The de Blasio Administration Announced $1.6 Billion in Minority And Women-Owned Business Enterprise Awards
New York — Mayor de Blasio and the Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises Director Maya Wiley announced that New York City has been awarded $1,618,103,913 dollars today — over $1.6 billion — in contracts for the Fiscal Year 2015. The City plans to track the administration’s ambitious goal of awarding $16 billion in M?WBE contracts across agencies over the next 10 years. The first City wide report was released today and it included non-mayoral agencies and Authorities across all agencies.
Mayor de Blasio stated, “Increasing our City spending on minority and women-owned business enterprises is a critical tool to reducing inequality, and we are proud to announce over $1.6 billion in awards to our City’s M/WBE’s.” “We are committed to leveraging every tool to meet our goal of spending $16 billion over the next 10 years, and we will hold every agency accountable in this process.”
Accordingto the Mayor, in July, a directive was issued to all agencies proposing new accountability measures to increase M/WBE contracting. The City has reached a record-breaking number of certified M/WBEs this Fiscal year 2015 with roughly 4,100 applications. Out of 1,500 applicants, more than one-third of the applicants have been certified since the start of the de Blasio Administration. The administration helped increase the certification process by cutting down the red tape to make it easier to certify and re-certify online.
The City pursued legislation in Albany to give the City wider legal authority to create opportunities as promised to M/WBEs. The same legislation, which passed the Assembly in June, granted the City the same authority the State has to make discretionary awards up to $200,000 to M/WBEs.
Read the full report here.
Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor and Citywide M/WBE Director stated, “The City is making strong progress on expanding opportunity for M/WBEs, but we have more work to do.” “We’ve invested more effort and prioritized growing this program than any Administration in history but we won’t rest until M/WBEs have the same opportunities to prosper in this great city as the successful firms who’ve come before them.”