Preferred Sources - Per New York State Finance Law Sec. 162: we are required by law to purchase commodities and services from Preferred Sources if a Preferred Source offering meets our needs for form, function, and utility.
Lobbying Law - #139 for purchase orders over $15,000 - a bidder is restricted from making "contacts" (defined in the law as communications intended to influence the procurement) from the date of the notice of intent to solicit offers/bids to the date of the final award. The agency must record all contacts. www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_=430