-New Law Requires Professional Services Contracts over $10,000 to be Chosen in Competitive, Open Process -
Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
(HEMPSTEAD, NY) June 13, 2018 - Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen, along with Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman Erin-King Sweeney, and Councilman Dennis Dunne, announced a new law requiring competitive bidding on all professional service contracts awarded for more than $10,000, including legal services over $10,000, in the Town of Hempstead. The law mandates a request for proposals for professional services and insurance coverage, including consultants, engineers and those providing technical skills.
Under the new law, non-legal professional service contracts over $10,000 will require a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to be scored by a bipartisan committee of members from the Supervisor’s office, Comptroller’s office and various department heads, while legal service contracts over $10,000 will be approved from a list of qualified vendors that apply to an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ) before the beginning of each year, and approved by a bipartisan committee.
Most towns and villages – including Oyster Bay and North Hempstead –have policies in place requiring a competitive bidding process for professional services. The recently passed legislation brings the Town of Hempstead in line with other municipal governments around Long Island and the rest of New York State.
Previously, Town of Hempstead law allowed professional services contracts to be awarded without any competitive review.
“I am proud and delighted to be ushering in a new era of transparency and good government in the Town of Hempstead,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Residents are tired of business as usual and of a patronage system of government that has been, at best, careless with taxpayer dollars.”
“Transparency and open government is something that I have fought very hard for as a member of the Hempstead Town Board,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “I believe the procurement policy that was unanimously passed by the board on June 5 is an important step in this ongoing process.”
“By working together, we were able to enact the toughest contracting requirements the Town of Hempstead has ever seen,” said Gillen. “This process is designed to discourage favoritism, while promoting additional vendors to compete for our business at the most cost-effective price.”
“It is extremely important we have legislation that will increase oversight in awarding contracts to ensure that the most qualified vendors are selected,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.
“I am happy that the Town Board was able to work together to draft legislation that will assure the proper use of public moneys in the best interests of the taxpayers of the Town,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne.