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Affairs and Appointments – February 17, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Six Bills
  • Mayor Bloomberg Launches Four New City Social Media Channels During Social Media Week
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Technology Expert and Cornell Professor Daniel P. Huttenlocher Will Be New Dean of Cornell NYC Tech Campus
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayors Holloway and Steel Announce Launch of Compete to Win to Help Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Build Capacity
  • Mayor Bloomberg Highlights City’s Progress in Building Greener, Greater New York and Outlines Joint Effort With Business Community to Meet PlaNYC Goals at KPMG Sustainable Growth Summit
  • Mayor Bloomberg Details Six New Initiatives to Support New York City’s Fashion Industry and Announces Fashion Week Generates an Economic Impact of $865 Million Annually
  • Mayor Bloomberg Convenes First-Ever PlaNYC Summit to Help New Yorkers Make Sustainability Part of Their Local Communities
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director White Announce City Receives Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award
  • Mayor Bloomberg Swears in Twenty-Five Judges
  • Public Advocate De Blasio Rolls Out Plan to Put Pension Fund to Work Creating Local Jobs
  • Comptroller John C. Liu Appoints Ricardo Morales as First Deputy Comptroller
  • Comptroller John C. Liu Puts Forward New Initiatives For Cutting Waste, Spurring Investment

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement on Evaluation Guidelines That Will Make New York State a National Leader on Teacher Accountability
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Capitol Exhibit Honoring Prominent African-American New Yorkers in Recognition of Black History Month
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Texting-While-Driving Law Leads to Major Crackdown on Distracted Driving
  • Governor Cuomo Launches New Interactive Website as Part of Building a New NY Campaign
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order to Reform Excessive Compensation at State-Funded Service Providers
  • Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Bold Plan To Revitalize And Reform New York’s Nonprofit Sector
  • As Rx Drug Crisis Grows, A.G. Schneiderman Launches “Share Your I-stop Story” Website
  • A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlements Requiring Health Insurers to Publish Accurate Provider Directories
  • DiNapoli: Tax Collections in Line with Lower Projections

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • HHC: Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services Consultation
    • NYCDOE: Professional Development for Special Education
    • DDC: Preliminary and Final Design
    • DFTA: Professional Technical Assistance

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 2/20 – 2/24


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Six Bills
Intro 501-A: This bill requires any lender commencing a foreclosure action regarding a residential real property located in New York City to provide notice to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development within 15 days of filing the action.
Intro729-A: This bill establishes a public, online and searchable database outlining the terms of certain City contracts.
Intro 751-A and Intro 753-A:These bills reauthorize and make permanent two pieces of legislation that I originally signed in 2005: Local Laws 115 and 63, respectively.
Introductory Number 751-A: Extends the work of the Child Fatality Review Advisory Team, which reviews the nature and cause of child fatalities in New York City.
Introductory Number 753-A: Reauthorizes the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to track and report the deaths of homeless persons in New York City.

