2006-05-12 / Community

Equal Opportunity For SUNY Contracts

A letter released by State Senator Malcolm Smith regarding SUNY school's contracting practices to include minority and women-owned businesses was sent to SUNY Chancellor John Ryan, where the Senator detailed his concerns about equal representation in SUNY business deals.

"I felt the need to reach out to Chancellor Ryan to share my distress over the lack of outreach to minority and women's businesses. I think it is important that we examine this issue and encourage SUNY to take a look at its contracting practices," said Senator Smith.

In Senator Smith's letter to the Chancellor, he describes his support for adequate funding for the SUNY system, as well as his concern over the current business acquisition process. The Senator went on to explain a piece of legislation he is sponsoring that would call for more accountability measures and enforcement of inclusion efforts on behalf of minority and women's business enterprises.

"I am committed to ensuring that minority and women owned businesses are given the opportunity to flourish and have the same opportunity as other businesses in the state. I hope that by introducing this legislation I can renew New York's commitment to developing minority and women's businesses," said Senator Smith.

The Senator is confident that the Chancellor will be receptive to his concerns and review the issue. "The SUNY system has certainly embraced the opportunity to be a partner in the economic development of the state and I know that they are committed to the betterment of our state as a whole," concluded Senator Smith.

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