Gloversville council approves $69K for ammo, new vehicles

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Members of the Gloversville Common Council returned to increased social distancing Tuesday night. JASON SUBIK/ THE LEADER-HERALD

By JASON SUBIK

The Leader-Herald

The Gloversville Common Council on Tuesday night unanimously passed two resolutions supporting the city Police Department by increasing its available ammunition and purchasing two new Dodge Durango pursuit vehicles.

The resolutions were sponsored by 1st Ward Councilwoman Marcia Weiss and 2nd Ward Councilman Arthur Simonds.

The resolution for the ammunition — aimed at maintaining “an adequate stock of ammunition for duty and training — allocates $5,281 to purchase bullets from Eagle Point Gun T J Morris & Son. The money for the ammo had been included in the city’s 2021 budget, but each purchase order must be approved individually by the council.

The resolution to purchase the Dodge Durango’s was more complicated.

“The Gloversville Police Department researched the mini-bid process on the New York State Office of General Services Vehicle Procurement Portal, for the purpose of soliciting bids for the purchase of two Dodge Durango Police Pursuit Vehicles,” reads the resolution. “Given the current backlog for vehicle computer chips, soliciting bids, ordering and building a new vehicle, there would be a long wait for any vehicles.”

So, instead of going through the state, the resolution states the Gloversville Police department used the “Piggyback” exception to the state’s competitive bidding rules to request bids from dealerships with pre-existing inventory, which are vehicles on-site and ready for purchase, that have current competitive bid contracts and that fit the criteria to “piggyback” on an existing competitive bid.

According to the resolution, the Gloversville Police Dept. received these bids for the Dodge Durangos:

• Roesch Truck Center – Elmhurst, Il. – $27,444.00 – $32,603.00

• Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex – Niagara Falls, N.Y. – $33,299.00 – $42,170.00

• Main Motorcar – Johnstown, N.Y. – $32,238.00 per vehicle, with the total cost for the two Dodge Durangos being $64,476.

“Main Motorcar, was determined to be the only qualified bidder, with pre-existing inventory currently in-stock, ready-for-purchase, and with a piggyback competitive bid,” reads the resolution. “The purchase of these vehicles is for the base Police Model Vehicle. The upfit of these vehicles with all Emergency Equipment will take place after the purchase, the cost of which will be made from the Capital Plan approved prior.”

According to the resolution, the council first approved the purchase of the vehicles on May 25, but the resolution Tuesday night grants Chief Anthony Clay the authorization to execute all necessary documents to complete the contract for buying the vehicles.

DESANTIS LETTER TO HOCHUL

At the beginning of Tuesday night’s meeting, Mayor Vince DeSantis read a letter he has sent to newly sworn-in Gov. Kathy Hochul.

In the letter, DeSantis references his career as a city judge and an assistant prosecutor for Fulton County and asks Hochul to consider his legal expertise and experience as a fellow attorney and “immediately initiate an effort to roll back” parts of the bail and discovery reforms put in place by her predecessor.

“No one should be incarcerated unjustly, but while they may have been well intended, these measures are far too broad,” DeSantis wrote. “Their proponents have failed to recognize that there are people among us who are truly dangerous. In a small city of 15,000 people, it only takes a few to poison the atmosphere of an entire neighborhood and the city at large.”

By Paul Wager