Mayor Bloomberg Launches Four New City Social Media Channels During Social Media Week
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the City is launching four new central digital media channels for City information as part of Social Media Week. The NYCGov social media channels will allow the City to effectively engage with residents by providing instant access to relevant and useful information about life in the City. TheMayor’s Office of Media & Entertainmentwill maintain each of the pages, as outlined in the Road Map for the Digital City by the Mayor and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne in May 2011. Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement at the headquarters of Tumblr, one of the City’s fastest-growing technology companies, and was joined by Tumblr CEO David Karp, Cornell NYC Tech Campus Dean Daniel P. Huttenlocher, Chief Digital Officer Sterne, New York City Economic President Seth Pinsky, Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver and representatives from Bitly, Buddy Media, Facebook and Foursquare.For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Technology Expert and Cornell Professor Daniel P. Huttenlocher Will Be New Dean of Cornell NYC Tech Campus
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Professor Daniel P. Huttenlocher, Cornell University’s Dean of Computing and Information Sciences, has been named Cornell Vice Provost and founding Dean of the university’s historic tech campus, home of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute. Cathy Dove, currently associate dean in Cornell’s College of Engineering, will co-lead the campus as Vice President, and Technion Professor Craig Gotsman will serve as the founding director of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute. Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement at the headquarters of Tumblr, one of the City’s fastest-growing technology companies, was joined by Tumblr CEO David Karp, Dean Huttenlocher, Cathy Dove, New York City Economic President Seth Pinsky, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, Office of Media & Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver and representatives from Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Bitly and YouTube. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayors Holloway and Steel Announce Launch of Compete to Win to Help Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Build Capacity
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel announced the launch of Compete to Win, a new set of initiatives to help New York City Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) compete for and win City contracts. The value of the new contracting and training opportunities available through Compete to Win amounts to more than $17.2 million for M/WBEs. Since passing Local Law 129 in 2005, the number of M/WBEs certified to do business with the City has grown from 700 to more than 3,400, with firms receiving more than $2.5 billion in City contracts. In fiscal year 2011, nearly $563 million in prime and sub contracts with the City were awarded to M/WBEs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Highlights City’s Progress in Building Greener, Greater New York and Outlines Joint Effort With Business Community to Meet PlaNYC Goals at KPMG Sustainable Growth Summit
The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as prepared for delivery before KPMG International’s ‘Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20’ Conference:
“Good afternoon, everyone. I want to thank KPMG, its global chairman Michael Andrew, and all of you for holding this conference here in New York: The only city that can claim basketball sensation Jeremy Lin… a championship football team… and a mayor who’s kissed Lady GaGa. And more to the point of this conference, it also is what we like to call the world’s ‘greenest, greatest’ city. To view the rest of Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks please visit the following link here.

Mayor Bloomberg Details Six New Initiatives to Support New York City’s Fashion Industry and Announces Fashion Week Generates an Economic Impact of $865 Million Annually
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Council of Fashion Designers of America President Diane von Furstenberg announced that Fashion Week, the iconic semi-annual event which kicked off last week, will generate a total economic impact this year of $865 million for the City. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Convenes First-Ever PlaNYC Summit to Help New Yorkers Make Sustainability Part of Their Local Communities
As part of the ongoing work to engage New Yorkers in the City’s long-term sustainability program, Mayor Bloomberg convened the first-ever PlaNYC summit to make sustainability a part of local communities. Hundreds of participants throughout the five boroughs attended the Grow Our Grassroots summit to learn how neighborhoods can take an active role in the initiatives for a greener, greater New York. City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland, Office of Long-term Planning & Sustainability Director David Bragdon, Chief Service Officer Dihann Billings-Burford and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined New Yorkers at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a series of workshops, such as caring for trees planted as part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative; using social media to motivate neighbors; and starting a community-compost. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director White Announce City Receives Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs and Center for Economic Opportunity Executive (CEO) Director Veronica M. White announced that New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity is the winner of the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Innovations in American Government Award. CEO received the award its for pioneering approach to anti-poverty programs and for sharing its innovative best practices. CEO’s successful programs are currently being expanded in New York City and replicated in cities across the country through the federal Social Innovation Fund. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Swears in Twenty-Five Judges
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg swore in 25 judges to serve in the City’s Family, Criminal, and Civil Courts. The swearing-in ceremony included the appointment of two new Family Court judges, three new Criminal Court judges, and three new Civil Court judges. The Mayor also reappointed four Family Court judges, and thirteen Criminal Court judges. Mayor Bloomberg was joined by Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs Carol Robles-Román, Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Committee on the Judiciary Desiree Kim at the swearing-in ceremony in the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank Building. For more information, click here.

Public Advocate De Blasio Rolls Out Plan to Put Pension Fund to Work Creating Local Jobs
With City unemployment stalled at just under 9 percent, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio set in motion a plan for the City’s largest pension fund to dramatically expand local investments in housing and infrastructure. In two resolutions sent to the New York City Employee Retirement System (NYCERS), of which de Blasio is a trustee, the Public Advocate called for an additional $350 million in immediate local affordable housing investment, and for a new system to help the fund seek out investment opportunities in local infrastructure by this coming summer. Industry standards indicate the initiatives could create over 10,000 good jobs across the five boroughs. For more information, click here.

