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NEW YORK — New York City is letting down its minority- and women-owned businesses, according to a new report from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office.
A paltry 3.8% of city contracts were awarded to such businesses, known as MWBEs, in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the study found.
Stringer gave the city a grade of “C-” on its job of sending business to MWBEs.
The picture was even worse when it came to Black-owned businesses, his office found.
Such businesses got just $6.8 million in city contracts — a decrease of about $2.8 million compared to the previous year — earning the city an “F” in that category. Meanwhile, the situation improved with Asians, Hispanics and women, according to Stringer’s office.
“As this administration prepares to leave office, it is clear that the city, from the next mayor and comptroller to the next City Council, have abundant opportunities to address the systemic inequities experienced by communities of color especially as we continue to rebuild our economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the comptroller said in a statement.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who leaves office at the end of the year due to term limits, previously announced the creation of a “chief MWBE officer” at every city agency. The role was meant to “ensure agencies apply creative thinking and executive authority to increase MWBE participation and realize each agency’s diversity and inclusion goals,” de Blasio said in August 2020.
The city has a long way to go, according to Stringer, who’s also leaving office at the end of the year.He called on citywide elected officials to adopt the “Rooney Rule,” which originated in the NFL, and interview women and people of color for top leadership jobs.Stringer, who lost this year’s Democratic mayoral primary, also called on the next mayor to create a plan to award more contracts to MWBEs.The City Council should take similar steps, he said.“There is still room for significant improvement,” the comptroller stated.Support The Liberty Loft by donating via PayPal or donate with crypto . Your support helps us achieve our mission to deliver conservative news and opinion. You can find […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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