WHO WE ARE – WHAT WE DO? The Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) was created by the Nassau County Legislature and its mandated mission is to serve as a partner to the citizens of Nassau County in strengthening and building communities through programs which promote the development, advancement and betterment of economic, employment, business and cultural opportunities for the minority residents of the county and the improvement and stabilization of economically deprived areas in the county. The Office of Minority Affairs serves as a central coordinating body for county funded and county assisted agencies or offices involved in any of the foregoing purposes. The Office of Minority Affairs has the following powers and duties as stated in the Nassau County Charter:
a) Assist the various officers of the county government in improving the delivery of quality of life services such as social services, mental health, health services, public works projects involving the minority community and public safety.
b) Provide the County Executive and the County Legislature with “Minority Community Impact” assessments on budgetary actions and policies.
c) Provide access and opportunity for minority participation in county contract and procurement programs.
d) Develop and improve the county’s Women and Minority Business Enterprise programs to afford greater opportunities to participate in public contract bidding procedures as well as exploring ways and means to assure their participation.
e) Produce and publish any research papers or studies on issues affecting the minority community.
f) Provide assistance in the implementation of Affirmative Action programs in county government employment, housing and the development of an annual Affirmative Action report required by the county for certain of its state and federal funding sources on employment opportunities for minorities in the work force.
g) Administer the county’s Affirmative Action program.