PRESS RELEASE FROM COUNTY
New City, NY – County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef announced today that the Appellate Court unanimously overturned an earlier court ruling that said the County’s bids for public bus transportation violated the General Municipal Law and the Rockland County Charter.
The ruling by the Appellate Division Second Judicial Department states that the County’s bid specifications were not exclusionary and discriminatory as Brega Transport Corp argued.
“Finally, the county has been vindicated,” said Vanderhoef. “We believed all along that the lower court was in error and were confident that the appellate court would rule in our favor because we carefully followed the law. The court upheld the integrity of the county’s bidding process. Our overall goal has always been to secure a transportation contract with a responsive and responsible bidder that meets all the bid specifications, at the lowest cost for our transit riders. I am pleased that the court upheld my actions and the actions of the Director of Purchasing Paul Brennan, who properly carried out his duties.”
Vanderhoef said that he has asked the Department of Law to carefully review the decision and consider what steps the county should take next with regard to a new transportation contract.