BTEA Contractors' Guide to the Reauthorized Article 15-A

Contractors’ Guide to the Reauthorized Article 15-A 4 A SHORT HISTORY OF NYS’ MWBE PROGRAM Article 15-A of the Executive Law, signed into law on July 19, 1988, authorized the creation of the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development to promote employment and business opportunities on state contracts for minorities and women. Under this statute, state agencies are charged with establishing employment and business participation goals for minorities and women. In July 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law S.6575/A.8414, which reauthorizes the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) program for five more years to ensure ongoing and meaningful participation of MWBEs in contracted State projects. The reauthorization of the law included new enhancements aimed to enable even more MWBEs to participate in and benefit from the program. The goal of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Leadership Council is to hold quarterly meetings to discuss key issues facing the industry. In addition, the Council holds meetings with City and State Officials to discuss issues related to their MWBE and diversity programs. If there are policy differences among stakeholders, Council members take an active role in determining the best courses of action to pursue. The Council contributes to BTEA’s annual policy briefing as well as plays an active role providing suggestions for BTEA testimony on MWBE-specific issues.