- Associated Press - Friday, April 1, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s comptroller reports approving more than 1,700 state contracts valued at $3.25 billion and 4 million payments worth $10 billion in February.

The comptroller’s office says it rejected 232 contracts and related transactions and approximately 6,500 payments, citing fraud waste or other improprieties.

February approvals include $13 million for 115 cultural services grants. That includes $560,000 to the Arts Center of the Capital Region, $500,000 to the Philharmonic Society of New York and $260,000 to the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Rejections include nearly 3,000 tax refunds valued at $4 million.

The office reviews contracts for all state agencies and certain state public authorities.

About 50,000 contracts are listed online at https://www.openbooknewyork.com/

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