New York State Archives, NYSA_L0177-90_B1_Levi
Testimony of Leslie Levi, Jr. before the New York State Assembly's Sub-Committee on Affirmative Action, October 27, 1987. Levi argued that New York's Wicks Law protected the rights and opportunities of minority owned businesses in the state, and should therefore not be repealed. The Wicks Law was passed in 1912 to promote competition and protect workers’ rights. The law requires that each part of state construction projects be put out for separate bids from contractors. Contractors can compete to offer the lowest price for each part of the job. This allows many companies to benefit from state construction projects. It also limits the corruption that can happen when one contractor is hired to do the whole job.