Assemblywoman applauds piggyback bill passing
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- North Country Assemblywoman Addie Russell touts a bill passed in the latest session in Albany.
Russell was in Watertown Friday where she talked about a bill that will allow local governments and school districts to piggyback off large scale contracts.
Here's how it works: If the state or federal government has a deal to buy a large number of certain goods at a set price, local municipalities and schools can jump in on the deal as well, getting those products at a lower cost than they could otherwise. Before, the bill did not include federal contracts.
Russell says this bill could save $2 billion across the state.
"By allowing them to take advantage of the economies of scale across the nation, we're not going to have to pay a premium for our goods and services anymore," Russell said.
The governor must still sign the bill into law.