To the Editor of Rockland Voice
In June of 2013 a contract was awarded to the Brega Transportation Corporation to provide bus service to the County of Rockland for a period of five years. The cost to Rockland County was $70,000,000.00.
During the month of February 2014 a bus operated by the Brega Transportation Corporation caught fire, the cause of this fire has yet to be determined. It is the vendor’s contention that washing the buses daily will reduce the occurrence of such fires.
Did the members of the Legislature find documentation that confirms the vendor’s position?
On August 6, 2014 the members of the Rockland County Legislature voted to amend the contract to provide additional funds to wash these buses. Their decision will cost the taxpayers of Rockland County approximately $4,000,000.00.
It is my understanding when the terms of a contract are agreed to and the contract is signed the terms are binding. If the vendor feels additional procedures are required in order to fulfill the contract commitment why does the additional cost become the responsibility of the taxpayers? To renegotiate contracts in order to meet their (outside vendors) needs is not in the best interest of the citizens of Rockland County.
Do the members of our Legislature want to set a precedent such as this?
My opponent, Barry Kantrowitz, has stated “I will not follow him (Ed Day) or anyone else blindly”. Does that mean that Kantrowitz found research which states cleaning the buses daily would have prevented the fire or was he following the lead of others?
The bidding process enables the controller of Rockland County to prepare a budget based on approved contracts. This County’s financial condition needs to be stabilized. We cannot afford to renegotiate contracts to subsidize vendors’ operating costs.
Kantrowitz and twelve other members of the legislature voted for the taxpayers of Rockland County to bear this burden, which will lead to HIGHER TAXES!
STATUS QUO HAS GOT TO GO!
We need people in office who will oversee and assure that OUR MONEY is disbursed in a prudent fashion using fiscal responsibility.