M/WBE FAQs


New York State

What is Executive Law Article 15-A?
Article 15-A of the Executive Law was signed into law on July 19, 1988. Under this statue, state agencies are charged w
ith establishing employment and business participation goals for minorities and women. To view Article 15-A of the Executive Law - Click Here

Where can I obtain a copy of the directory of M/WBEs?
To see the Empire State Development Corporation, Minority & Women's Business Directory on the Internet, Click Here

Contract Goals







Do all CNYRTA contracts have goals for the participation of M/WBEs?
Construction contracts in excess of $100,000, Professional Services and Procurement contracts in excess of $25,000, are subject to M/WBE goal requirements. 

How are the M/WBE goals established?
Goals are established based upon geographic location of the project, job trades or service, previous project experience and M/WBE availability.

If I am a MBE or WBE can I count myself toward the goals?
No. Construction contracts in excess of $100,000, Professional Services and Procurement contracts in excess of $25,000, are subject to M/WBE goal requirements whether you are a NYS certified M/WBE Prime or not.

Registration/Certification

Do M/WBE firms have to be certified?
The use of non-NYS certified firms is not acceptable for M/WBE goal attainments. Only MBE/WBE firms certified by Empire State Development Corporation, Division of Minority & Women's Business Development can be utilized to meet M/WBE participation goals on CNYRTA contracts.

How do I become New York State certified?
To obtain information on becoming certified in New York State as a minority or woman-owned business, please contact:

The Department of Economic Development - Division of Minority and Women's Business Development


Albany:
Department of Economic Development
Division of Minority and Women's Business Development
30 South Pearl Street - 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12245
Phone: (518) 292-5803

New York City
:
Department of Economic Development
Division of Minority and Women's Business Development
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6706
Phone: (212) 803-2411

Fax: (212) 803-3223 

 

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