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Bill lets local governments 'piggy-back' procurement contracts

Legislation passed this week by the state Senate aims to let local governments "piggy-back" on procurement contracts.

The bill allows local governments to cooperatively purchase on contracts already approved for other government agencies - that includes contracts from other states or the federal government.

State Senator Betty Little, who supported the bill, says the same terms and conditions of a contract already awarded would apply. She adds that the bill contains a provision that ensures the use of competitive bidding standards.

According to Little, the legislation acts as a cost-savings measure.

"It gives our local governments a lot more options when they have a need to contract for goods or services," she said.

48 states already allow local governments to cooperatively purchase contracts previously solicited by other public agencies.

Little says New York does not have "statutory language in place that authorizes cooperative purchasing between local governments and the federal, state or local governments elsewhere in the United States."

This week's legislation amends General Municipal law to allow for such cooperative purchasing, Little says.

The bill is being sponsored in the Assembly by Addie Russell and is expected to pass.

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