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Affairs and Appointments – February 3, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Presents FY 2013 Preliminary Budget
  • Mayor Bloomberg Opens New 70,000-Square-Foot Pershing Square Signature Center On Manhattan’s Far West Side
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce Newly-Adopted Building Codes Help Put City On Track to Meet PlaNYC Goals
  • Mayor Bloomberg Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz and Center for Economic Opportunity Director White Announce SaveUSA Participants Are Expected to Have Saved Close to $1 Million Dollars in First Year of Multi-City Program
  • City Council to Strengthen Neighborhoods by Improving Quality and Timeliness of Residential Foreclosure Information.
  • Public Advocate de Blasio: ‘s Career & Tech Ed Failing to Prepare Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Signs LIPA Oversight Bill
  • Governor Cuomo and PBA of New York State Announce Contract Ratification
  • Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli: New York State’s Economic Recovery May Be Losing Steam

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: NYC Next Generation Tech Challenge
    • OOM: Alternative to Incarceration Services
    • EDC: Consulting Services, Rockaway Courthouse RFEI
    • DOITT: Design Services for NYC.Gov

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 2/6 – 2/10


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Presents FY 2013 Preliminary Budget
Mayor Bloomberg presented a Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Preliminary Budget and an updated four-year financial plan. The Mayor outlined a plan that achieves a balanced budget – closing a $2 billion budget gap without tax increases – which is made possible by the City’s years of prudent planning and spending restraint. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Opens New 70,000-Square-Foot Pershing Square Signature Center On Manhattan’s Far West Side
Mayor Bloomberg and Signature Theatre Founding Artistic Director Signature James Houghton opened The Pershing Square Signature Center, the new, permanent home for Signature Theatre designed by Frank Gehry. Spanning a city block at 42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenues, the Center features three theatres, a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, and a public café, bar and bookstore. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce Newly-Adopted Building Codes Help Put City On Track to Meet PlaNYC Goals
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced that newly-adopted green building codes are putting the City on track to meet PlaNYC’s goal to lower carbon emissions, energy consumption and waste. In a report released , the Urban Green Council celebrated the City’s progress in quickly codifying the recommendations on building construction and renovation, which were first proposed two years ago this month. Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn convened a task force to outline steps the City should take to mitigate the impact buildings have on a sustainable future. Buildings account for 75 percent of the City’s total greenhouse gas emissions and 95 percent of total electrical consumption. According to the report, the adoption of 29 recommendations will divert 100,000 tons of asphalt from landfills each year; reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide by 5 percent; lower the costs of lighting energy by 10 percent; and provide $400 million in savings by 2030. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz and Center for Economic Opportunity Director White Announce SaveUSA Participants Are Expected to Have Saved Close to $1 Million Dollars in First Year of Multi-City Program
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz and Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director Veronica White announced the results of the first year of SaveUSA, a multi-city program that encourages low-income residents to build savings. In its first year, participating residents of the four cities opened more than 1,600 SaveUSA accounts with close to $1 million in savings. In New York City, residents with an average income of $16,000 were able to build up $250,000 in savings. Eligible participants receive a 50 percent match if they deposit at least $200 of their tax refund into a SaveUSA account and maintain the deposit for one year. For more information, click here.

City Council to Strengthen Neighborhoods by Improving Quality and Timeliness of Residential Foreclosure Informatio
The Council voted on a bill to strengthen and support neighborhoods when a property in the community is facing foreclosure. The legislation requires banks to notify the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) within fifteen days of beginning foreclosure proceedings against a residential property. By providing HPD with notice shortly after a foreclosure action is initiated, this bill will allow the Department to focus its resources on providing support to more financially distressed properties. For more information, click here.

Public Advocate de Blasio: Career & Tech Ed Failing to Prepare Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow
The City’s Career and Technical Education High Schools are leaving too many students ill-prepared to enter college or the work force, according to a new report by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Path to the Future finds CTE schools are many times more likely than general education schools to appear on the State’s “Persistently Low-Achieving” list, and identifies a mismatch between the most numerous CTE programs and growing industries that will provide high-skill, high-wage jobs in the future. Mayor Bloomberg pledged improvements to Career and Tech Ed at this year’s State of the City address, the latest in a series of half-measures and promises that have not yielded results at many of these schools. De Blasio has put forward a six-point plan to align programs with the State’s fastest-growing career fields and improve the readiness of New York City’s 140,000 CTE students. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Signs LIPA Oversight Bill
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the LIPA Oversight Bill that will ensure better service and electricity rates for power customers on Long Island. The new law requires the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to adhere to best-industry practices to maximize efficiency, undergo periodic audits, and increase transparency. This new law is an important step toward improving efficiency and transparency at LIPA to ensure ratepayers are protected," Governor Cuomo said. "LIPA’s customers deserve to have their complaints addressed in a timely and effective manner, and this law will help make sure the people of Long Island are better served. I thank Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Sweeney for sponsoring this legislation."The law requires LIPA to undergo periodic audits of internal policies and procedures to improve efficiency and transparency. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo and PBA of New York State Announce Contract Ratification
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Manuel M. Vilar, President of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, announced the ratification of a contract agreement between the state and the labor union representing New York State’s University Police, Park Police, EnCon Officers and Forest Rangers. The union reports more than 95% of their members voted to ratify the contract. The ratified contract resolves outstanding wage and contractual issues dating to 2005, ensures protections against layoffs, and offers health benefits commensurate with other state bargaining units. The contract provides for zero percent wage increases for 2011-2013, a 2% increase in 2014, 9 days of deficit reduction leave, and adjustments to the health insurance premium. For more information, click here.

Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli: New York State’s Economic Recovery May Be Losing Steam
While New York State has regained 46 percent of the jobs it lost during the recession, in recent months the state has seen a decline in jobs while the nation has been adding them, according to a new report on economic trends released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Freight Rail Consulting Services for the Various Sites, Citywide (February 8, 2012) – Apple Industrial Development Corp. (“Apple”) is seeking proposals from experienced freight rail consulting companies to provide freight rail consulting services for various sites, citywide. Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from Apple no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to applefreightrail@nycedc.com. Answers to questions and clarifications will be posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, to www.nycedc.com/RFP. To download a copy of the solicitation documents please visit www.nycedc.com/RFP.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 www.nycedc.com/OpportunityMWDBE. Please submit four (4) sets of your proposal. For more information, click here.

NYC Justice Corps Program Expansion (February 09, 2012) – John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with funding from the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, is seeking 2-3 qualified community-based organizations to operate the NYC Justice Corps. Serving 18-24 year olds who reside in targeted communities and are involved with the criminal justice system, the NYC Justice Corps will engage 300 young men and women annually. The NYC Justice corps will provide participants with twelve months of services: a six-nine month intensive service phase including community benefit projects, job readiness, case management, educational programming, internships, and job placement, followed by alumni support services for the remainder of the program year. Prospective proposers must download the RFP from the following website: (www.jjay.cuny.edu/pri) For more information, click here.

Coney Stillwell RFEI (February 13, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), is seeking proposals from qualified developers and/or commercial businesses to purchase and redevelop an approximately 48,580 square foot property (“Site”) located at 2658 Stillwell Avenue on the Coney Island peninsula in southern Brooklyn. Situated just south of the Belt Parkway, the Site is a highly visible and accessible parcel positioned at the gateway to the world famous amusement area, which is undergoing an exciting revitalization and ongoing transformation.This RFEI is not a formal offering of the Site. However NYCEDC reserves the right to enter into negotiations with respondent(s) on the basis of the responses to this RFEI without engaging in further processes. NYCEDC and the City reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to withdraw the RFEI; to choose to discuss various approaches with one or more respondents (including those not responding to the RFEI); and/or to use the ideas or proposals submitted in any manner deemed to be in the best interests of NYCEDC and the City, including but not limited to soliciting competitive submissions relating to such ideas or proposals. NYCEDC and the City likewise reserve the right, at any time, to change any terms of the RFEI. For more information, click here.

Cultural Development Fund (February 13, 2012) – The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) enables qualifying cultural organizations to apply for grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs. For information on the program, please click here.

NYC Next Generation Tech Challenge (February 14, 2012) – NYCEDC, working with the City Department of Education (“DOE”), is seeking to develop a business, entrepreneurship, and technology business plan competition and mentorship program for high school students with a focus on disadvantaged students. The main components of the program will be (1) a youth team business plan competition, (2) educational workshops and exposure to technology applications across industries, and (3) mentorship from local tech professionals and university students. 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. An optional pre-proposal information session will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at NYCEDC. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by e-mail. For more information, click here.

Project Pop-Up (February 14, 2012) – In January 2010, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, launched Fashion.NYC.2020, a strategic study to identify the important trends affecting the industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings. The industry Chairs for Fashion.NYC.2020 are Richard Darling, CEO of LF USA; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P., and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe. A key growth opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to grow the number of innovative multi-channel fashion retailers based in the City, especially given the explosive sales growth of online retail. As part of this effort, it is important to recognize and promote promising nascent multi-channel retail concepts. One way to do so is through a competition to reward relatively young, high-growth-potential City-based retailer(s) with support in the form of a temporary pop-up shop, PR/marketing assistance, and business mentors, among other prizes. NYCEDC is issuing a request for proposals (“RFP”) from respondents who wish to enter into a contract to develop and execute the Program. 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.

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.

Design Services for NYC.Gov (February 27, 2012) – The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (“MoME”), in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (“DoITT”), seeks a qualified vendor to provide , Design, User Experience and Front-End Development Services to improve the visual presentation, usability, and overall user experience of the NYC.gov portal website (“Reinvent NYC.gov”). A Non-Mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held on February 10, 2012, 2:00PM at 2 Metrotech Center, 5th Floor, Conference Room 145 A-B, Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information, click here.

Non-Secure Placement Services (February 27, 2012) – The New York City Department of Administrative Children’s Services (ACS) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide Non-Secure Placement (NSP) by operating facilities for youth who have been placed into the custody of ACS by a Family Court judge as the disposition of their juvenile delinquency case and who have been determined by the court or ACS to be appropriate for NSP. NSP will consist of an array of general and specialized juvenile justice residential care programs that offer high-level and intensive clinical services for youth who need this structure. 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.

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.

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.

New York City Wetlands Strategy: Draft for Public Comment

Much of the city’s natural waterfront consists of wetlands, the biologically rich area where water and land meet. