- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Comptroller Scott Stringer is giving most New York City government agencies poor marks when it comes to contracting with women- and minority-owned businesses.

Stringer said on Wednesday that those firms only account for 3.9 percent of contracts with city agencies in the fiscal year that ended in June.

That fiscal year was split between two mayors, Michael Bloomberg and the current incumbent Bill de Blasio.

He said it was a “tragedy” that those businesses aren’t getting more work.

De Blasio said later that the city would improve.

But Stringer also criticized de Blasio for bypassing the City Council by signing an executive order on Tuesday to increase the city’s living wage rate.

De Blasio defended the decision and downplayed any suggestion of a rift with Stringer, a fellow Democrat.

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