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu Appoints Ricardo Morales as First Deputy Comptroller
City Comptroller John C. Liu announced the appointments of Ricardo Elias Morales to the position of First Deputy Comptroller and Valerie Budzik to the title of Deputy Comptroller / General Counsel. Morales will be replacing current First Deputy Eric Eve as he departs the office to join strategic global communications firm RLM Finsbury as Partner, while Budzik assumes the role currently held by Morales. Morales and Budzik will begin their new responsibilities immediately. First Deputy Comptroller Eve will depart the office effective February 24th, and will work with Morales closely to ensure a seamless transition. For more information, click here.

Comptroller John C. Liu Puts Forward New Initiatives For Cutting Waste, Spurring Investment
City Comptroller John C. Liu offered fresh ideas for cutting waste, spurring investment to ensure sustainable growth, and doing more to enhance the economic security of all New Yorkers – in a State of the City address delivered at the City College of New York. In addition to highlighting the nearly $1 billion in savings his office has identified over the past two years, Comptroller Liu outlined proposals and put forth an ambitious plan to battle unemployment, increase oversight of City finances, assist small business, and create a more level playing field for all New Yorkers. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement on Evaluation Guidelines That Will Make New York State a National Leader on Teacher Accountability
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State Education Commissioner John King, and New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi today announced a groundbreaking agreement on a new statewide evaluation system that will make New York State a national leader in holding teachers accountable for student achievement.
The agreement gives significant guidance to local school districts for the implementation of a teacher evaluation system that is based on multiple measures of performance including student achievement and rigorous classroom observations. The agreement follows through on the state’s commitment to put in place a real and effective teacher evaluation system as a condition of the $700 million granted through the federal Race to the Top program. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Capitol Exhibit Honoring Prominent African-American New Yorkers in Recognition of Black History Month
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the opening of a new Capitol exhibit honoring prominent African-American New Yorkers in recognition of Black History Month Governor Cuomo opened the exhibit with former Governor David Paterson and former Comptroller H. Carl McCall, two of the twenty-nine New Yorkers who are profiled. Conveying the 400 year history of the state’s African-American community, the exhibit tells the stories of prominent New Yorkers who were chosen for their significant contribution to the state’s heritage. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Texting-While-Driving Law Leads to Major Crackdown on Distracted Driving
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that as a result of the strict, new law to prevent distracted driving, law enforcement officials have issued 118,757 tickets since July 2011 for using an electronic handheld device while driving. The Governor introduced legislation to strengthen enforcement of texting-while-driving violations in June 2011, and signed the new penalties into law in July 2011. The legislation makes using an electronic handheld device while driving primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity. In addition, the Governor increased the penalty for using a cellular phone without a hands-free device or a handheld device while driving from two to three points on one’s license through changes in state regulations. From July 12, 2011 to February 7, 2012, New York State has issued 7, 495 tickets for texting-while-driving and 111,262 for using a handheld electronic device while driving. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Launches New Interactive Website as Part of Building a New NY Campaign
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a new interactive website as part of his campaign to build a new New York. The website – www.NYGetInvolved.com – will bring New Yorkers together to learn about the Governor’s agenda and to help inform the public about the latest on key initiatives. The new website features extensive information about Governor Cuomo’s 2012-2013 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, including details about the Governor’s pro-growth economic blueprint for New York. Through the new website, New Yorkers can get the latest news from Governor Cuomo on important issues and have easy access to the resources and information they need to get involved in shaping the future of their state. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order to Reform Excessive Compensation at State-Funded Service ProvidersGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order to limit spending for administrative costs and executive compensation at state-funded service providers.
“We must make sure that taxpayers’ dollars are always used efficiently and effectively to improve the lives of New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “This Executive Order will prevent public funds from being diverted to excessive compensation and unnecessary administrative costs, and will ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used to help New Yorkers in need.”For more information, click here.

Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Bold Plan To Revitalize And Reform New York’s Nonprofit Sector
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman unveiled a bold plan to reform and revitalize New York’s nonprofit sector. Announced before an audience of non-profit and business leaders, Attorney General Schneiderman’s plan includes legislation to eliminate outdated and costly burdens on nonprofits, strengthen oversight and accountability, and reaffirm his office’s commitment to policing fraud and abuse. Acknowledging that organizations throughout New York State face historic financial and strategic challenges, the Attorney General’s plan also includes several new partnerships with the business and academic communities to enhance nonprofit governance. For more information, click here.

