New York’s Mayoral Candidates Discuss Their Economic Plans For Minority Businesses

August 14, 2013  |  

From Black Enterprise

Four of New York City’s five Democratic mayoral contenders on Tuesday struck a conciliatory tone on a wide range of economic issues concerning the minority business community, including the management and fair dispersal of nearly $17 billion in procurement contracts, as well as access to better health care, living wages and jobs at a economic candidate’s forum in Harlem.

Made up of some of New York’s most powerful minority firms and entrepreneurs, the newly-formed New York Real Estate Chamber hosted the forum, an opportunity some board members said to assuage years of neglect resulting in an economic situation the candidate Bill de Blasio called “unsustainably unequal.”

Tuesday morning’s forum was held just one day after a federal judge ruled that the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policies unconstitutionally discriminated on the basis of race. Citing that the department had been “deliberately indifferent” to its wrongdoing, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered a federal monitor preside over departmental reform related to its policing.

For more about what the candidates say they have planned for minority- and women-owned businesses, click through to Black Enterprise.

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