“Waste Not, Want Not NY”
Tedisco Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Plan to Sell Used State Resources Online

Assemblyman sponsored Used Resources Accountability Act in November 2011 to protect tax dollars by requiring state agencies to audit, resell used electronics, furniture, vehicles before buying new ones
February 22, 2012
Statement from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), Former Assembly Minority Leader and Current Assistant Minority Whip

“I applaud the Governor’s announcement today that the state will launch an online store to sell unneeded state vehicles, furniture and other assets as I called for in November when I introduced my Used Resources Accountability Act (A.8996).”

“Too often, state agencies will go on taxpayer-funded spending sprees purchasing new furniture, electronics and other resources when what they have is still usable or could be resold on E-bay, Craigslist and some other auction sites.”

“Under my legislation, state agencies will need to get answers to two questions before the state Comptroller gives the sign-off to discard still potentially valuable taxpayer-funded resources: Are the resources still viable for use and, if not, can taxpayers see a return on their investment through the re-sale of those products? And if the answer to those questions is “no”, then certainly it would be of greater public benefit to see if these resources would benefit cash-strapped non-profit organizations rather than be thrown out with the garbage.”

“What I’ve called for and what the Governor has announced today underscores the philosophy of what my mother used to say at the dinner table - ‘waste not, want not’ - and should be a lesson for our state government.”