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Three Years After Controversy, Niagara County, N.Y., Buys Cisco System Anyway

The Legislature was accused of trying to tip the scales toward a dealer in Cisco products.

by Thomas J. Prohaska, The Buffalo News, N.Y. / June 16, 2017
Niagara County, N.Y. Flickr/Doug Kerr

(TNS) -- Three years after a plan to buy a Cisco Systems telecommunications package for Niagara County government fell apart when a local vendor complained of alleged bid-rigging, the County Legislature has purchased a Cisco phone and data system after all.

This time, Information Technology Director William H. Flynn said, "We went through a very thorough vetting process with a bipartisan committee. The outcome was unanimous."

The Legislature met Monday and awarded a $752,856 contract to nfrastructure, a Clifton Park company that offered the lowest of three quotes the county obtained from vendors pre-approved by the state Office of General Services.

In 2014, Flynn's predecessor, Larry L. Helwig, was accused by a vendor of Alcatel-Lucent Technologies of trying to tip the scales toward a dealer in Cisco products. The Legislature declined to award any bids after the controversy.

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