Tax-Levy Purchasing & Procurement

The SPH Purchasing Manager is responsible for overseeing the purchase and procurement of all products and services for the School community; for applying best practices for optimizing cost savings while procuring quality products and services; and for assuring property inventory control and inspections, in compliance with all applicable University, City and State rules and regulations. Purchasing is a vital function, integrally supportive of the School and University’s mission as a premier educational and research institution committed to academic excellence and the provision of equal access and opportunity.

Purchasing Resources

All purchases made using tax levy (State and City funds) are subject to Finance and Education Law of the State of New York and the rules and regulations promulgated by

Purchasing at SPH

Faculty and staff members who require goods or services using NYS tax levy funds (e.g. department budgets or faculty Start-Up funds) should contact the appropriate Department Administrator.

Department Administrators:

Toya Cox (
Community Health and Social Science

Himani Sharma (
Health Policy and Management

Giuseppina Dimaggio (
Environmental Occupational Health Sciences
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Ingrid Kalemi (
Academic Affairs

James Warren (
Student Services & College Association

Ana Ballet (
HR, Public Safety, Communications, SPARS

Vanessa Colon (

Larissa Naftaliyev (
Information Technology

Jeanette Rodriguez ( and Paulo Lellis (
Dean’s Office

  • SPH Department and Unit Heads are responsible for prudently planning for anticipated purchases and requesting those goods and services necessary for effective operation (Reference budget planning process).
  • Each Department or Unit Head is responsible for determining the source and availability of funds prior to the initiation of any purchase.
  • Faculty and staff wishing to purchase goods and services should notify their purchasing liaison before doing anything. The purchasing liaison will work with the Procurement Office to procure this item. It is important to be as detailed as possible when requesting something. It is possible the Procurement Office will come back and request your assistance in obtaining quotes if needed. No college personnel should negotiate with a vendor for pricing or sign a contract on behalf of the school.
  • Every Department and Unit at SPH has a designated Administrator who has the authority and responsibility to initiate purchases through CUNYBuy.
  • Employees who require requisition access should email the A/P Specialist for assistance completing the CUNY First form here.
  • Once funding is determined to be available, the Requestor is responsible for creating a Purchase Requisition. A Purchase Requisition must be filled out in advance of all commitments of expenditures.
  • To create a PR, the requestor must sign in to their CUNYBuy account and fill out the form to create a Requisition Non-Marketplace.
  • The purchasing process begins with the creation of an official Purchase Requisition by the Requestor (End User or Department Administrator or designee) in CUNYbuy.
  • The Office of Business Services and Finance is responsible for confirming that the funds are available within the correct departmental budget codes to cover the cost of the purchase.
  • Once the Purchase Requisition passes budget check, the procurement process begins. That is, the process of acquiring goods and services by selecting and vetting vendors, establishing payment terms and negotiating contracts in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.
  • The SPH Purchasing Manager is responsible for determining the appropriate procurement procedure to be followed, such as whether NYS or other existing contracts may be used or if bidding is required, identifying vendors who can provide the required goods and services and, once identified, works with the requestor(s) to assure their needs are met.
  • The SPH Purchasing Manager is the only individual at the School authorized to enter into contracts and agreements with vendors, in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.
  • The SPH Purchasing Manager is responsible for creating Purchase Orders.   
  • SPH is supported by CUNY Central Office Shared Services in facilitating the procurement process and serves as the approver for the Purchase Orders issued by the SPH Purchasing Manager.
  • The SPH Purchasing Manager works closely with the CUNY Central Office to assure that Purchase Orders are approved in CUNYFirst and entered into the New York State Financial System (SFS), so that the selected vendor can provide the requested goods and services.
  • The SPH Purchasing Manager is responsible for forwarding a copy of the purchase order to the requestor and the property manager.
  • The Requestor is responsible for checking the purchase order against the purchase requisition for accuracy and consistency with the expected cost and for contacting the Purchasing Manager immediately if cancellation or modification is required.

Upon receipt, the Requestor is responsible for inspecting goods and services for any materials defects and for creating a receipt in CUNYfirst and submitting it along with the Vendor’s packing slip and other supporting documentation to process payment.

Please make sure all invoices or receipts have the following information on them:

    • Purchase Order Number printed on invoice by vendor or written by end user
    • Receipt Number
    • Printed name with initial or signature of end user or responsible person in the department confirming goods or services received
    • Circle amount to be paid or if paying less than the original amount, the amount must be indicated with a brief explanation
    • Date of approval
    • Okay to Pay and Received printed on the invoice
    • Instructions on how to create a receipt in CUNYBuy are available on CUNY’s website: Create a Receipt

Special Procurement Procedures

Computer hardware and software, telephone and other electronic equipment procurement requires engagement with and approval by the SPH Office of Information and Instructional Technology (IT). Faculty and staff seeking to purchase hardware and software should contact IT ( at the earliest possible stage to obtain guidance and approval. Purchase requisitions for computer hardware and software require approval by IT. Software purchases may also require approval by CUNY’s Office of Computing and Information Services (CIS), and the Office of the General Counsel.

To create a Purchase Requisition for software, you must follow the CUNY Guidelines. See more info on Creating a Software Purchase or Renewal Requisition here.

All electronic devices purchased with University-related funds (including tax-levy, RF, NTL, and SPH Foundation funds) belong to the School and must be used in accordance with School and University policies. Individual custodians are responsible for keeping track of their devices and for returning them to the school upon separation.

Furniture and large equipment purchases require engagement with and approval by the SPH Facilities Department (Campus Facilities). Faculty and staff seeking to obtain guidance and approval to purchase furniture and large equipment should contact Campus Facilities ( at the earliest possible stage to seek assistance. Facilities is responsible for preparing furniture and large equipment acquisitions. Purchase requisitions for furnishings require approval by Campus Facilities.

Under certain circumstances, New York State and the University permit food and beverages to be served at business meetings using tax-levy funds. Such meetings must adhere to the following:

  • Must be regarded as an atypical event and NOT as a routine business practice
  • Meeting must be at least 2 hours in duration during normal meal times and would be disrupted by a meal break
  • Every effort should be made to schedule business meetings during customary business hours and not during times where meals are typically taken
  • The number of attendees must exceed the number for whom food was ordered
  • Attendees must sign in to document their participation
  • A justification is required

For more information, please refer to:
CUNY Guidelines for Meals Served on Premises for Business Meetings

Other Purchasing Topics

The New York State and the University authorize the use of Procurement Cards (P-Cards) for non-travel related expenditures under certain circumstances, in accordance with NYS and University rules and regulations. SPH has a limited number of P-Cards that are managed through the Office of the Dean and the Senior Associate Dean for Administration. For more information about allowable and prohibited purchases and procedures, see CUNY P-Card Compliance. If your Department requires purchases with a P-Card, please contact your Department Administrator. If you purchase items using a P-Card, you must keep a record of hte receipt and purpose and make sure that the reconciliation process is completed in a timely fashion. The Office of Business Services and Finance is responsible for managing access and usage of P-Cards.