NewsNet 06-25-15

NEW YORK CITY TO USE CITY OF TUCSON'S PROCUREMENT CONTRACT - The City of New York recently announced that it will use one of the City of Tucson's Department of Procurement's cooperative contracts for IT Solutions through CDW-G. Through the cooperative contracting program, other cities are welcome to use some contracts developed by the City of Tucson and other cities to buy goods, saving the partner city the time and expense of entering the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and increasing revenue for Tucson. "NYC went through a very long due diligence process, which ultimately validated the integrity of your contracting process, the value you derive throughout that process, and the professionalism of your staff," said National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (IPA) Vice President Ken Heckman in a letter to the City of Tucson. The single partnership with the City of New York is expected to bring $25,000 to $60,000 in administrative fees to the City of Tucson, while projected revenues from all of Tucson's cooperative contracts are expected to reach $500,000 for the current fiscal year.

WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER EVENT THIS WEEK - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is hosting an information session for women interested in a law enforcement career. Tomorrow's event runs from 6:15-9 p.m. at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center, 10001 S. Wilmot Road. Women of the Tucson Police Department will discuss career paths and opportunities for females in law enforcement and related fields. Register online or email
Ride along with an officer who gives advice about joining TPD

ONE OF TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT'S FIRST FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS IS RETIRING - Tucson Fire Capt. Diana Benson - the third woman in Tucson to be hired as a Tucson firefighter in 1990 - is retiring tomorrow. Benson also holds the distinction of being the first-ever female lead training officer. She also is part of the highly-specialized technical rescue team that handles swiftwater, rope, and extrication rescues. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally recently acknowledged Benson's accomplishments on the U.S. House floor, calling her a pioneer and a role model. Read more from Tucson News Now.

SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS PROGRAM CONTINUES TOMORROW AT REID PARK ZOO - Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a series of themed nights featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, artifact stations, enrichment-making activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts. The event runs every Friday, 5:30-8 p.m., through July 10. The bands and animal themes change each week. Tomorrow's theme is Bears, Bears, Bears – featuring grizzly and Andean bears. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

TOILET REBATES AVAILABLE - Tucson Water offers free toilets to qualifying low-to-moderate-income households. The rebate program offers free replacement of older toilets that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush. Toilets qualifying for replacement typically are manufactured before 1991. The date of manufacture is generally stamped inside the tank or lid of the toilet. You must be a Tucson Water customer to receive the offer. Rental properties are not eligible. The program provides a high-efficiency toilet and hardware, as well as the installation. For more information, call Tucson Water at (520) 791-4331.