Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board unanimously approved the adoption of a local law which establishes a preference for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB) during the procurement process. The item was approved at the Town Board meeting on April 22, 2021.
“We deeply and sincerely value all of our veterans in North Hempstead, and we are constantly looking to find new ways to acknowledge and appreciate the countless sacrifices they have made to keep us safe,” said Bosworth. “It is our hope that this purchasing preference will provide greater support to service-disabled veteran business owners by increasing the participation levels in Town contract awards. We strongly encourage all qualifying businesses to register with New York State to ensure they are eligible.”
With this amended procurement policy, the Town will be authorized to award certain contracts (which are not subject to General Municipal Law §103) for goods and services to a responder other than the lowest responsible bidder where such responder is a SDVOB that is registered with New York State and is within 5 percent of the lowest quote, as well as to a SDVOB that also qualifies for the Town’s local preference and is within 10 percent of the lowest quote.
Additionally, if a SDVOB provides a response to a Request for Proposal, they will get extra points added to their evaluation score.