June 25, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Medgar Evers College
Vowing to expand an executive order to ensure more minority and women-owned businesses get a seat at the table, New York Gov. David Paterson told the 2008 graduating class of Medgar Evers College that he would work to see that these businesses are fairly and accurately considered for state contracts. “It is the responsibility of our government that you have equal opportunity,” said Paterson, referring to a report in Black Enterprise magazine that rated Huntsville, Ala., higher than New York in the number of minority-owned businesses. “But here’s the good news: There’s a new sheriff in town,” he added to thunderous applause.