New York Opens Door to Savings through Purchasing Cooperatives KPN and PEPPM

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Andrew Cuomo’s signature changes New York law, opening local access to more than 300 bids already being used by more than 1,500 other schools and government agencies in 45 other states. Turnkey solutions and major technology brands can be purchased immediately in New York State because a Pennsylvania agency has already done the bidding and evaluation.

New York’s city and county governments, municipalities, school districts, religious organizations, libraries and nonprofits (Public Agencies) now have immediate access to more than 300 purchasing contracts, from neighboring Pennsylvania, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Public Agencies in New York can now save time and money in procurement by piggybacking on bids that have already been solicited, advertised, evaluated, and awarded by two cooperative purchasing programs operated by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania located in Milton, Pennsylvania.

Once denied access to out-of-state contracts, New York can now take advantage of the CSIU’s cooperative procurement programs that are already benefiting Public Agencies in 45 other states. The cooperative procurement programs operated by the CSIU are the Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN) and the PEPPM Technology Bidding and Purchasing Program.

Enacted this past month, the law (S.5525c, Chapter 308) allows Public Agencies to secure lower costs for products and services by piggybacking on bids that were conducted by other governmental entities. The successful bill was sponsored by New York State Sen. Betty Little, (R- Queensbury), who said in a statement, “This saves money and time, and its timing is obviously critical given the financial pressure local governments and schools are under.”

PEPPM contracts provide technology products, services and supplies from hundreds of brands, such as Canon, Cisco, Dell, Hewlett Packard, and Xerox, each having been competitively bid and evaluated based on lowest prices from responsive and responsible vendors. The PEPPM website at http://www.PEPPM.org posts more than 520,000 technology items, and offers online quoting capabilities for Public Agencies seeking volume discounts. PEPPM also offers its contracts to agencies without requiring registration or membership.

KPN contracts provide a wide range of products and services including school, office and custodial supplies, kitchen equipment and supplies, and industrial art supplies. Through KPN, complete turnkey solutions can be completed for products such as portable and modular buildings, roofing repair and replacement, and all athletic surfaces. KPN features FieldTurf® for artificial turf, tracks and courts, and Shaw® Contract Carpet for installation of carpet and hard surface flooring. KPN can supply Konica Minolta copiers, Hertz Furniture Products, and a program that can reduce freight costs. KPN is a free membership program and describes its cooperative and contracts at the website http://www.theKPN.org, where membership forms can be obtained.

“The change in law gives Public Agencies the opportunity to buy products and services they need under a bid process that meets all bidding requirements and at prices that represent a true value to them,” said Charles Peterson, director of cooperative services and operations for the CSIU.

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