DASNY’s Opportunity Programs Group (OPG) is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of programs and procedures: (1) to increase the development and utilization of qualified business firms owned by minority group members, women and small businesses through such means as contracting, subcontracting and commodity procurement, and (2) to ensure contractors doing business with DASNY employ qualified minority group members and women in positions in which they may have been previously excluded or substantially under-utilized.
In terms of statutory requirements, OPG is responsible for ensuring DASNY compliance with relevant sections of the Public Authorities Law, Set-Aside Legislation; and Article 15A of the Executive Law.
Article 15-A of the Executive Law was signed into law on July 19, 1988. Under this statue, state agencies are charged with establishing employment and business participation goals for minorities and women. Follow this link to view a Summary of Article 15-A of the Executive Law.
Construction contracts in excess of $100,000, and Professional Services and Procurement contracts in excess of $25,000 are subject to MWBE goal requirements.
Goals are established based upon geographic location of the project, job trades or service, previous project experience and MWBE availability.
Yes. Based on your firm’s NYS certification status, you will receive credit. However, you must achieve the participation goal for the designation for which you are not certified.
The use of non-NYS certified firms is not acceptable for MWBE goal attainments. Only MBE/WBE firms certified by Empire State Development, Division of Minority & Women's Business Development can be utilized to meet MWBE participation goals on DASNY contracts.
To obtain information on becoming certified in New York State as a minority or woman-owned business, contact one of the Empire State Development offices below or visit the New York State Contract System online at: https://ny.newnycontracts.com/
Albany Division of Small Business Albany, NY 12245 Phone: (518) 292-5100
New York City 633 Third Avenue New York, NY 10017-6706 Phone: (212) 803-2411
No. If your firm is NYS certified by Empire State Development, you can be utilized for goal attainment purposes by most agencies or authorities in New York State. However, some entities like Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, New York State Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority have additional certification programs.
To see New York State’s Minority & Women's Business Directory on the Internet, visit https://ny.newnycontracts.com and follow the link to the MWBE Directory.
DASNY has adopted the Uniform Certification Application and a Supplemental Application Form consisting of 10 simple questions as its registration application. Registration with DASNY is independent of and not related to any other registration, classification or certification by other local, state or federal government departments. DASNY Registration will only be granted to businesses that have been in existence for at least one year and which are owned and controlled by American citizens, Eskimos and/or Aleuts.
To obtain a copy of the Uniform Certification Application or DASNY's Supplemental Application Form, call Mr. Charles J. Croskey at (212) 273-5115.
DASNY registrants are entitled to receive direct Notice to Bidders on DASNY projects and other technical assistance.
DASNY conducts numerous general and project specific outreach activities throughout New York State to encourage MWBE participation. DASNY staff from construction, finance, purchasing and other key units are available to answer questions. Many networking opportunities are offered with key players in New York State. Some of the events DASNY participates in are listed below:
African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties, Inc. (AACC)
100 Stevens Avenue – Suite 202
Mount Vernon, NY 10550 Robin Douglas
(914) 699-6279 Fax
Westchester & Rockland
Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, Inc. (AMENY)
135-20 Liberty Avenue
Richmond Hill, NY 11419
(718) 291-1887 Fax
Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. (BOEDC)
The Bronx County Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room 123
Bronx, NY 10451-2937
(718) 537-5263 Fax
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
335 Adams Street, Suite 2700
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5826
(718) 875-1000 Ext. 132
(718) 237-4274 Fax
New York State Chapter National Association of Minority Contractors (NYSAMC)
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 280, 4th Floor, Room 419
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 855-1189 Fax
South Bronx Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
555 Bergen Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
Rogina Coar-Smith Evangeline Gelladola
(718) 732-7540 (718)732-7538
(718) 292-6645 Fax
DASNY’s Strategic Alliance partners maintain a plan room where MWBEs can review plans and specifications for all full service contracts put out to bid by the DASNY. The Information for Bidders document provides information on where plans and specification can be purchased.
