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§ 258-a. Purchases by museums, historical societies, zoological
gardens, aquariums, botanical gardens and arboreta through office of
general services. Museums, historical societies, zoological gardens,
aquariums, botanical gardens and arboreta which are chartered or
incorporated by the regents or otherwise formed pursuant to section two
hundred sixteen of this chapter or otherwise pursuant to the laws of
this state and are also non-profit may make purchases, except of printed
material, through the state division of standards and purchase in the
office of general services subject to such rules as may be established
from time to time pursuant to section one hundred sixty-three of the
state finance law; provided that each such purchase shall have a cost of
five hundred dollars or more and that said museum, historical society,
zoological garden, aquarium, botanical garden or arboreta shall accept
sole responsibility for any payment of such cost due the vendor.

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