Piles and piles of books can be found at the office of Attanasio and Associates in the Middle Village section of Queens. Each supports a specific curriculum. The company's president, Connie Attanasio, has been supplying city schools with books for 25 years. But she says now the Department of Education is pushing her out of business along with other small, minority and women-owned companies.
The DOE recently awarded book vendor contracts to two large companies -- one in Missouri, the other in Tennessee.
At the hearing, City Council member Letitia James says a small supplier in her Brooklyn neighborhood is being forced to shut down.