The Ramapo Town Board this week awarded Rockland Paramedics a new three-year contract worth $2 million a year, The Journal News/lohud.com reports.
The contract is $500,000 less per year than Ramapo had agreed to pay in 2013. The board also reduced the 2013 contract payment from $2.5 million to $2.2 million.
The board decided at a workshop meeting last month not to renew the contract with Rockland Paramedics as a cost-saving measure. The company, which has provided advanced life support services for more than two decades, works in conjunction with local volunteer ambulance corps.
The vote, taken Tuesday, was 3-0, with board member Yitzchok Ullman absent and board member Daniel Friedman abstaining.
EMStar Ambulance, another emergency medical service organization, had expressed a strong interest in picking up the contract.
Concerned members of the local emergency medical service community then sent out letters to the town praising Rockland Paramedics’ work over the years and urging the town to keep it.
The board’s decision didn’t sit well with Joseph Zupnik, EMStar’s principal, who was also at the meeting along with his colleagues. He told the board that his agency had not been given adequate opportunities to discuss its $1.5 million a year proposal with town officials.
Ramapo Town Attorney Michael Klein said because the advanced life support service is considered to be professional services it is exempt from the state’s competitive bidding requirements.