Issuers of state-backed debt in New York should change their criteria to eliminate barriers of entry to minority- and women- owned underwriting firms, a task force announced yesterday.

Paul Williams Jr., chairman of New York's task force on minority- and women-owned underwriting and financial services firms, said that the proposed changes "will bring new firms with new ideas with new energy to this marketplace and make New York State the leader in the use of MWBE firms."

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