Hempstead Town Announces Proposal Granting Local And Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses Preference To Public Contracts

Published On: 2018-07-16 18:55:29

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(Levittown, NY) July 16, 2018 – Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen joined with Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana and local veterans at American Legion Post 1711 in Levittown to announce a proposal granting local veteran owned small businesses and local service-disabled veteran owned businesses preference in the awarding of public contracts in the Town of Hempstead.

The proposal seeks to expand the participation of local veteran and disabled veteran owned small businesses in the county’s economy by granting them a preference to the Town of Hempstead’s contracting opportunities over non-local bidders.

The local preference policy would grant local veteran-owned small businesses located in Nassau County that submit a bid within 7.5% of the next overall lowest bidder, when the lowest bidder is an entity located outside of Nassau County, preference in the awarding of local Town contracts.

“We are aiming to expand opportunities, and in many cases help ease the transition to civilian life for our brave service men and women,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Service to our country deserves to be rewarded.”

“As a Vietnam Veteran and a town councilman, I am always looking for ways in which to help those who have answered the call of duty,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne. “I am proud that this initiative gives back to our veterans who have done so much to protect us, and I look forward to providing an opportunity for local veteran-owned businesses to work with the Town of Hempstead.”

“I’d like to thank Supervisor Laura Gillen and the entire Board for putting forth this important resolution affecting our veteran community,” said Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana. “The Town of Hempstead is once again leading the charge for our veterans and their families.”

Local veteran and disabled veteran business enterprises will have to be registered with the federal or state government and show proof of registration.

There are over 75,000 veterans, and over 11,000 veteran owned firms, who call Nassau County home.

Levittown, an unincorporated community in the Town of Hempstead – America’s largest township – was the first home for many veterans and their families after World War II due to the availability of affordable homes and government sponsored financial incentives designed to support veterans.

“The Town has a proud tradition of helping our service men and women once they return home,” said Supervisor. “In keeping with the Town’s longstanding values, we will continue to honor and help support our local veterans whenever possible.”