State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office has posted online details of the nearly $265 million in contracts and spending related to Superstorm Sandy recovery. The searchable database of agency spending and state contracts lets users view spending by date, amount, agency and vendor. DiNapoli has expedited the contract and payment process since the storm.
The Sandy recovery database is similar to Open Book New York, an existing feature on the comptroller’s website that allows people to get details of state and local government spending, state contracts, and how the state has spent its federal stimulus funds.
“People are still hurting and need help. My office has processed contracts and payments for road repairs, roof replacements and park restorations across the flood zone,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “It’s important that funds get out quickly and for the public to see where their taxpayer dollars are going.”
Examples of state funds that have been paid out so far include $98 million in expedited income-tax refunds for flood zone residents, $5 million for the restoration of Fire Island and more than $30 million in debris removal contracts with DRC Emergency Services. Most of the contracts are from the state Office of General Services and the Department of Transportation.
The $265 million is a small portion of the total cost of recovery, according to DiNapoli. Overall spending is expected to be in the billions of dollars.
The comptroller has introduced a package of relief measures to help homeowners and local governments by allowing property assessment adjustments on damaged properties, authorizing “storm bonds” for short-term financing to cover storm costs, and easing restrictions on local governments’ and school districts’ use of reserve funds.
These are some examples of spending in the Lower Hudson Valley:
— $300,000 to Hudson Valley Electrical Construction & Maintenance Inc. Dec. 20, 2012 to repair/replace generator at the New York National Guard’s Camp Smith, Cortlandt Manor;
—$300,000 to Hudson Valley Electrical Construction & Maintenance Inc. Dec. 4, 2012 to repair/replace power lines at Camp Smith;
—$75,000 to G & M Mechanical Inc. Dec. 5, 2012 to restore heating, ventillation and air conditioning systems at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining;
—$300,000 to Mohawk Valley Utility Construction Corp. Dec. 4, 2012 to restore electric systems at Sing Sing;
—$300,000 to Kenstar Construction Corp. Dec. 4, 2012 to clean up and restore fencing at Sing Sing;
—$3.7 million to Eastern Excavation Nov. 26, 2012 for debris removal in the Hudson Valley;
—$3.73 million to Eastern Excavation Nov. 9, 2012 for debris removal in the Hudson Valley.
(Journal News file photo.)