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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 485-05
December 29, 2005

MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION LEVELING PLAYING FIELD IN CITY CONTRACTING PROCESS

Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 727-A sponsored by Council Members Sanders, Jackson, Monserrate, Rivera, Liu, Clarke, Gonzalez, Foster, Vann, James, Reyna, Martinez, Comrie, Palma, Perkins, Seabrook, Arroyo, Boyland, Stewart, Lopez, Reed, Addabbo Jr., Baez, Barron, Brewer, de Blasio, Fidler, Koppell, McMahon, Nelson, Quinn, Recchia Jr., Weprin, Yassky and Katz.  This bill establishes a program to eliminate gender and racial disparities in City contracting outcomes and increase competition for City contracts. 

"Our Administration is committed to creating opportunity for all New Yorkers.  Twice in the last four years I have signed Executive Orders directing the Department of Small Business Services to strengthen the City's minority and women-owned business program.   Eliminating disparities in contracting benefits all New Yorkers by leveling the playing field and increasing competition for City contracts. Intro 727-A is a culmination of our Administration's and the Council's shared goal of creating a legally defensible minority and women owned business enterprise program that will effectively reduce racial and gender disparities.  Under Intro 727-A, SBS will expand its efforts to certify minority and women owned firms; Commissioners will develop agency goals and utilization plans to chart a course for increasing the participation of minority and women owned firms; and prime contractors will be asked to meet subcontracting goals.  The City will be held accountable for progress towards these goals, through regular reporting. 

"I would like to thank the Department of Small Business Services, the Mayor's Office of Contracts Services, The Law Department and the City Council for their tireless efforts on this important legislation."







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