Elections for the next Mayor of the City of New York are quickly approaching, with the primaries set for June 22. Recently, at an event jointly organized by MGC GovTek and City & State, several Mayoral candidates expressed their strong support for the City of New York’s M/WBE program and diversity initiatives in the field of information technology. President of QED National Colleen Molter assisted in interviewing candidates along with the President of UAO Consulting Uche Ojeh, and City & State Reporter Annie McDonough. As owners of City certified Women-owned Business Enterprise and Minority-owned Business Enterprise respectively, the topic of M/WBE support from potential City leaders is deeply relevant to both Ms. Molter and Mr. Ojeh.
“We know all too well the importance of the City’s M/WBE program,” Colleen said, “And we look forward to continued support from City leaders, including the next Mayor of New York City.”
The candidates who participated in this insightful conversation were former NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, financial management leader Ray McGuire, and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley. The forum kicked off featuring one of New York’s strongest diversity champions, MTA Chief Diversity Officer Michael Garner.
Candidates expressed support for critical initiatives such as Computer Science for All, which would provide comprehensive technology education and resources for NYC students, and responses to topics such as tech giant Amazon’s previous bid to develop a new headquarters in Queens, NY.
All candidates who participated underlined the importance of prioritizing technology in the City of New York, ensuring it’s a focal point for the City which will usher in a new generation of opportunity and growth for all New Yorkers.
For more information on each mayoral candidate, please visit: https://ballotpedia.org/Mayoral_election_in_New_York,_New_York_(2021). For additional information on M/WBE events, issues, and initiatives, please visit: https://mwbegovtek.nyc/. To watch the fully recorded event, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o3sftz_ak8