BY EDEN LAIKIN
Mineola, NY- Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announces the Nassau County Legislative committees approval of a local law which will help Nassau County save money, by allowing the County’s purchasing officials to work with of any New York State municipal entities’ contracts that have already been determined to be the best value for goods and services.
This law is expected to save money by allowing the County to increase the monetary thresholds for sealed bids to match neighboring jurisdictions already at those levels. The new thresholds would go from $10,000 to $20,000 for commodities and 25,000 to 35,000 for public works bids. The local law will give Nassau County purchasing officials more flexibility to choose vendors that will meet the various requirements of the County.
County Executive Mangano’s purchasing department received a $317,000 New York Department of State government efficiency grant to continue improving its cooperative purchasing system, reducing local expenses and increasing efficiencies. The grant is part of the Governor’s initiative to reinvigorate local economies by promoting collaboration.
Nassau County purchasing officials hope to be able to use the grant to fund a new, online electronic purchasing and bidding platform. The platform entitled, SpecBid, will be accessible on the County’s website and would run as a cloud based bidding service. SpecBid Inc. was awarded a County RFP and will operate as a subscription-based service for vendors, and local municipalities who have already expressed interest in purchasing subscriptions. The contract with Specbid would include the bidding platform, training, regular and maintenance and Help Desk functions. Other municipalities including towns, incorporated villages and cities within Nassau are invited and encouraged to participate in the new online system. Municipalities together, purchasing in bulk, already save money on commodities like Natural Gas.
“As both a business owner, and Nassau County resident, I am honored and excited to bring savings to Nassau County by helping to make the purchasing process more streamlined and efficient,” said Chris Cardillo, SpecBid CEO.