Proposed Law Limits County’s Ties to Vendors Who Have Fines, Violations – Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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Niagara County lawmakers are considering the approval of a local law that would allow them to disqualify the lowest bidder for public contracts — if the respondent is deemed an irresponsible company.

The legal language was introduced by the Democratic minority caucus after some of its members took issue in May with a contract award to a firm for the installation of a landfill cap at a disposal site in the City and Town of Lockport.

The company was the lowest responsive bidder in a public call for proposals, but lawmakers, including Minority Leader Dennis Virtuoso and Legislator Mark Grozio, both Democrats from the City of Niagara Falls, questioned why the particular construction outfit was up for the job.

Virtuoso’s proposal would allow the legislature to disqualify a company, even if their offer was the lowest bid, based on series of criteria laid out in the law, which include violations of state or federal …