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Yorktown Awards Garbage Bid to New Company

During a contentious meeting Tuesday night, Yorktown town board members selected the lowest bidder – Competition Carting -– as the town's newest residential garbage collector.

Yorktown residents will have their garbage picked up by a new garbage collector – Competition Carting – owned by Yorktown resident Brian Amico, starting Jan. 1, 2013. 

Town board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept the $2.49 million bid, which was the lowest out of four bids that were opened on Oct. 1. The second lowest bidder for the job at $2.98 million was Yorktown's previous garbage collector CRP Sanitation Inc. 

The discussion about whether or not Amico was qualified as a "responsible" bidder and whether he could do the job drew criticism from residents and members of CRP Sanitation Inc., who attended the meeting at Town Hall. 

"Garbage is very important to people," Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said. "There is discomfort when you go from someone you're used to dealing with to someone new."

Yorktown Town Board members adopted a "best value" law in June, 2012 to allow for flexibility in awarding bids in the event board members felt the lowest bid didn’t provide the "best value." In addition, town board members changed the language in its bid specifications to allow a chance to companies with no experience or less than 10 years experience to bid on the job. 

"We bid this bid with the absolute intention to have a start up [company]," Grace said. "It allows for competition that otherwise would not have been [created] under the old spec."

By switching to another garbage collector, Yorktown is saving about $800,000 – with the difference between the two lowest bidders being $500,000. Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco said the savings would translate to about $70 a year per household. 

Amico, the owner of Competition Carting, is a licensed broker who has a number of "subscription residential" contracts in Putnam Valley and has not serviced residential routes through a municipal contract, according to the town's Environmental Conservation Department Recycling Coordinator Kim Angliss-Gage. 

Amico, who currently has four employees and five trucks, said he needs 12 employees and eight trucks to do the job, which means he will hire eight more people to work for him and buy three more trucks. 

In a letter to town board members, Angliss-Gage expressed concerns that Amico's company would be starting from scratch and would need to get everything in place in 10 weeks. She wrote:

I am not confident that any new firm could put together the necessary fleet and manpower to manage the Town of Yorktown’s residential routes in only a 10-week period. Therefore, my primary concern is if Competition Carting was awarded the contract and failed, how we would provide the service? The Town could certainly cancel the contract and would, eventually,receive the Performance Bond.

Nevertheless, the responsibility to provide the uninterrupted collection and disposal service of kitchen refuse and recyclables to the residents of Yorktown would fall on the Environmental Conservation Department. Unlike with other projects, we would have to be prepared to take-over the collection service the very next day.

However, Amico assured Yorktown town board members that he can do the job. 

"I have a vested interest in this town," Amico said. "I've lived here my whole life. I know multiple, multiple residents in this town. If I miss a stop – that's my friend I've missed, that's maybe somebody's mother I've missed."

He will have until Jan. 1, 2013 – when he begins work – to get everything in order – hire more employees, buy additional trucks and get his financing. Amico was also asked by town board members whether he had the finances to do the job. He sad he could get the finances only after the bid was awarded to him. 

Out of good faith, Amico also said he would put up a sixth-month performance bond for $500,000. 

Amico said he wants to implement new ideas to shorten the time and labor costs, pointing out that he could do it cheaper because he doesn't have the same overhead as CRP Sanitation, which has 570 employees. According to a CRP Sanitation employee the company had collecting garbage from 10,000 residential homes in Yorktown with 19 employees and 10 trucks. 

"We're not talking about brain surgery here," Amico said. "We're talking about garbage."

Following a discussion in closed executive session between town board members and Town Attorney Jeannette Koster, the board unanimously accepted Amico's bid. 

Bianco said he wasn't comfortable with the decision but town board members could not legally reject the lowest bidder who had met all of the requirements. 

"We have no other choice, legally," he said. "I hope that he succeeds. I really do hope that he does succeed. If he doesn't, then we got a problem – a major problem. We made this problem ourselves by putting in this bid document 'no experience.' And I voted for it. I made a mistake and I will admit that was a big mistake."

The rest of the town board members also explained their decision to vote in favor of awarding the bid – citing that legally they could not reject the bid. 

