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Some NY State Contractors Win Big With Sandy

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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The New York state comptroller's office on Wednesday released a list of contracts and payments the state made in the two months after Sandy hit.

While the list only shows $266 million of what will ultimately be billions of dollars in state spending, the data offers the first real glimpse of which companies are winning big with the recovery.

Three construction companies working together got the biggest contract reported by the state so far. The joint venture of John P. Picone Incorporated, Bove Industries and Tully Construction won a $33 million contract from the state's transportation department to repair a two-mile storm-damaged stretch of Ocean Parkway.

Also on the list is DRC Emergency Services, an Alabama company, which received multiple contracts for debris removal totaling $33 million. Adjusters International got a $24.6 million contract for consulting. The spending also included $98 million in expedited income tax refunds for people living in storm-battered areas.

Kate Gurnett, a spokeswoman for the state comptroller's office, said many of the contracts were issued under special emergency rules the governor used to speed the process.

“He did exempt some of these contracts from advertising, bidding and our approval. But we're still keeping track of them and they're all on our website,” Gurnett said.

A number of the contractors are large political donors.

Tully Construction, its president and related companies have given more than $125,000 in donations since 2006. Records show more than $24,000 of that went to Cuomo.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said politics played no part in the selection of the companies. He pointed to Tully’s vast experience working on large construction projects as a main reason the joint venture was chosen for the job.

The governor's office did not respond to an interview request.

To see the full list of contracts visit the Comptroller’s website.

Editors:

Julianne Welby

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Comments [5]

Eddie from Miller Place,ny

Work my butt off to get bids, out bid,sourced by unlicensed,uninsured company's.Not very happy with out of state painting company's.

Sep. 02 2013 11:19 AM
Jeremy Greco from Long Island, NY

I think it is pretty naive to think that politics did not play a part in Governor Cuomo handing Tully Construction this huge no-bid Contract. Look up the donations given to Cuomo from Tully Construction's President Peter Tully, Peter's wife (Carmela), Peter's asphalt company, and Tully Construction itself. Peter was also put on the Long Island Power Authorities Board of Trustees by the Governor who has somehow refrained from criticizing Peter even after the Board totally screwed up during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Feb. 03 2013 09:12 PM
vmgillen from Staten Island

PS: 4 out of three members of Alabama's congressional delegation voted against the Sandy relief...

Jan. 17 2013 07:43 AM
vmgillen from Staten Island

I understand the lack of bidding... but WHY did we use an out-of-state contractor?

Jan. 17 2013 07:38 AM
karl scheidt from new york

we have pleanty of poeple to help with trees sorry for bein so slow to respond we have b een helping res. to get back to a normal life . alot of tears and alot of hugs and alot of work .we try to get all areas finshed but poeple dont want us to go on to anther job . but they understand we bhave other poeple we have to help so e give hugs again and go to another job . yes we keep in contact with them. they are family now nobody is forgoten . i love my job 30 yrs later www unitedtreeservicekc.com email untedtreeservicekc@yahoo.com

Jan. 17 2013 03:44 AM

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