The underwriter groups New York City and its financing authorities chose last week included the highest number of certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises in city underwriter syndicates according to records dating to 2002, said a spokeswoman for New York City Comptroller John Liu.

"Our vastly broadened outreach found great talent, including MWBEs, and resulted in more competition, greater diversity, and enhanced value for our taxpayers," Liu said in a statement.

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