As Rx Drug Crisis Grows, A.G. Schneiderman Launches “Share Your I-stop Story” Website
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched a new website, “Share Your I-STOP Story,” that showcases personal stories from New Yorkers who have been impacted by the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. As momentum builds for legislative action to address the problem, the site urges doctors, pharmacists, addiction sufferers and their families to put a human face on the issue, and help persuade state lawmakers to pass Schneiderman’s Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing (I-STOP) plan aimed at reining in prescription drug abuse. I-STOP connects doctors and pharmacists to a real time, online database that tracks the prescribing and dispensing of frequently abused narcotics. here.

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlements Requiring Health Insurers to Publish Accurate Provider Directories
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced settlements with eight major health insurance companies, requiring them to ensure the accuracy of provider directories posted on their websites by removing providers who no longer participate with the plans and correcting listing errors for providers who are in the plans. The settlements also require insurers to implement new business practices for updating their online provider directories in a timely manner going forward, and to pay restitution to consumers who paid more than they should have because they went to providers their insurers erroneously listed as in-network. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli: Tax Collections in Line with Lower Projections
Tax collections through the first 10 months of the 2011-12 fiscal year were in line with recent projections, which were lowered last month, according to the January 2012 cash report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Collections totaled $54.2 billion, $84.2 million higher than estimates updated in January, but nearly $390 million below initial estimates in the 2011-12 Enacted Budget. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

The following Request for Proposals have been recently issued by City and State government

Construction Mentorship Program Consultant (February 22, 2012) – The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is seeking an appropriately qualified Construction Management firm (CM) to develop a Construction Mentorship Program (CMP) under which the CM will “mentor” New York City-certified Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) construction companies so that learn and improve on the skills necessary to take on larger and more complex City construction projects. The RFP package may be downloaded from the SBS website at www.nyc.gov/sbs. A pre-proposal conference for interested applicants will be held on February 6, 2012 from 10:00-12:00 PM, at 110 William Street, 3rd Floor, EDC Conference Room, New York, NY 10038. Space constraints limit attendance to two persons per proposing organization (attendance need not be confirmed). All questions concerning this RFP should be directed to: Mr. Daryl Williams at procurementhelpdesk@sbs.nyc.gov, no later than 3:00 PM on February 9, 2012. For more information, click here.

Industrial Business Improvement Districts Development (February 22, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking consultant services in support of the development and planning of new industrial Business Improvement Districts (Industrial BID) or the expansion of existing Industrial BIDs in M-zoned districts in New York City. Proposals for areas located within Industrial Business Zones and Industrial Ombudsman Areas (IOAs) are encouraged. NYCEDC seeks to provide targeted and innovative support to the industrial community through the creation of new Industrial BIDs. The new Industrial BIDs will improve the efficiency and functioning of the industrial sector in New York City by providing unique services that are targeted to the variety of issues facing industrial communities. The Industrial BIDs will provide a sustainable source of funding for the proposed industrial districts, thereby ensuring their stability and spurring their growth. For more information, click here.

Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services Consultation (February 28, 2012) – For more information, click here.

FY 2013 New York City Capital Funding Application (February 28, 2012) – Organizations seeking to secure FY 2013 New York City Capital funds can apply for funding allocations through the Borough Presidents, New York City Council and the Administration. For instructions on cultural projects, please click here, for information on non-cultural projects, please click here.

Pick Up and Delivery of Meals (February 29, 2012) – The purpose of this bid is to provide pick up service of prepared meals from approximately 100 school kitchens (feeders) and deliver to approximately 330 schools and other DOE properties (receivers) throughout the five boroughs as indicated by Office of School Food within a specified time frame. If you cannot download this BID, please send an e-mail to VendorHotline@schools.nyc.gov with the BID Number and title in the subject line of your e-mail. For all questions related to this BID, please send an e-mail to fcastel@schools.nyc.gov with the BID Number and title in the subject line of your e-mail. There will be a Pre-Bid Conference on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. 65 Court Street, 12th Floor Conference Room 1201, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Please send and e-mail to fcastel@schools.nyc.gov to confirm attendance at the pre-bid conference. Bid Opening: March 1, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. For more information, click here.

