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A normally routine item on the Syracuse Common Council’s agenda has revealed some cracks in the city’s requirement that contractors hire a certain percentage of minorities and women for their projects.  The annual street maintenance project called the unimproved street slurry seal program seems to be falling short of preferred goals.  The city typically shells out about a million dollars a year for a company to do the work on select side streets.  Assistant corporation counsel Joe Barry says it’s put out to competitive bid, and the contract goes to what’s termed the lowest responsible bidde

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Several Central New York minority and women-owned businesses spent their Friday finding out how to get assistance or to expand their businesses becoming eligible to get state contracted work.  Regional Opportunities Expo’s are being held across the State and came to the State Fairgrounds.  Lourdes Zapata is the Executive Director of the State Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development. She says the healthiest economy has diversity.