State of New York Authorizes Use of Cooperative Purchasing Contracts
On August 1, 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed bill number S5525C, which was added by Chapter 308 of the Laws of 2012, as an added exception to the requirements of General Municipal Law 103(1). The effect of this bill expanded the State of New York's local governments, municipalities and school districts the ability to jointly contract for goods and services with federal and political subdivisions of any state, or other municipality, if such contract was let in a manner that constituted competitive bidding consistent with New York State law.
On November 13, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo served to further clarify Bill S.5525C by signing Bill S.3766a, which amends subdivision 16 of section 103 to the General Municipal Law to give political subdivisions the option of letting contracts based on best value," as an alternative to letting contracts to the "lowest responsible bidder."
The statute reads, in relevant part
16. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions one, two and three of this section, and section one hundred four of this article, any officer, board or agency of a political subdivision or of any district therein authorized to make purchases of apparatus, materials, equipment or supplies, or to contract for services related to the installation, maintenance or repair of apparatus, materials, equipment, and supplies, may make such purchases, or may contract for such services related to the installation, maintenance or repair of apparatus, materials, equipment, and supplies, as may be required by such political subdivision or district therein through the use of a contract let by the United States of America or any agency thereof, any state or any other political subdivision or district therein if such contract was let to the lowest responsible bidder or on the basis of best value in a manner consistent with state law.
What does this mean for you? It means that you can now use the National IPA portfolio of contracts to save time and money!
For more information about cooperative purchasing in New York please contact your dedicated New York National IPA representatives: