Preferred Source Services

The Preferred Source Program was established in New York State via Article XI, section 162 of the New York State Finance Law to advance special social and economic goals by granting organizations serving certain constituent populations, such as workers with disabilities, the opportunity to supply goods and services to NYS agencies, political subdivisions, and public benefit corporations without the requirement for competitive bidding. According to the NYS Office of General services’ Procurement Council, “Purchases from Preferred Sources take precedence over all other sources of supply and competitive procurement methods.” If a Preferred Source supplier can deliver a commodity or service meeting the customers form, form function and utility requirements within established pricing parameters, the NYS customer must purchase that item from the Preferred Source.



Preferred Source procurement satisfies government purchasers’ obligation to comply with the New York State Finance Law’s [Article 11, Section 162] mandatory requirement to purchase approved goods and services provided by New Yorkers with disabilities through NYSID.
What’s more, Preferred Source jobs contribute to reduced public assistance costs thru economically independent workers, and increased government tax revenues from employed vs. dependent individuals.

Preferred Source solutions

• A single source for hundreds of products and
  services that support agency goals
• Procurement choices, including customized
  goods and services, at prices approved by
  the NYS Office of General Services
• Relief from the costly, time-consuming
  bidding process
• Consistent quality and delivery performance


Preferred Source supporters range from New York State government agency headquarters and regional locations to municipal and county government agencies across the state.

• State and local correctional facilities
• Counties, towns and villages
• Developmental Disabilities Services Offices
• Higher education institutions
• State and local authorities and public works
• Individual school districts and BOCES
• Health and psychiatric care facilities



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NYSID Representative at