Assemblywoman Galef Investigates Shared Purchasing Models with Shared Services Task Force on July 23, 2009

July 8, 2009
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host a meeting for her Shared Services Task Force of the 90th Assembly District on July 23, 2009 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at Croton Village Hall, 1 Van Wyck Street Croton-on-Hudson. The meeting is open to the public, and will focus on how shared purchasing can be beneficial for cost savings for taxpayers.

The July 23 meeting focuses on shared purchasing models that are already in existence. Assemblywoman Galef has assembled a panel of experts representing some of these paradigms, including New York State Office of General Services Commissioner John Egan and Deputy Commissioner, Information Technology and Procurement Services Carla Chiaro, CFO for the Westchester Library System John Smith, Putnam County Director of Purchasing Alex Mazzotta, Westchester County Director of the Bureau of Purchase and Supply Jim Fererra and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Business Manager Todd Currie.

Assemblywoman Galef founded the Shared Services Task Force in April of 2009 in an effort to bring community members together at the grassroots level to look more deeply into areas of sharing and consolidation. The members of the Task Force have a diverse and varied background including school board members, planning board members, representatives from private industry, town board members and interested residents from municipalities throughout her Assembly District.

"In light of these difficult economic times, we have an excellent opportunity right now to investigate how local municipalities can share more services. Sometimes these can be difficult changes to make, but they will ultimately lessen costs for our taxpayers," said Galef. "I know our panel has a lot of important information to offer on ways for our communities to share and consolidate. This is an opportunity for the public to learn, encourage and advocate for changes or expansions to services in their own communities, which might help cut costs," she concluded.

For more information or directions, contact Assemblywoman Galef’s district office at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail galefs@assembly.state.ny.us.