Sanders Likens City To Racist Southern Past
At a recent press conference, Sanders said that the city has fallen short when it comes to throwing business to minority and women-owned businesses, something required by Local Law 129, which was enacted in late 2005 to “enhance the ability of minority and women owned business enterprises to compete for city contracts.”
At that press conference, Sanders said, “As the father of Local Law 129, I am deeply disappointed at its abject failure. It is a sad thing when minority businesses have a better chance to make it in Selma, Alabama, with its sordid racist history, than in ‘liberal’ New York City.”
So far this year, the city has spent more than $17 billion that was eligible to go towards fulfilling the law, but only 2.3 percent of all city contracts were actually spent with minority and women owned businesses, said City Comptroller John Liu, who has developed a website to track the spending trends.