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July 17, 2013

Despite reported need for urgency -- and $125K lease for new space -- county records remain in place


Niagara Gazette — “It is coming together now,” Jagow said. “This isn’t going to happen in weeks. It’s going to take months.”

Democrats in the legislature challenged aspects of the records storage move last year, with Minority Leader Dennis Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls, arguing that the county should have sought bids before entering into the deal with Ulrich.

At the time, County Attorney Claude Joerg determined that leased space is not a good or a service that’s subject to competitive procurement requirements.

Legislator Jason Zona, D-Niagara Falls, took issue with the Republicans’ push for approval of the Ulrich deal last year, arguing that any records in danger of being damaged could have been moved to the other Davison Road building at little cost to the taxpayers.

He said the fact the bulk of the records have not been moved to the Transit Road building months after the deal was approved suggests the agreement could have waited.

“We told them there was no need to rush on this and they insisted we needed to rush,” Zona said. “These guys rushed this deal through when it wasn’t necessary.”

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