Tompkins County
New York


Authorization to Participate in Various Contracts Let by Any Government Entity of the United States of America


Department:Finance DepartmentSponsors:
Category:FiscalFunctions:Fiscal (Budget)


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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, New York State General Municipal Law §103 has been amended to allow counties to utilize a contract let by the United States of America or any agency thereof, any state, or any other county or political subdivision or district therein for materials, equipment, supplies, or contract for services, and


WHEREAS, the Finance Department may determine throughout the 2017 fiscal year that it would be in the County’s best interest to participate in another government agency’s contract, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, That Tompkins County is hereby authorized to exercise the option to participate in any bid of the United States Government or its agencies, any state, or any other county or political subdivision or district for materials, equipment, supplies, or contract services as authorized by General Municipal Law §103,


RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator, or his designee, be and hereby is authorized to execute required contract documents.



Meeting History

Feb 13, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
MOVER:James Dennis, Chair
SECONDER:Glenn Morey, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
Feb 21, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Ms. Kiefer asked if other criteria are used other than cost when entities whose contracts are considered but there way of decision-making may re-enforce things the County does not believe in. Mr. Snyder said a Procurement Policy has been redrafted that will be coming forward. One of the additions in the policy is “best value governance” or “best value purchasing” and he is working with the County Attorney on language for that. Many of the concerns Ms. Kiefer raised already exist in the County’s current Procurement Policy. He further commented that the County does not have to piggyback and do our own bids and request for proposals.

Ms. Chock also expressed similar concerns and following a brief discussion, Ms. Chock MOVED, seconded by Ms. Kiefer, to amend the resolution and add at the end of the first Resolved: “accept that if County Legislature approval is usually sought regarding additional aspects of the contract it will still come to the Legislature.”

A voice vote resulted as follows: Ayes - 1 (Legislator Chock), Noes 11, Excused - 2 (Legislators McBean-Clairborne and Sigler). MOTION FAILED.

MOVER:James Dennis, Member
SECONDER:Glenn Morey, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Peter Stein
NAYS:Carol Chock
EXCUSED:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Michael Sigler