Broome County jail privatization?

Almost exactly a year ago, I commented in a post on this blog that the selection of Aramark to run the Broome County Central Kitchen did not smell right. Aramark’s bid, the only one received by the County, seemed unrealistically low. And the fact that Aramark’s biggest competitor, Sodexo, did not bid despite having a very strong presence in the area as the provider of food services to Binghamton University suggests that they judged the competition to be unwinnable. It should be noted that Aramark has a long history of being implicated in bid rigging.

In that post I suggested that Aramark’s real target was the Broome County jail. A couple year ago the company obtained a lucrative contract to run the Orange County jail after making generous contributions to that county’s sheriff’s campaigns. Evidently their largess has been extended to the Broome County Executive’s campaign as well. An observant reader sent me the page below listing contributions to Debbie Preston’s war chest. I pass it on without further comment.

debbie aramark

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