State Contracting Standards Board reviewing Mystic Oral School, Port Authority complaints

The State Contracting Standards Board is seeking answers regarding complaints related to two major projects in the region: the proposed redevelopment of the Mystic Oral School and the transformation of State Pier in New London. The board, whose mission is “to require that state contracting and procurement requirements are understood and carried out in a manner that is open, cost effective, efficient and consistent with State and Federal statutes, rules and regulations,” discussed updates on both issues at its meeting Friday. Potential causes for disqualification include being convicted of, pleading guilty or admitting to “the violation of any state or federal law for embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, receiving stolen property or any other offense indicating a lack of business integrity or business honesty which affects responsibility as a state contractor.” The board wants to be in the position to make any recommendations — if it has any — in a timely manner for the upcoming legislative session, he said. The port authority released a statement by email, saying it “looks forward to our future first meeting with the State Contracting Standards Board (SCSB) to better understand the context of their prior requests for information.”

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