Court Decision Prevents Layoffs

PERTH AMBOY – A court decision preserved the jobs of ten Perth Amboy emergency medical service workers who were scheduled to be laid off on June 30.

After a six-hour hearing on June 29 in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick, Assignment Judge Travis L. Francis ruled that Perth Amboy may not enter a contract with Raritan Bay Medical Center, said James Monica, of Kroll Heineman LLC, who represented the EMS employees.

Monica successfully argued that Perth Amboy broke New Jersey public contract bidding laws when it awarded a contract without soliciting bids.

The city will appeal the decision, according to business administrator Jane Feigenbaum. The contract was legal because public contract law only requires the city to solicit bids if the items or services have an annual cost of $17,500 or more, city attorney Mark Blunda said.

Feigenbaum said that there are no additional costs created by the Perth Amboy’s plan to outsource emergency media services to Raritan Bay Medical Center. She noted that Perth Amboy would actually make $21,000 from renting garage space to Raritan Bay.

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