Wednesday, January 05, 2011
(Monticello) – Legislature Chairman Jonathan F. Rouis announced that the Sullivan County Legislature will call on the New York State Legislature to provide for Local Preference Rules for the procurement of goods and services. “The current economic downturn being experienced by Sullivan County, as a result if the continued “Great Recession”, is adversely affecting local business through a reduction in business activity and a concomitant loss of jobs,” said Rouis.
The Community and Economic Development Committee will consider a resolution that requests the State Legislature to provide local governments the ability to provide for local preference rules for procurement of goods and services. There are millions of dollars worth of contracts for goods and services are expended by Sullivan County each year that are necessary to perform essential functions of Sullivan County government. “the award of such contracts to individuals or entities outside of both Sullivan County and the Hudson Valley at a time when Sullivan County is experiencing an economic downturn and less economic activity than many neighboring regions have achieved tends to exacerbate the economic difficulty currently experienced in Sullivan County,” said Legislator Elwin “Woody” Wood, Chairman of the Community and Economic Development Committee.
The purpose of permitting local governments to provide for local preference procurement rules is to limit the award of such contracts to individuals or entities located and doing business within Sullivan County, when practical and with the best interests of the County and to promote the use of local businesses as County vendors and consultants so as to encourage increased economic activity in Sullivan County and the Hudson Valley by putting County tax dollars to work at home “We need to take care of our residents, and not only the businesses, but also the people that they employee. Good Business practices starts on the home front,” added Legislator Jodi I. Goodman, Chairman of the Management and Budget Committee.
“As elected officials, we are constantly frustrated when told we cannot award contracts to those who pay taxes here, because they are smaller operations, who cannot compete with mega companies. The mega companies take their money OUT of Sullivan County - that is my complaint,” concluded Legislator Leni C. Binder, Minority Leader.
For more information contact Legislators at 845-807-0435