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Four Decades Later, New Rochelle Board of Education Get Bids for New Law Firm

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Five bids were submitted to the New Rochelle Board of Education earlier today in response to a long-awaited Request for Proposal for Legal Services.  Jeff Kehl, formerly of Kehl, Katzive & Simon which later merged with Bond, Schoeneck & King, the District’s current law firm, has been the District’s lawyer for 41 years without competitive bidding.

The five bidders are Ingerman Smith of Hauppauge, NY; Guerico & Guerico of Farmingdale, NY; Keane & Beane of White Plains, NY; Thomas, Brohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle of Hopewell Junction, NY; and the incumbent, Bond, Schoeneck & King of New York, NY.

The RFP was distributed on the District web site, BidNet and in the Journal News in November with a deadline of December 15th at 12:00 p.m. An earlier RFP was put out in October. Firms that indicated their intent to bid in October before the first RFP for Legal Services was pulled back but did not submit a bid the second time around are Pullano & Farrow of Rochester, NY; Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert of Poughkeepsie, NY; and the St. Paul Law Firm of White Plains, NY.

RFPs do not require a public “unboxing” said New Rochelle Purchasing Manager Meillisa Arlt. The bids will be reviewed and scored by a team in the coming weeks. The winning bidder will be announced on or about January 8th.


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