|Jason Lewis/ Village Voice|
Representatives from the New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce voiced their outrage on the steps of City Hall yesterday over a proposed bill that would lower procurement goals for Hispanic-owned businesses bidding for city work.
Earlier this month, the city announced revisions to Local Law 129, which was created in 2005 to increase the number of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises that secure contracts to perform work for the city. The bill would lift the $1 million contract-limit currently in place for program participants, and it would implement better support systems for M/WBE's .
But those in attendance at yesterday's rally are fuming over a portion of the bill that reduces procurement goals for Hispanic construction firms from nine percent to four percent.
And, as the Voice previously reported, these groups are promising to use their influence within the Hispanic community to campaign against any politicians who vote for or support the bill.
"I can assure you that any Councilman, who supports this bill, that comes to the Latino community, will face a very angry constituency, inside their district and outside of their district," Peter Fontanes, head of the New York Association of Hispanics in Real Estate and Construction, said at the news conference. "Anybody thinking of running for mayor who votes for this bill and supports this bill, I can assure they will not get our support. And, we will campaign against them actively."More »