senate Bill S3300

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the city of Auburn to prefer local businesses in awarding public contracts

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to local government
returned to senate
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Jun 11, 2013 referred to local governments
delivered to assembly
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Jun 10, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1182
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Jan 31, 2013 referred to local government

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S3300 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4476
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง103, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4625, A3890
2009-2010: S4761, A7212

S3300 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the city of Auburn to grant a preference to local businesses located in Cayuga county in awarding city contracts for public works and purchases, when such contracts do not exceed $100,000.

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BILL NUMBER:S3300

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation
to authorizing the city of Auburn to prefer businesses located in the
county of Cayuga in awarding public contracts

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill amends the general
municipal law, in relation to authorizing the City of Auburn to prefer
businesses located within the County of Cayuga in awarding public
contracts.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends subdivision 1 of section 103
of the general municipal law, as amended by section 1 of chapter 2 of
the laws of 2012.

JUSTIFICATION: The City of Auburn is committed to encouraging
economic development in the County of Cayuga. As part of this
commitment, the City of Auburn has established a proposal granting
preference in awarding public contracts to local firms. Currently, the
general municipal law requires that all public contracts must be
awarded to the business of a person who submits the lowest bid. This
requirement provides no flexibility for the City of Auburn to attempt
to encourage economic development in the County of Cayuga. The
proposed bill would give the City of Auburn greater flexibility in
awarding public contracts up to $100,000 to local businesses located
within the County of Cayuga whose bids are within 5% of the lowest
bid.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5922 of 2007/2008 S.4761 of 2009/2010 S.4625
of 2011.2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, with
provisions.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3300

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in  relation  to  authorizing
  the city of Auburn to prefer businesses located in the county of Cayu-
  ga in awarding public contracts

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 103 of the general municipal  law,
as  amended by section 1 of chapter 2 of the laws of 2012, is amended to
read as follows:
  1. Except as otherwise expressly provided by an act of the legislature
or by a local law adopted prior to  September  first,  nineteen  hundred
fifty-three,  all  contracts for public work involving an expenditure of
more than  thirty-five  thousand  dollars  and  all  purchase  contracts
involving  an expenditure of more than twenty thousand dollars, shall be
awarded by the appropriate officer,  board  or  agency  of  a  political
subdivision  or  of  any district therein including but not limited to a
soil conservation district to the lowest responsible  bidder  furnishing
the  required security after advertisement for sealed bids in the manner
provided by this section[,]; provided, however, that purchase  contracts
(including  contracts  for  service  work,  but  excluding  any purchase
contracts necessary for the completion of a public works contract pursu-
ant to article eight of the labor law) may be awarded on  the  basis  of
best  value,  as defined in section one hundred sixty-three of the state
finance law, to a responsive and responsible bidder or  offerer  in  the
manner  provided  by this section except that in a political subdivision
other than a city with a population of one million inhabitants  or  more
or  any  district, board or agency with jurisdiction exclusively therein
the use of best value for  awarding  a  purchase  contract  or  purchase
contracts  must be authorized by local law or, in the case of a district
corporation,  school  district  or  board  of  cooperative   educational

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01571-01-3

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services, by rule, regulation or resolution adopted at a public meeting;
PROVIDED  FURTHER, HOWEVER, THAT IN THE CITY OF AUBURN, FOR PUBLIC WORKS
AND  PURCHASE  CONTRACTS  UP  TO  ONE  HUNDRED  THOUSAND  DOLLARS,  SUCH
CONTRACTS  MAY  BE AWARDED TO THE RESPONSIBLE BIDDER WHOSE BID IS WITHIN
FIVE PERCENT OF THE BID OF THE LOWEST  RESPONSIBLE  BIDDER  AND  IF  THE
PRINCIPAL  PLACE OF BUSINESS OF SUCH BIDDER IS LOCATED WITHIN THE COUNTY
OF CAYUGA.   In any case where a  responsible  bidder's  or  responsible
offerer's gross price is reducible by an allowance for the value of used
machinery,  equipment, apparatus or tools to be traded in by a political
subdivision, the gross price shall be reduced  by  the  amount  of  such
allowance,  for  the  purpose  of determining the best value.   In cases
where two or more responsible bidders furnishing the  required  security
submit  identical  bids  as  to price, such officer, board or agency may
award the contract to any of such bidders. Such officer, board or agency
may, in his or her or its discretion, reject  all  bids  or  offers  and
readvertise  for  new  bids  or  offers  in  the manner provided by this
section. In determining whether a purchase is an expenditure within  the
discretionary  threshold  amounts  established  by this subdivision, the
officer, board or agency of a political subdivision or of  any  district
therein  shall  consider the reasonably expected aggregate amount of all
purchases of the same commodities, services or  technology  to  be  made
within  the  twelve-month  period  commencing  on  the date of purchase.
Purchases of commodities, services or  technology  shall  not  be  arti-
ficially  divided for the purpose of satisfying the discretionary buying
thresholds established by this subdivision. A change to or a renewal  of
a discretionary purchase shall not be permitted if the change or renewal
would bring the reasonably expected aggregate amount of all purchases of
the  same  commodities,  services  or  technology from the same provider
within the twelve-month period commencing  on  the  date  of  the  first
purchase  to  an  amount greater than the discretionary buying threshold
amount. For purposes of this section, "sealed bids" and "sealed offers",
as that term applies to purchase  contracts,  (including  contracts  for
service  work,  but  excluding  any purchase contracts necessary for the
completion of a public works contract pursuant to article eight  of  the
labor  law)  shall  include  bids  and offers submitted in an electronic
format including submission of the statement of  non-collusion  required
by  section  one  hundred  three-d  of  this  article, provided that the
governing board of the political subdivision or district, by resolution,
has authorized the receipt of bids and offers in such format. Submission
in electronic format may, for technology contracts only, be required  as
the  sole  method for the submission of bids and offers. Bids and offers
submitted in an electronic format shall be transmitted  by  bidders  and
offerers to the receiving device designated by the political subdivision
or district. Any method used to receive electronic bids and offers shall
comply with article three of the state technology law, and any rules and
regulations  promulgated  and  guidelines developed thereunder and, at a
minimum, must (a) document the time and date of receipt of each bid  and
offer  received  electronically;  (b)  authenticate  the identity of the
sender; (c) ensure the security of the information transmitted; and  (d)
ensure  the  confidentiality of the bid or offer until the time and date
established for the opening of bids or offers. The timely submission  of
an  electronic bid or offer in compliance with instructions provided for
such submission in the advertisement for bids or offers and/or the spec-
ifications shall be the responsibility solely of each bidder or  offerer
or  prospective  bidder or offerer. No political subdivision or district
therein shall incur any liability from delays of or interruptions in the

