Preferred Sources

From SUNY Procedure 7553: Purchasing and Contracting (Procurement)

Purchases from Preferred Sources take precedence over all other sources of supply and competitive procurement methods.  Pricing has been approved by the NYS Office of General Services (OGS) and therefore competitive bidding requirements are waived, saving you time and effort.

"It is the declared policy of the University that utilization of preferred sources (Corcraft, New York State Preferred Source Program for People Who are Blind, New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc.) occur whenever possible. In accordance with the provisions of the NYS Finance Law §162 and NYS State Corrections Law §184, preferred sources must be considered whenever purchases of commodities or services are required.  Form, function and utility requirements may be considered.  Where a preferred source is to be used for the provision of commodities or services, no competitive selection process or publication in the Contract Reporter is required.  In the event a preferred source is to be rejected, that source must be given prior written notice with an explanation and an opportunity to respond.”

  • Form: Color, shape, configuration, etc.
  • Function: Purpose, ability to work in a specific way, etc.
  • Utility: Usefulness, availability, function, etc.

Per OGS, “To apply the form, function, and utility standard, the agency should define the commodity in terms of the minimum essential requirements which will meet its needs. Every effort should be made to purchase from the preferred source so long as the item meets the agency’s needs. Requirements may include quality, quantity, delivery, packaging, performance standards and compatibility, among others. Requirements should not be inflated or overstated to eliminate preferred source suppliers; nor, should the purchasing agency acquire a preferred source product which is materially unsuited to the needs of the agency.”

OGS Preferred Source Guidelines

OGS has posted a list of all commodities and services available by preferred sources

The Purchasing and Accounts Payable Office is here to help. Please contact Jacob Irving at 607-753-2582 with any questions or for Preferred Sources' contact information.


New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision
Division of Industries
550 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204
Phone: 518-436-6321 or 800-436-6321
Fax: 518-472-1614 or 800-898-5895
Corcraft Website
Corcraft Catalog

Corcraft is the manufacturing program of the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision.

Corcraft produces approximately 300 products for office, institutional and educational markets such as: 

  • Office and educational furniture and equipment
    • Chairs/Seating
    • Storage cabinets
    • File cabinets
    • Bulletin boards
    • Tables
    • Desks
    • Sit/Stand Desktops
  • Soap and janitorial supplies

Note: Corcraft is not a preferred source option for the purchase of services.


New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID)
11 Columbia Circle Drive
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: 518-463-9706
Fax: 518-463-9708
NYSID Catalog
NYSID Custom Printed Apparel Quote Request Form

NYSID enables people with severe disabilities by making organizations that serve them eligible for state contracts as preferred sources.

NYSID provides products in the following categories (including, but not limited to):

  • Apparel
    • Shirts
    • Pants
    • Shorts
    • Jerseys
    • Hats
    • Outerwear
    • Swimwear
  • Services
    • Screen Printing/Embroidery (Apparel)
    • Furniture Refurbishment (Upholstery)
  • Office Supplies
    • Envelopes/Folders (Interagency)
    • Paperclips
    • Stapler/Remover
  • Promotional Items (with custom printing)
    • Magnets
    • Pens
    • Stress balls
    • Mugs
    • Water bottles
    • Blankets
    • Folders, etc.
  • Maintenance
    • Trash bags
    • Rest Room
      • Paper Towels
      • Toilet Paper
      • Soap


New York State Preferred Source Program for People Who Are Blind (NYSPSP)
136 State Street, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-621-0605 or 800-421-9010
Fax: 518-456-3587
NYSPSP Website
NYSPSP Catalog (PDF)

NYSPSP is a state-mandated program to help create employment opportunities for New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired.

Common products include, but are not limited to:

  • Office supplies
    • File folders
    • Self-stick flags
    • Notepads
    • Pens & pencils
    • Tape
  • Cleaning products
    • Mops
    • Brooms
  • Medical supplies
    • Stop the Bleed Kits
    • Exam gloves
    • Face masks

Contact Us

Jacob Irving
Purchasing Assistant
SUNY Cortland
Purchasing and Accounts Payable Office
P.O. Box 2000
Miller Building, 310
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-2582