Professional Development for Special Education (March 1, 2012) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners (DSWDELL), seeks proposals from organizations experienced in providing high quality Professional Development Services in Special Education for grades pre-kindergarten through 12 to increase opportunities for educational enrichment. Successful providers will offer a range of high-quality professional development services, coaching and parent workshops. For more information, click here.

Alternative to Incarceration Services (March 5, 2012) – For the provision of Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Services for jail or prison-bound offenders through programs that provide direct services to clients. Programs would target offenders in any county or combination of counties citywide, and may feature an alternative-to detention (ATD) component, through which community-based supervision and services would be provided for eligible pre-trial detainees whom the court otherwise would not release. Please see the attachments in CROL for additional information. For more information, click here.

Universal PreKindergarten Services (March 5, 2012) – The proposal process is intended to identify eligible high-quality early childhood providers who are willing to collaborate with the Office of Early Childhood Education UPK Field Office(s) to implement the Universal Prekindergarten Program in New York City districts with a high need for prekindergarten seats. This RFP is open to providers serving any of New York City’s 32 community school districts. However, providers serving districts 10, 12, 17, 19, 23, and sites accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) are strongly encouraged to apply. This proposal seeks vendors who can provide a consistent weekly schedule for a half day program (2.5 hours per day, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, 5 days per week for 180 days of the school year). The information received through the proposal process will be used by a UPK Field Office to award a contract to an early childhood provider who demonstrates the ability to comply with the requirements of the New York City Department of Education’s Universal Prekindergarten Program goals, objectives and regulations. The term of the contract will be July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015 and, at the NYC DOE’s option, the contract may be extended for two (2) additional one-year periods or one (1) additional period of two (2) years. Vendors with existing contracts with Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) for Child Care and/or Head Start contracts will not be invited to respond to this Request for Proposal. For more information, click here.

Professional Technical Assistance (March 5, 2012) – The Department for the Aging (DFTA) is seeking an appropriately qualified consultant/organization to provide Professional Technical Assistance (TA) in the areas of organizational infrastructure development and fiscal management for DFTA and its contractors (or “community partners”). The contractor will provide TA services in the form of workshops/seminars and organizational consultations. Contract is anticipated to begin September 1, 2012.
Vendor Source ID#78439 For more information, click here.

Admirals Row (March 9, 2012) BNYDC is seeking a development partner who will redevelop the Admirals Row Site consistent with an approved Site Plan with a total of 287,000 square feet that incorporates the establishment of a high quality supermarket to bring fresh produce and a broad range of affordable goods to an underserved market, upper floor light industrial space, other neighborhood retail, and potentially a small amount of community/non-profit office space. The Project also requires the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of two historic structures. Access the RFP from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development`s website at www.brooklynnavyyard.org/ARowReimagined.html
Failure to attend the mandatory pre-bid conference on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at BNYDC`s offices at Building 292, 3rd Floor, 63 Flushing Avenue, Unit 300, Brooklyn, New York 11205, will result in bidder disqualification. Attendees must pre-register for the conference on BNYDC`s website at www.brooklynnavyyard.org/ARowReimagined.html. For more information, click here.

Preliminary and Final Design (March 13, 2012) – HWQ724B, For the Reconstruction of Brookville Boulevard and Adjoining Streets in Brookville-Edgewood Triangle, Borough of Queens. You can download the Request for Proposal at http://ddcftp.nyc.gov/rfpweb/ from February 14, 2012, or contact the person listed for this RFP. The contract resulting from this Request for Proposal will be subjected to Local Law 129 of 2005, Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program. For more information, click here.

Pier 25 – Sailing School, Mooring and Town Dock Operator (March 15, 2012) For further details and full RFP documents please see the Hudson River Park Trust website at http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/organization/bids.asp
HRPT is an equal opportunity contracting agency. Any resulting contracts will include provisions mandating compliance with Executive Law Article 15A and the regulations promulgated there under. For more information, click here.

