June 24, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, York College
Addressing the 2009 graduating class at York College, Gov. David Paterson offered a ray of hope to future entrepreneurs during these bleak economic times. “The minority-owned and women-owned businesses that were less than 5% of contracts awarded in 2006 now (make up) over 25% of the contracts that do business with the state of New York,” said Paterson, referring to his promise, while serving as lieutenant governor, to expand an executive order that would ensure more equity for minorities and women-owned businesses. “When you get out there, come see us at the state because New York is opened for business, for everyone,” said Paterson, keynote speaker at the college’s commencement.