July 3, 2018

curran_laura.pngCURRAN CONVENES INDUSTRY SUMMIT

On the first full day of summer, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran invited the Long Island Contractors’ Association to her office to meet with her and other top officials in Nassau County. She and her leadership team offered an assessment of their findings during the first six months of the new administration. They also discussed their anticipated action plan to improve efficiencies and overall operations of government.

Curran invited Chief Deputy County Executive Helena Williams to offer the initial assessment of the county’s practices. She refreshingly began the conversation by immediately acknowledging their belief that the county has not been “business friendly” and they are making it a high priority to change not only that perception but the actual practice. The Administration acknowledges past practices and procedures are discouraging many responsible bidders from participating in the county’s contract solicitations, and they find the business relationship with many current vendors is deemed unfavorable. We welcome their forthrightness. 

Much of the conversation of the meeting focused on the contract administration process and the need for greater transparency and enhanced communication between the county and vendors.  The county will be implementing a new system that will track contracts from “cradle to grave,” from the initial bid process to the completion of the contract.  LICA was invited to assist in a pilot program to test the system.

Another issue discussed was the reported requirement to include Certification of Compliance Forms regarding the County’s gift policy with each progress payment. At the meeting, the contractors were informed the submittal of forms were voluntary, but not required.  We were advised the Department of Public Works would reinforce this understanding with those managing the contracts for the department. 

Curran and Williams were joined by Deputy County Executive for Parks & Recreation Brian Schneider, Deputy County Executive John Chiara, Public Works Commissioner Kenneth Arnold, and Director of Government Affairs Mike Santeramo.

Representing LICA were Chairman Jim Pratt, Board Members Billy Haugland, Jr., Joe K. Posillico, Peter Scalamandre and Executive Director Marc Herbst.

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