The Operation of a Seasonal Ice Rink at McCarren Park Pool, Brooklyn, NY (March 15, 2012) – The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation (“Parks”) requests proposals for the development, operation, and maintenance of a seasonal ice rink at McCarren Park Pool, Brooklyn, NY. Parks is seeking a concessionaire for one (1) twelve- year term. TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR THE DEAF (TDD) 212-504-4115. For more information, click here.

Consulting Services, Rockaway Courthouse RFEI (April 16, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation on behalf of the City of New York is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the Rockaway Courthouse Building, a 24,000 square foot, three story limestone and Tennessee marble building that was constructed in 1932 and is located in the Hammels neighborhood in the Rockaways in Queens, New York. The purpose of the RFEI is to generate expressions of interest from qualified development teams for ways to revitalize a historic structure and continue the redevelopment of the Rockaways. Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please visit http://www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe. Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to rockawaycourthouserfei@nycedc.com. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Monday, March 12, 2012 to www.nycedc.com/RFP. Please submit eight (8) sets of your expression of interest to NYCEDC. For more information, click here.

Saratoga Square (due May 18, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the sale or lease of an approximately 25,762 square foot parcel of land located on Block 1557, Lots 3, 4, 23, 26, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and 37 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). Through this Request For Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking individuals or organizations to develop the Site for a use that maximizes the creation of jobs for local residents, generates proceeds attributed to new development from tax revenue and purchase price/ground rent, and is contextually appropriate in terms of both design and use. For more information, click here.

Halleck Industrial Development Site at Hunts Point (due May 23, 2012) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”), is seeking qualified proposals to develop an unimproved parcel of land in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx under a long term ground lease. The parcel, known as the Halleck Industrial Development Site, is a prime, shovel-ready site for new construction of a modern industrial facility. For more information, click here.

Industrial Space Modernization (December 12, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (the “City”), is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, organizations or companies (“Respondents”) to renovate and reactivate, via subdivision, privately-held vacant industrial building/space(s) in New York City that face challenges leasing to modern manufacturers and industrial companies. NYCEDC, in cooperation with the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), intends to disburse up to $8 million from the City Council Small Manufacturing Investment Fund (the “Industrial Fund”) to incentivize one or more property owners and developers to make capital improvements related to the subdivision and modernization of their industrial spaces. Both not-for-profit and for-profit Respondents are encouraged to submit proposals. The primary programmatic goal for the use of the funds is the subdivision of large floor plates tailored to the space needs of smaller industrial businesses throughout New York City as described above. Secondary programmatic goals for the Industrial Fund include, but are not limited to:
1. Improvement of space where leasing ability has been limited due to a lack of capital investment
2. Preservation of existing industrial space at affordable rents
3. Modernization of obsolete industrial space
4. Investment in raw industrial space to make available for leasing
For more information, click here.

Non-Secure Detention Group Homes (due May 31, 2013) – ACS Division of Youth and Family Justice is soliciting applications from organizations interested in operating non- secure detention group homes in New York City. This is an open-ended solicitation. For more information, click here.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our new feature Food for Thought presents recently issued policy or research reports which you may find of interest.

Revitalizing NonProfits, Renewing New York

New York is the proud home to the most dynamic and vibrant nonprofits in the country and the world. From educating our most promising students, to nurturing the talents and creativity of aspiring artists, to providing a safety net for the neediest, nonprofits are the backbone of communities across New York. Nonprofits not only improve the quality of our lives, they also fuel the state’s economy. Nonprofits generate hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenue and are responsible for one in seven jobs in the state. Yet , New York’s nonprofits face a period of genuine uncertainty. The lingering recession, resulting revenue declines, and precarious economic outlook present unprecedented financial, strategic, and governance challenges for nonprofits. Throughout the state, nonprofits are doing heroic work to continue their programs and services as demand increases and cash flow tightens. Amid these challenges, a historic opportunity exists for government and nonprofits to join forces to revitalize and strengthen New York’s nonprofit sector. Working together, government and nonprofits can ensure that the sector not only survives these precarious times, but thrives. To continue reading the report, click here.

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