Legislator Lyndon Williams, D-Mount Vernon, said the repairs were declared an emergency by the Board of Acquisition and Contract at the request of the Department of Public Works. But when the bids were ready to be awarded, the county attorney said it had been too long.
“How did the Law Department suddenly come up with the decision,” he asked.
The low bid through the emergency contracting process, he said, was put in by a minority owned firm from New Rochelle, Mace Contracting.
“The county has an abysmal record of inclusion of minority and women-owned businesses in the bidding process,” Williams said.
The procedure for the Playland bid was inconsistent with how the county has treated emergency contracts in the past, he said.
The administration of County Exeuctive Rob Astorino has said it believed the work should be done on an emergency basis but must defer to the county attorney. Click here for a previous story on the delay to the boardwalk work.