Grace said he wished the "best of luck" to the town's newest garbage collector.

"It's not going to make everyone happy," he said. "It's not an easy decision. We hope it works out for the best."

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NorthCountyHound October 25, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I would prefer a town dump over collection. Where I grew up we had a dump. At night we would go down there are drink beer and shoot rats. I was fun and kept us out of trouble.
Brenda October 25, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I am very disappointed in the towns decision the hire this new garbage company when the current company's service has been superb over the last years. Will the Yorktown residents actually see that savings go back in their pockets? I think not!!
Piper October 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Very disappointed with the town board. I don't see any reason for this change since the new sanitation company has no experience with municipal. And where is the garbage going to be dumped? In our backyards? He has to hire employees and buy trucks, insurance for more workers. CPR has all this already. Savings, where?
Scott Petricig October 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I think this could turn out to be a good decision, based on the savings to the town. We will see over time whether the new company can handle it. But also it's good that a company based in the town will have the contract.
Brian Mac... October 25, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I don't understand why the town would add language to a contract bidding process that they themselves admit puts them in the position of accepting a bid from an individual who basically no experience, adequate staff, garbage trucks and has not even secured financing? So if when this guy starts picking up our trash in January and the entire process falls apart by the end of the month. The next day the Town will be in the trash hauling business. Which will than have the Town scrambling to bring back CRP who has done a very good job as far as I can see...I can't wait to watch this whole thing unravel.. At least it will be February and cold so the smell should not be a factor. The only smell will be coming from Town Hall where the trash really needs to be removed....
Sami October 25, 2012 at 03:55 PM
For $70 per family a year (which I doubt we will ever see anyway), I would just stick with the current company. They have done a great job, their employees are always very nice and I know that everything is always taken care of. What if by January 1st this new company doesnt have enough trucks or staff? Then who picks up our trash/recycling? Is there even a plan in place on trash pickup if they cant live up to the task during thier contract??
NorthCountyHound October 25, 2012 at 04:45 PM
If they don't collect, I'll just dump mine in Town Hall's parking lot.
Yorkie Resident October 25, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I have called and complained about being overlooked by CRP several times in just the past few years. I'm looking forward to a better company!
Evan Bray October 25, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Interesting situation. What if the new company successfully picks up garbage, but does not do as good a job as the previous contractor did? They miss a bunch of houses because of their inexperience and they are new to the job, for example. Is it really a cost savings if you get inferior service? Interesting position our town put itself in. Are all of the town contracts "no experience" necessary? I may want to bid on some RFPs.
andy October 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Life is not based on what ifs Evan. We dont buy a house and think what if i cant have children, I wont need these bedrooms. What if I get married and we dont get along, maybe I dont get married? What if I go to the store and buy peanut butter and it contaminated. Lets not Assume that they dont do the job they bid on. Thats what things are based on. I believe there is a Bond in place for certain What Ifs.
Mike Rodriques October 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
My question is this. The town is expecting a savings of $70 per home by switching to another company. What will it cost us when a problem arises and we have to pay to bring in an alternative provider.
Evan Bray October 25, 2012 at 07:34 PM
When a company has zero years experience and is only "qualified" because the TB eliminated the "experience" provision, I think it's legitimate to ask "what if they don't do the job as it's been done for the past __ years." Whatever. I really could give a rat's since we have no say in anything this TB does. They do what they want. I was just asking the question which apparently ruffled your feathers. IF they don't perform up to expectations, then is it really a cost savings? You obviously have all the answers so I defer to your expertise.
Frankie October 26, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Why would they allow the company to bid in the first place. Prior to the BID they didn't even own a garbage truck. Something shaddy going on at Town Hall...our shaddy lawyer, supervisor is up to no good. Will his wife on they payroll also assist in picking up the garbage of residents.
Piper October 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM
We can then call our town "Graceland" dump!
