2005-01-14 / Community

Sanders To Host Meeting On Racial, Gender Disparities

City Councilman James Sanders, Jr., who represents the eastern end of the peninsula in the City Council and who is the chair for the council’s Economic Development Committee, will hold a meeting at York College on Thursday, January 20, to release a study that will reportedly show increased racial and gender disparities in awarding city contracts beginning with the second Giuliani administration and continuing today.

“It is sad on the eve of Martin Luther King Day 2005 that the city has been marching backwards on equal business since Mayor Giuliani dismantled the city’s programs that addressed companies owned by minorities and women,” Sanders said. “It is time to take serious action in this area.”

According to a spokesperson for Sanders, in 2002, The Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy (DBC) at Medgar Evers College-CUNY were designated by the New York City Council on behalf of Sanders, to commission a City of New York disparity study.

Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd. (MTA), of Oakland, CA. was selected to perform the study whose purpose was to determine if a significant disparity existed between the availability of ready, willing and able minority and women-owned businesses and the utilization of such businesses in the City’s procurement process.

Approximately $18.8 billion and 136,915 prime contracts in 23 mayoral agencies were analyzed in the areas of construction, architecture and engineering, professional services, standard services and goods for the five year period from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 2002.

Additionally, 5,274 subcontracts and $984 million were analyzed in construction, architectural and engineering, and professional services for three years.

The Study was conducted with the cooperation of the local chambers of commerce, business organizations and the many New York City business owners who participated in interviews and business meetings.

The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the Department of Small Business Services staff played key roles in assisting with the data collection and made available contract records and documents needed to perform the study.

Sanders and others involved with the study will release its findings at a series of meetings throughout the city. The Queens meeting will be held at York College, 94-20 Guy Brewer Boulevard at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 20.

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