Did You Know? Competitive Bidding

When considering construction work, can the school district/municipal government open up bidding so that all companies can submit bids for work?

Local governments are subject to competitive bidding laws and must advertise for sealed bids in the manner required by the applicable statutes for public works and purchase contracts which exceed the threshold amounts.  Contracts are awarded to the lowest responsible bidder that furnishes the required security.  Current thresholds requiring competitive bidding are $35,000 for public works and $20,000 for purchase contracts.

Local governments are not only subject to competitive bidding laws but also to the Wick’s Law.  Under Wick’s, municipalities and school districts must bid out separate specifications on any construction project meeting certain thresholds.  Current thresholds requiring the provisions of Wick’s Law are $3 million in New York City, $1.5 million in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties and $500,000 in all other counties of the State.  Separate contracts must be awarded in these areas of work in accordance with the competitive bidding requirements, as discussed above.  The mandate imposed by Wick’s can significantly increase the cost of a project, as well as add to the time it takes to complete such project, all of which is passed onto taxpayers.

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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