The Rev. Al Sharpton has determined to not endorse within the hotly contested 2021 NYC mayoral main race, however simply two days earlier than the June 22 election he’s criticizing frontrunner Maya Wiley’s diversity record.
When Wiley left the de Blasio administration in 2016 — the place she served as each Hizzoner’s counsel and town’s Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise (WMBE) director — lower than 5 % of public spending went to these corporations regardless that they account for 30 % of Big Apple-based corporations.
During her two years at City Hall, the portion of whole WMBE procurement for town truly dropped from 5.three to 4.9 %, in keeping with town comptroller’s workplace.
“I’ve not reviewed the contracts however a lot of our work at NAN is round financial fairness and preventing to get MWBE contracts up, not down,” Sharpton informed The Post about his National Action Network civil rights group.
City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, who’s supporting Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for mayor, had harsher phrases for Wiley’s lack of ability to spice up the bucks to minority companies throughout her tenure.
“That is a shame. Black and brown New Yorkers want financial alternative, not empty rhetoric,” Cumbo stated.
Robert L. Greene, head of the National Association of Investment Companies, questioned whether or not Wiley, a civil rights lawyer, is a real progressive given the shortage of minority contracting progress below her management.
“It is tough to foretell what any candidate will do when they’re in workplace,” Greene informed The Post.
“However the 2 finest indicators appear to be observe record and what are the priorities of their greatest supporters. The elementary query is what did you do once you had a chance to steer?
“Unfortunately little or no has been completed in NYC to extra broadly interact with minority enterprise. Despite a ‘progressive agenda’ the info are that minority enterprise enterprise (MBE) utilization charges have remained flat, leaving many minority contractors out of getting full and honest consideration.
“I hope the voters on this 12 months’s NYC mayoral race perceive that and elect a mayor that can present broader alternatives for people who proceed to be left behind,” Greene stated.
And whereas the MWBE work is previously, opponents level to her present backing by the 1199 SEIU well being care union as proof that her lack of concentrate on boosting minority companies will proceed if she’s elected mayor.
Greene stated lower than 2% of the union’s $20 million pension fund is with various asset managers.
A latest New York Post ballot discovered Wiley in second place simply behind Adams within the hotly-contested Democratic main race.
Other critics have attacked Wiley’s progressive bona fides. The former NAACP lawyer has put her personal kids in selective and personal colleges whereas advocating for a desegregated training system, her unique Prospect Park South, Brooklyn neighborhood has personal safety whereas she presses to defund the NYPD and she’s raked in six-figure salaries as a profession “activist.”
Wiley spokeswoman Julia Savel stated, A rep for Wiley stated, “As head of the MWBE program, Maya Wiley introduced collectively each New York City company and took New York from $500 million in contracts to $1.6 billion in simply two years — an unprecedented soar that displays her deep commitments to making a New York that lifts up each neighborhood.”.