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BIDDING TRUTH CAME OUT IN THE WASH

In an editorial entitled, "Why such a hasty 'yes' vote to change county bid rules?" you stated that the Gorski administration spokesmen cite overhead and high labor costs in doubting a claim by Comptroller Alfreda Slominski's. She claimed money could be saved by having the Erie County Home laundry handled by the Erie County Medical Center's laundry facilities rather than contracting with a private vendor.

However, your statement that the administration has yet to publicly show she was wrong is incorrect.

In November 1988, the voters of Erie County, through referendum, authorized autonomy for the Eire County Medical Center. As a result, the medical center is no longer a department of county government.

On April 4, the Erie County Division of Purchase conducted a pre-bidding conference at the Erie County Home in regard to the laundry contract. This presentation was attended by four vendors and Joseph Gervase, assistant administrator of the medical center. In addition, all of the above vendors and the medical center received our bid package for the laundry contract. Upon opening of the bids on May 2, we found that the medical center chose not to bid the laundry contract which was subsequently awarded to the lowest bidder, Buffalo Institutional Services.

JOSEPH S. HELENIAK
Erie County Director of Purchase
Buffalo

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