MWBEs can participate on DASNY projects as: Prime/Subcontractors, Sub-consultants or Suppliers. For more information go to RFP & Bid Opportunities.
Also, DASNY advertises construction and commodities and services procurement opportunities in the Minority Commerce Weekly, NYS Contract Reporter, and NYS Contract System.
As plans are purchased for our upcoming construction projects, we require our architects to post a list of plan holders to our website. This allows subcontractors and suppliers to submit pricing prior to bid to any interested prime bidder. MWBEs can also post a one-page profile about their businesses on our website for review by majority prime bidders prior to bid.
The City University of New York (CUNY) Set-Aside Program designates purchases and contracts for construction and services at four CUNY campuses to be bid by minority and small businesses only. The set-aside campuses are; Bronx and Hostos Community Colleges, Medgar Evers College and York College. Participating small and minority-owned businesses can gain experience in major long-term capital construction projects needed to more effectively compete in the open market. DASNY has a 25 percent minimum participation requirement for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and small subcontractors and suppliers on work designated as Set-Aside.
When submitting a bid on DASNY contracts the MWBE should forward a copy of that bid to OPG to inform the office of their intent to participate. Additionally, the MWBE should contact the contractor to whom the bid was submitted to find out the disposition of that bid.
To minimize misrepresentation on DASNY projects, OPG forwards a letter to all MWBEs listed on the accepted Utilization Plan to verify their participation on the project. The letter will contain the following: Prime contractor's name, job location, scope of work, estimated start date and proposed dollar value of the subcontracting or purchasing opportunity. If your firm is listed on a DASNY approved utilization plan and you are not solicited or utilized on the project, please contact OPG immediately.
Yes. Second-tier subcontracting is allowed; however, it is not encouraged to Prime contractors. DASNY would prefer a direct relationship between MWBE its subcontractors and the Prime contractor.
Article 15A has an enforcement mechanism in place through ESDC. However, as a compromise, DASNY has established a training and development fund where contractors who do not make a “Good Faith Effort” and are non-compliant with the requirements of Article 15A of the Executive Law contribute to the fund. The training fund is utilized for MWBE seminars and workshops in Construction, A/E and Procurement statewide.
No. DASNY only has a contractual relationship with the Prime contractor and cannot guarantee payment to any subcontractor. However, OPG verifies MWBE participation (awards and payment) on all DASNY contracts.
DASNY’s Surety Bond program is designed to help MWBE firms acquire the surety bonding needed to successfully make the transition from subcontractors to prime contractors or to increase their capacity as a prime on construction projects. DASNY’s program offers a robust educational component and one-on-one technical assistance. The goal is to help MWBE firms secure the bonding needed to compete for work on DASNY and other NYS contracts. As a result of participating in our program, MWBE firms can establish bonding and garner experience necessary to bid and perform on prime contracts for public and private statewide construction projects. Surety Bond Program | PDF
For information on how to apply for the DASNY Surety Bond Program, please contact: The Cayemitte Group
306 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown, NJ 08505
The New York State Contract System is a new, easy-to-use, web-based portal that streamlines and simplifies the MWBE certification and reporting process for procurements and contract compliance across all State agencies and authorities.
The system provides many benefits and efficiencies to New York State’s procurement process including bid opportunities, improved contract compliance monitoring and the requirement for prime contractors to make accurate and timely payments to all subcontractors and suppliers. The system features an updated MWBE Directory where firms may search for NYS Certified MWBE firms.
DASNY requires the use of this system by all of its contractors and vendors for contract compliance. Once awarded a contract from DASNY, firms receive information on user login and utilization of the system.
A PLA is a collective bargaining agreement between an employer and employees for a particular construction project. The employer is the prime contractor on that project. The employees are the crafts people that work on this project.
To learn more about the DASNY PLA, please visit DASNY NYC Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)
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