Resolution No. 263

Exercising Ulster County’s Termination Rights Under Article 30 Of A Contract Between The County Of Ulster And Samadhi Center, Inc.

Resolution Information

Petition to Discharge Successfully Executed



Referred to: The Health, Human Services and Housing Committee (Chairman Uchitelle and Legislators Collins, Corcoran, Harmon, Kitchen, Lopez, and McCollough), and The Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Gavaris and Legislators Collins, Hansut, Kovacs, Nolan, and Roberts)


Minority Leader Kevin A. Roberts offers the following:


WHEREAS, on March 15, 2018, the County brought a civil lawsuit in Ulster County Supreme Court (Index No. 18-903) alleging that deceptive marketing practices of prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors contributed to the opioid epidemic; and


WHEREAS, the County’s lawsuit was thereafter transferred to Suffolk County Supreme Court (Index No. 400000/2017) along with similar lawsuits brought by other counties in the State of New York (the “New York Action”); and


WHEREAS, the County was also made a part of the negotiation class in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation in the Northern District of Ohio (MDL No. 2804) (the “National Action”); and


WHEREAS, settlement agreements with certain defendants were reached in the New York Action and the National Action; and


WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution No. 273 of May 16, 2023, the Ulster County Legislature approved the execution of a contract with Samadhi Center, Inc. to operate an outpatient and substance use disorder withdrawal and stabilization services program, partially or fully funded by settlement funds received by the County from the New York State and/or National Opiate litigation; and


WHEREAS, the said contract became effective January 1, 2023, with an initial term through December 31, 2023; and


WHEREAS, a letter signed by the Ulster County Director of Purchasing dated May 25, 2023 and countersigned by Samadhi Center, Inc. on June 1, 2023 purportedly extended the term of the said contract through December 31, 2024; and


WHEREAS, Article 30 of the said contract provides that the County of Ulster may, inter alia, at any time, in whole or in part, for the convenience of the County, terminate the said contract by written notice, effective upon mailing; and





WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature hereby finds and determines that it is appropriate and in the best interests of the County and its citizens to immediately terminate the said contract, to the extent the same has been extended through December 31, 2024 by the abovementioned letter of the Director of Purchasing or otherwise; and


WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature, pursuant to Ulster County Charter

§C-11, is the legislative, appropriating and policy-determining body of the County; and


WHEREAS, pursuant to § C-74(B)(4) of the Ulster County Charter, the Ulster County Purchasing Director shall perform such other and related duties as shall be required and delegated by the County Executive or County Legislature; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED, that the Director of Purchasing shall, immediately following the adoption of this Resolution, send a termination notice pursuant to Article 30 of the said contract in a form approved by the County Attorney and Legislative Counsel on behalf of Ulster County,    


and moves its adoption.





AYES:                    NOES:      



Passed Committee: Health, Human Services and Housing on ________________.


Passed Committee: Ways and Means on ________________.






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Updated: June 14, 2024

Votes on this Resolution

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Thu, Jun 6, 2024 Health, Human Services And Housing
Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 263
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