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receiving device designated for the submission and receipt of electronic
bids and offers.
  S  2.  Subdivision  1  of section 103 of the general municipal law, as
amended by section 2 of chapter 2 of the laws of  2012,  is  amended  to
read as follows:
  1. Except as otherwise expressly provided by an act of the legislature
or  by  a  local  law adopted prior to September first, nineteen hundred
fifty-three, all contracts for public work involving an  expenditure  of
more  than  thirty-five  thousand  dollars  and  all  purchase contracts
involving an expenditure of more than twenty thousand dollars, shall  be
awarded  by  the  appropriate  officer,  board  or agency of a political
subdivision or of any district therein including but not  limited  to  a
soil  conservation  district to the lowest responsible bidder furnishing
the required security after advertisement for sealed bids in the  manner
provided  by  this  section,  provided, however, that purchase contracts
(including contracts  for  service  work,  but  excluding  any  purchase
contracts necessary for the completion of a public works contract pursu-
ant  to  article  eight of the labor law) may be awarded on the basis of
best value, as defined in section one hundred sixty-three of  the  state
finance  law,  to  a responsive and responsible bidder or offerer in the
manner provided by this section except that in a  political  subdivision
other  than  a city with a population of one million inhabitants or more
or any district, board or agency with jurisdiction  exclusively  therein
the  use  of  best  value  of  awarding  a purchase contract or purchase
contracts must be authorized by local law or, in the case of a  district
corporation,   school  district  or  board  of  cooperative  educational
services, by rule, regulation or resolution adopted at a public meeting.
In determining whether a purchase is an expenditure within  the  discre-
tionary  threshold amounts established by this subdivision, the officer,
board or agency of a political subdivision or of  any  district  therein
shall consider the reasonably expected aggregate amount of all purchases
of  the  same  commodities, services or technology to be made within the
twelve-month period commencing on the date  of  purchase.  Purchases  of
commodities,  services  or  technology shall not be artificially divided
for the purpose of satisfying the discretionary buying thresholds estab-
lished by this subdivision. A change to or a renewal of a  discretionary
purchase shall not be permitted if the change or renewal would bring the
reasonably  expected  aggregate  amount  of  all  purchases  of the same
commodities, services or technology from the same  provider  within  the
twelve-month  period  commencing on the date of the first purchase to an
amount greater than the discretionary buying threshold  amount.  In  any
case  where  a responsible bidder's or responsible offerer's gross price
is reducible by an allowance for the value of used machinery, equipment,
apparatus or tools to be traded in by a political subdivision, the gross
price shall be reduced by the amount of such allowance, for the  purpose
of  determining  the  low  bid or best value. In cases where two or more
responsible bidders furnishing the required  security  submit  identical
bids  as  to price, such officer, board or agency may award the contract
to any of such bidders. Such officer, board or agency may, in  his,  her
or  its  discretion,  reject  all bids or offers and readvertise for new
bids or offers in the manner provided by this section; PROVIDED,  HOWEV-
ER,  THAT IN THE CITY OF AUBURN, FOR PUBLIC WORKS AND PURCHASE CONTRACTS
UP TO ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, SUCH CONTRACTS MAY BE AWARDED TO THE
RESPONSIBLE BIDDER WHOSE BID IS WITHIN FIVE PERCENT OF THE  BID  OF  THE
LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDER AND IF THE PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS OF SUCH
BIDDER IS LOCATED WITHIN THE COUNTY OF CAYUGA.

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  S  3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amend-
ments to subdivision 1 of section 103 of the general municipal law  made
by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and rever-
sion  of  such  subdivision pursuant to subdivision (a) of section 41 of
part  X  of  chapter  62 of the laws of 2003, as amended, when upon such
date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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