt Drive Corridor Improvements at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga County.
  • $2.1 million with RB Robinson Contracting Inc. for wastewater treatment system upgrades at Thacher State Park in Albany County.

State University Building Fund

  • $7.4 million with Northern Tier Contracting Inc. to renovate Carson Hall at SUNY Potsdam.
  • $2.4 million with Aventura Construction Corporation to replace two diesel fuel tanks at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

State University of New York

  • $11.5 million with Sodexo Operations LLC for custodial management services at the University at Buffalo.
  • $2.4 million with Parkline Asphalt Maintenance Inc. for the restoration and maintenance of the stormwater recharge pond at Stony Brook University.
  • $1.8 million with Troy Boiler Works Inc. for an on-call high-temperature welding repair service at the University of Albany.
  • $1.2 million with Evans Mechanical Inc. to replace SUNY Oneonta coolers.

transport department

  • $26.1 million with Tioga Construction Co. for the replacement of the Highway 12E bridge over the Chaumont River in Jefferson County.
  • $8.4 million with ELQ Industries Inc. for preventive maintenance of Highway 9 in Dutchess County.
  • $6.7 million with McLaughlin Construction Corp. for safety improvements on US Route 62 in Niagara County.
  • $6.7 million with United Fence and Guard Rail Corp. for rehabilitation of guide rails in Suffolk County.

Main payments approved

Refunds and credits

  • $568 million for 117,799 personal income tax refunds.
  • $395.5 million for 450,079 property tax credits.
  • $265.5 million for 23,821 corporate and other tax refunds.
  • $76 million for 240,020 additional child income tax and earned income tax payments.

New York State Attorney General’s Office

  • $2.3 million to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP for legal services.

Budget Division

  • $3.4 million to Accenture LLP for strategic advisory services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Office of Child and Family Services

  • $41.6 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 that providers can continue to provide care.

Civil Service Department

  • $330.6 million to Caremark Health, LLC. to provide pharmacy benefit services for the Empire, Excelsior and Student Employee Health plans.
  • $30.4 million to Beacon Health Options Inc. for Empire Plan mental health and addiction program benefit services.

National Education Department

  • $2.8 billion in general assistance to 677 school districts.
  • $33.5 million in BOCES assistance to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES, Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES, and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES.
  • $250,000 in excess cost assistance to six school districts for school-aged special education students.

Empire State Development Corporation

  • $1.7 million for the Small Business Recovery Grant Program.

Executive room

  • $640,000 to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for legal services.

Gaming Commission

  • $7.6 million for Tribal States Compact payments to Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego counties.

General Service Office

  • $9.3 million for hourly IT services, including $2 million to Knowledge Builders, $1.7 million to Carahsoft Technology Corp., $1 million to MVP Consulting Plus Inc., and $4.6 million to 21 other suppliers.

health department

  • $20.9 million to Maximus Inc. for assistance with the Health Benefit Exchange, including insurance enrollment and call center operations.
  • $18.9 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including: $12.7 million for local grants and public assistance, including $3.2 million for the New York Food Bank , $2.4 million for the Northeast New York Regional Food Bank and $1.2 million for Westchester County; $2.1 million for call centers, including $1.1 million for Deloitte Consulting, LLP; $1.5 million for customer services, including $1.1 million to VIP StarNETWORK, LLC for mobile vaccination sites; and $2.6 million for various other purposes.
  • $15 million to New York eHealth Collaborative Inc. for the New York State Health Information Network.

Ministry of Labour

  • $160.1 million for payments under the Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Mixed-Income Individuals Compensation programs.

State University of New York

  • $2.3 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including: $872,000 for administrative and clerical services, including $324,300 to KMG Staffing Inc, $229,500 to Winston Support Services LLC and 209 $600 to Remede Consulting Group Inc; $594,300 for laboratory supplies and equipment, including $460,000 to Qiagen LLC; and $830,000 for various other purposes.

Temporary Assistance and Disability Office

  • $132 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $4.2 million for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program.

Other Contract Payment Rejections and Other Cost Recoveries

The OSC rejected refunds and tax credits valued at more than $4.1 million. Comptroller’s auditors also recovered more than $198,700 from vendors owing debts to the state and withheld payments of nearly $95,200 pending resolution of disputes between subcontractors and prime contractors.

Cumulatively through September for calendar year 2022, the Comptroller’s Office has approved 12,955 contracts worth $34.1 billion and approved more than 24.5 million payments worth nearly $131.3 billion. The bureau rejected 1,064 contracts and related transactions worth nearly $5.1 billion and nearly 49,600 payments worth more than $181.1 million, mostly due to errors, irregularities or lack of documentation.

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