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Lynbrook looks to eBay for big savings

When the Lynbrook recreation department’s 20-year-old Easy-Rider tractor broke down last year, officials were told that no parts would be available to fix the old machine, and they’d likely need to shell out about $17,000 for a new one.

That’s when village administrator John Giordano took a look at the offerings on eBay.

Using Trustee Alan Beach’s PayPal account, the village bought a used tractor from someone in Georgia for $1,200 – including shipping. The parks staff swapped out the engine and, voila, the old tractor, a 4-wheel drive vehicle used to rake ball fields and other handy work, came back to life.

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In another instance of using eBay to save big money, the village paid $900 to a vendor in Arkansas for a used high-voltage circuit breaker for Village Hall. Officials originally got a $20,000 quote for a new one.

Lynbrook, which doesn’t use a corporate credit card to avoid risks associated with sharing financial information, Giordano said, will consider a resolution to set up its own PayPal account at its board meeting Tuesday night. He expects the resolution to pass. No more having to reimburse others for helping out.

“The benefit is to be able to extend the life of buildings and equipment using existing replacement parts instead of replacing it with something new – and saving the taxpayers tax dollars,” Giordano said.

The village isn’t planning on purchasing anything immediately once it’s set up on PayPal, but the highway superintendent has his eye out for a needed dump truck.

The town also needs a sanitation and collection truck.

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