Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen lauded a new town law which provides 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, passed unanimously by the Town Board, 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 now grants local veteran-owned small businesses located in Nassau County that submit a bid within 7.5 percent 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 expanding opportunities and helping ease the transition to civilian life for our brave servicemen and women,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Service to our country deserves to be rewarded.”
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. The Town of Hempstead will be reaching out to qualifying veteran owned business owners in order to ensure they are aware of the new procurement policy.
“The Town of Hempstead has a proud tradition of helping our servicemen and women once they return home,” said Gillen. “In keeping with the town’s longstanding values, we will continue to honor and help support our local veterans whenever possible.”