Yorktown Tattler October 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I have a source whose VERY well connected to what is going on at Town Hall. Shes the one that alerted me when Grace hired his wife for a lowly job suited to her qualifications. She just told me today that when the truth comes out about how this whole garbage thing went down Grace will go down too, and then probably susan siegel will come back to rescue our town governement. Its very very scary.
Yorktown Tattler October 26, 2012 at 11:47 PM
and another board member who will go down is terrance murphy. My friend says that Terrance conspried with grace to eliminate all the qualifications for Amico with the fowl mouth because he (terrance) and amico are the very best of friends since childhood. isn't it against the law to rig a bid so that only one person can qualify??? And why didnt Grace and Murphsy"recuse" themselves under the circumstances?
Yorktown Tattler October 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I was in florida when this ridiculous decision was made but I watched the tape when I got back and i was astounded!!!!! How stupid does the town think we are. did you notice that bianco whose the only straight one on the board -- well maybe pagenelli is straight too, and the smartest actually apologized when he said he made a mistake when he agreed to let grace and murphy throw out all the rules that garbage haulers have to abide by. he said he made a BIG mistake and that is how the deal got to Amico. This is shameful and will all come out in the wash dont you think?
Yorktown Tattler October 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM
just wait until my neigbors at jefferson village start to smell the stench of their own garbage when this clown screws up. we'll be down there at town hall to hold grace and murphys accountable and demand their outster.
Bill October 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
How can only one person qualify when they effectively got rid of all the qualification requirements???
Bill October 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I don't think that inexperience has anything to with it. How difficult is it to set up a route and make sure you hit all of the houses on it? This is not rocket science.The real concern should be what happens if they discover that they can't pick up all the garbage with the reduced number of people they estimated and bid for the contract based on. In any event, once the town board set the reduced bidding requirements, I don't see how they legally could have awarded it to anyone other than the low bidder, especially when it was such a significant difference in price.
Yankeeschick02 November 05, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I cannot understand how our town would choose to switch garbage companies. I am sure we could cut back in many other areas that the people are displeased with and woud like to see a change. C.R.P. has been dependable, careful and the men are respectful and nice. Brian Amico is a convicted felon, having been caught selling steroids. Before doing anything they should require him to take a drug test. I am ashamed that the town I grew up in would let this happen. I have always thought of Yorktown as a classy, respected town that makes the right decision. This will be no longer. I know that myself and many others will be very upset if our service is interfered with to save just $70. The town really dropped the ball on this one.
#Giantsfan November 07, 2012 at 10:45 PM
@Yankeeschick02 do you have any proof Brian is a convicted felon and was arrested for steroids? If so please share it with us and bring it to the town.
Ronald Ragan December 04, 2012 at 03:52 AM
CRP is not even in business, they are in financial issues, get the facts, it does not take a brain surgeon to collect garbage. Maybe someone should concern themselves with the Councilman Nick Bianco who may have involvement in CRP in one manner, in the opinion of the writer
Ed Lachterman March 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM
I was scanning some articles and the link for this popped up. A year later and my garbage service is better than ever and I no longer have my cans and recycle containers left in the street or broken from being thrown into my driveway. I even realized a tax break due to the $800,000 that the town saved. I wonder how many of the people who posted things that were nasty personal attacks bothered to say "you know what, I was wrong. Good job Competition Carting". Or "Good work Mr. Grace and Mr. Murphy" as they were the ones being attacked here. I always find it amazing what people say when you can't see their names. I don't find myself agreeing with Evan Bray too often (who are we kidding - at all), but I respect the fact that he does not attack someone behind a nom de plume.
Evan Bray March 13, 2014 at 12:23 AM
I'd like to note that I tipped the two guys that pick up my trash from Competition Carting 30 dollars at Christmas. I'm just curious what other people tip. I actually discuss the topic quite often. I have neighbors that don't tip. Good people, but they don't tip. Do you guys tip your garbage and recycling men during the holiday season?
Evan Bray March 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM
I forgot to mention, what about the violation they have on the property they use to park their trucks? What about the cost of the town, the boards' time, the poor form of just doing whatever the hell they want with land and hoping they can stall until their second year of the contract runs out? Seems like the enforcement office patrols a 1 mile radius around Town Hall, and even when he writes a violation, the recipient can sit on his hands and have no repercussions?

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