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Many Westchester County projects are funded by the United States Federal government and are subject to federal rules and regulations. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprises program, or DBE, is a federally regulated program that provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Westchester County Proposed Federal Aviation Administration Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Goal: Federal Fiscal Years 2019-2021

Public Notice
In accordance with US Department of Transportation Regulations 49 CFR Part 23, Westchester County hereby announces its fiscal year 2019-2021 Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program goals of 0.1 percent for car rental concessions agreements and 0.02 percent for non-car rental concessions agreements. The proposed goals and rationale are available for inspection between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Department of Public Works and Transportation, 100 East First St., Mount Vernon, NY  10550, 9th floor for 30 days from the date of this publication. To receive a copy of the goals, contact Michael Swee by phone at (914) 813-7760 or by e-mail at mas9@westchestergov.com.

Comments on the ACDBE goals will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this publication and can be sent to Bridget Gibbons, Deputy Director, Economic Development, Westchester County Office Building - 9th Floor, Room 916C, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY  10601. You may contact Ms. Gibbons by phone at (914) 995-2952 or by e-mail at bgibbons@westchestergov.com.

Noticia Público
De acuerdo con las regulaciones del Departamento de Transporte de Estados Unidos 49 CFR Parte 23, el Condado de Westchester anuncia sus objetivos del programa 2019-2021 Concesiones aeroportuarias para empresas concesionarias del aeropuerto (ACDBE) del 0.1 por ciento para los contratos de concesiones de alquiler de automóviles y del 0.02 por ciento para las concesiones de alquiler de automóviles acuerdos. Los objetivos propuestos y la justificación están disponibles para su inspección entre las 8:00 a. M. Y las 5:00 p. M., De lunes a viernes en el Departamento de Obras Públicas y Transporte, 100 East First Street, Mount Vernon, NY 10550, 9 piso durante 30 días desde la fecha de esta publicación. Para recibir una copia de los objetivos, comuníquese con Michael Swee al (914) 813-7760 o mas9@westchestergov.com.

Los comentarios sobre el objetivo ACDBE serán aceptados por 30 días a partir de la fecha de esta publicación y pueden enviarse a: Bridget Gibbons, Directora Adjunta, Desarrollo Económico, Edificio de Oficinas del Condado de Westchester - Piso 9, Salón 916C, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601. Puede comunicarse con la Sra. Gibbons por teléfono al (914) 234-2952, o por correo electronico al bgibbons@westchestergov.com.


Q. What Is A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise?
A. DBE certification is governed by Federal regulations. To be eligible for DBE certification, a firm must be a small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by individuals who are citizens or permanent residents and who are also both. Under the governing Federal regulations, there is a rebuttable presumption that members of the following groups are socially and economically disadvantaged: Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Americans, Women, and any additional groups whose members are designated as socially and economically disadvantaged by the U. S. Small Business Administration. In order to be economically disadvantaged an individual cannot have a personal net worth that exceeds $1.32 million.

Q. Does my firm have to be certified as a DBE to do business with Westchester County?
A. No. Any business may compete for any County contract, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor, whether or not they are certified as a DBE. However, if a firm is seeking to perform work on a contract as a DBE it must first obtain DBE certification from a Certifying Partner in the New York State Unified Certification Program (NYSUCP).

Q. How does DBE certification help my firm get business?
A. The County reviews certain contracts to determine whether they present opportunities for DBEs. Based upon the funding source of contracts and the applicable federal regulation, DBE participation goals may be established on certain contracts. Once DBE contract goals have been established, only certified DBE firms may be used to meet the DBE participation goals unless there are no DBE firms willing or able to perform the required type of work.

Q. In what other ways does DBE certification help my firm?
A. DBE certification provides your business with the opportunity to be listed in an electronic directory of certified firms, which is used by agencies and contractors to identify DBE firms for participation on contracts. Being a certified DBE may also open the door to opportunities for growing your business by making it easier for you to market your firm to government entities.

If your firm is certified as a DBE by a Certifying Partner in the NYSUCP your DBE certification will be recognized and accepted by all agencies in New York State that require DBE certification. Additionally, your firm will be listed in the NYSUCP electronic directory.

Q. What are the criteria for obtaining DBE certification?
A. The eligibility criteria for DBE certification are specifically outlined in the governing Federal regulation at 49 CFR Part 26, Subpart D. In summary, a firm must be a small business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by individuals who are citizens or permanent residents and who are also socially and economically disadvantaged. The firm must be an independent business and can only receive certification in the areas in which the socially and economically disadvantaged owners exercise control. Firms located outside of New York State must first receive DBE certification from their home state.

Q. What is the first step for a firm interested in becoming certified as a DBE?
A. The NYSUCP is responsible for DBE certification in the state of New York and provides firms with "one-stop" shopping. To apply for DBE certification you may contact any one of the four NYSUCP Certifying Partners listed below.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
Department of Diversity and Civil Rights
2 Broadway – 16th Fl.
New York, NY 10004
Tel.: (646) 252-1378
E-mail: cgreene@mtahq.org

New York State Department of Transportation
Contract Audit Bureau – DBE Certification
50 Wolf Rd. – 1st Fl.
Albany, NY 12232
E-mail:jejones@dot.state.ny.us

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Small Business Programs
233 Park Ave. South – 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10003
Tel.: (212) 435-7828
E-mail: rhsu@panynj.gov

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
EEO/Diversity Development Department
181 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
E-mail: linda_seay@nfta.com

For more information on the DBE program or potential county DBE projects, contact:

Michael Swee
100 East First St.
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Tel.: (914) 813-7760
E-mail: mas9@westchestergov.com