Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

April 08, 2009

Statement From NYS Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker

Regarding the Contract for Triangle Talent, the Booking Agent for State Fair

PLEASE NOTE: Commissioner Hooker will be available for comment today at the New York State Fairgrounds immediately following a press conference at 10:30 regarding Slow Moving Vehicles that he is participating in with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“Yesterday, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets received a letter from Comptroller DiNapoli’s office informing us that the contract we submitted to retain Triangle Talent to book the entertainment for the 2009 New York State Fair will need to be modified. In the letter, the Comptroller’s office asked us to consider a one-year single source agreement with Triangle, which we are doing.

“At no time during this approval process have the announced concerts been in jeopardy. The current concert schedule will remain unchanged and all purchased tickets will be honored.

“This afternoon, the Department will revise and resubmit our contract for Triangle Talent, using the advice and guidelines provided in the letter.

“When we received proposals for this contract in December 2008, neither eligible proposal conformed perfectly with the terms and conditions outlined in the RFP, however both were from respected companies capable of booking entertainment for the 2009 State Fair. One proposal was for $48,500, and the other was for $370,000. The Department looked at the considerable cost savings presented by Triangle Talent and decided its proposal was in the best interest of the State.

“Since then, Triangle Talent has booked an outstanding concert series for both the State Fair’s Grandstand, as well as a terrific line up of free acts at Chevy Court.

“The Department appreciates receiving the direction of the Comptroller’s office on this matter and we look forward to working with them in finalizing a viable contract with Triangle Talent that enables the State Fair to continue announcing top rate entertainment at an affordable cost for fairgoers.”

March 2 Letter from the Office of the State Comptroller

March 6 Letter to the Office of the State Comptroller

March 27 Letter to Office of the State Comptroller

April 7 Letter from Office of the State Comptroller


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