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Litigation department chair, James P. Youngs, further discusses New York’s complex MWBE program.

She’s on verge of WBE certification after 5 years, $40K in legal fees.

“Dana Scherzi, CEO of an information technology company in upstate New York, won a court case Sept. 30 against the state after she was denied certification as a woman-owned business – a rejection many others have experienced in recent years.

But even with the unanimous ruling from a five-judge appeals panel, Scherzi isn’t convinced she will ultimately get the certification she’s been seeking since 2016 from the state Division of Minority and Woman Business Development.

“I don’t trust them,” Scherzi said. “There was no reason for it to get this far in the first place.”

The state is reviewing the ruling by the Appellate Division’s Third Department and has no comment at this time, according to a spokeswoman.”

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