Assemblywoman Galef Hosts Commissioner John Egan of the Office of General Services for Shared Purchasing Panel Discussion

Event Takes Place on July 23, 2009 in Croton Village Hall
July 16, 2009
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host a meeting with 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 lead to cost savings for taxpayers.

Assemblywoman Galef has assembled a panel of experts representing some of the shared purchasing models that are presently in existence. Commissioner John Egan of the Office of General Services will kick off the discussion about all the options available to local municipalities who wish to share services, including purchasing and procurement, through the State. The Office of General Services makes available to municipalities the procurement of more than $2 billion worth of supplies, materials and equipment annually as well as service and technology contracts, as a way for local governments to save costs.

“I am very excited to have Commissioner Egan representing the OGS on the panel next week. This meeting will provide municipalities and school districts an opportunity to learn more about how state and county contracts can offer even greater savings for our communities and taxpayers,” said Galef.

“We look forward to participating on Assemblywoman Galef's Shared Services Task Force Panel discussing Shared Purchasing Models,” said Egan. “This is exactly the type of progress that Governor Paterson has asked for. By working together and aggregating anticipated purchases such as computers, fuels, road materials, printers and (soon) wireless services, significant savings have been realized across the state. There are currently over 2,600 centralized contracts in place for use by municipalities providing savings in both dollars and administrative expense. We appreciate the opportunity to discuss current and future opportunities for additional savings.”

The other members of the panel will present the shared purchasing options their organizations already employ and offer. The panelists include New York State Office of General Services Deputy Commissioner, Information Technology and Procurement Services Carla Chiaro, as well as Chief Financial Officer for the Westchester Library System John Smith. Putnam County Director of Purchasing Alex Mazzotta and Westchester County Director of the Bureau of Purchase and Supply Jim Ferarra will talk about shared contracts and procurement through county governments, and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Business Manager Todd Currie will present some of the ways that BOCES assists local school districts with shared purchasing. After the presentations, there will be a brief question and answer period for the audience.

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