HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory is taking a page from New York State in proposing to expand requirements with the County’s contracting process that covers minority and women-owned businesses to include businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.
A public hearing on the measure was held March 20 and is expected to be on the agenda at the April 24 general meeting in Hauppauge.
The resolution is based on the 2014 state law designed to promote and encourage the development of businesses owned by service-disabled veterans and to facilitate their participation in the State contracting process.
Presiding Officer Gregory said, “The law honors the service and sacrifices of disabled veterans by creating protocols to ensure that businesses owned by service-disabled veterans have an equal opportunity to do business within Suffolk County. It is in our best interest to follow the lead set by the state and encourage the development of businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.”
The bill would also establish a countywide services-disabled veteran-owned businesses certification program that would be maintained by the Suffolk County Office of Minority Affairs based on certifications issued by the New York State Division of Service-Disabled Veterans Business Developments.
A service-disabled, veteran-owned business enterprise is defined as: a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company or corporation that is at least 51% owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; is real, substantial and continuing; has and exercises the authority to control independently the day-to-day business decisions of the enterprise; is authorized to do business in the state and is independently owned and operated; has a significant business presence in the state, is not dominant in its field and employs, based on its industry, a certain number of persons as determined by the director, but does not exceed 300, according to federal small business administration standards; and is certified by the Office of General Services.
Legislators are expected to vote on the resolution at the April 24 meeting, scheduled for 4 p.m. at the William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge.