Covid Contracts

An OPRA request was placed today for:

All emails, letters, contracts and communications from July 2020-present between Jessica Cohen and MV Strategies, and Edward Oatman and MV Strategies

As CONTRACTS are in this case available for immediate access, we got them and here they are along with a listing of money paid under them through the last month based on check registry data.

MV Strategies LLC: $1.500,000 emergency authorization – 9/8/20

7 responses to this post.

  1. Who is MV Strategies and why is there no information about them anywhere? Who is Megan V Brown, President of MV Strategies? And why is she profiting from a pandemic?

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  2. Posted by qpat00 on March 28, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Looking at the 8/11/2020 agreement between UC and MV strategies LLC couple of items: One paragraph is very interesting-p 4/27 top of page para 4.b.i-This is titled “additional insureds” and actually lists “freeholders”. Why are they included? They got money from MVS? This goes back to the main Covid grant money XL sheet that has the line items listed as, “Freeholder expenses”. In addition, pg 3/27 proof of certificate of insurance, and pg 16-17/27 proof of business registration and also list of all subs and their business registrations should be on file with the county…….. So the freeholders were employees and got paid by MV Strategies it appears.

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    • Posted by qpat00 on March 28, 2022 at 9:30 pm

      pg 26 0f 27 actually lists the scope of work to be performed by MVS. Also lists daily documents to submit to county which as per contract page 18/27 all are OPRA-able.

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  3. Posted by qpat00 on March 28, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Reading Drugsmarts contract dated sept 29, 2020, scope paragraph 5 reads: UC to pay Drugsmart $100 for each nasal swab test. This appears to total $589,000. And then a subsequent amendment added scope where UC pays drugsmart $78 an hour per person for their licensed employees to administer vaccine for another $40k.

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    • Posted by qpat00 on March 28, 2022 at 9:50 pm

      just a note about drugsmart: they just are administration and gets a cut of the action by overseeing a company, Genesis Laboratory Management, that is doing the actual nasal swab and testing work.

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  4. Posted by qpat00 on March 28, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    What is interesting in all of this when listening to the Commissioner mtgs thru this pandemic, there was a whole county golf operations that was shut down tight yet the workers werent laid off, plus probably other non-critical employees in the county were idle. They could have done the outreach program at no cost since they were getting paid by the county anyway.

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  5. Posted by StopTheSteal on March 29, 2022 at 9:22 am

    First how does the MV Strategies qualify for an EMERGENCY CONTRACT?
    The contest was awarded in August 2020. If the initiative that Kelly Martins referenced didn’t begin until MAY 2021. Where is the “emergency” that they couldn’t award the contract in accordance with the Open Public Contracts Law?

    “In circumstances where an emergency affecting the public health, safety or welfare requires the IMMEDIATE delivery of goods or the performance of services, a contract may be awarded without public bidding regardless of the bid threshold. N.J.S.A. 40A:11-6”

    Second, If there was $1.5 million appropriated and only $750,000 was paid or where did the other $750,000 go? Into the county $180 million surplus.

    The Bruce Bergen should know Open Public Contracts Law. Bibi should know the law and yet they signed off on this “emergency”. Absolute BS!

    Where were the Auditors and where was Bibi Taylor’s husband who was given hundreds of thousands of dollars to oversee compliance on the CAREs money.

    Someone didn’t do their jobs.

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