This Week in Government Affairs
November 25, 2014
Catherine (Cate) Tully will be Manager of Government Affairs, and will be leading our Financial Services Committee, covering banking and insurance industry issues. An attorney, Cate’s background includes more than a decade with the Assembly Ways and Means Committee and Counsel office staff, eight years as Senior Counsel at the Dormitory Authority, and a session with the NYS Association of Health Care Providers.
Please help us welcome Cate to GAC. We look forward to having them engage with Business Council members as we prepare for the 2015 session.
Technology Innovation Center
Legislation was recently introduced that would empower the director of the state technology office to operate a state information technology center—or “iCenter”—to develop and demonstrate technology solutions with potential benefit to the state and its citizens (A.10187/Hevesi). The Business Council is still seeking member input on this bill.
- MWBE Concerns:
In a Grand Jury report, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. outlined new initiatives to combat fraud in MWBE programs. The investigation examined contractors in the New York City construction industry and found that: some falsely claimed to utilize MWBEs to perform the work required under the contract; invoices were created to make it appear as though work and payments went to MWBEs; non-MWBE contractors misrepresented the participation of MWBEs in paperwork submitted to agencies; over $10 million in payments purported for MWBEs went to non-MWBEs (in the sample of cases presented to the Grand Jury). The Grand Jury recommended: requiring a representative with knowledge from the prime contractor and from each MWBE on a contract to certify that the MWBE performed the services or provided the materials as contractually required, and the MWBE was not a mere “pass-through” entity; increasing the resources devoted by the certifying and contracting agencies to oversee the MWBE programs; adding gradations to Penal Law Section 190.65 so that the criminal charge reflects the magnitude of the offense; and enhancing existing criminal fines to help take the profit incentive out of MWBE fraud. Click here to read the full report.
Please note the following additional items of interest:
- Common Core Event in Westchester
The Business Council of Westchester is hosting a joint forum on business engagement in education on Wednesday, December 10 from 8 – 10 a.m. that will highlight the importance of public-private partnerships and provide the employer community with information on the common core state standards. Guest speakers include Dr. Salvador Fernandez, executive director of the school of achievement (New York City Department of Education); Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State; and Allison Armour-Garb, education policy expert at the Public Policy Institute of New York State (PPI).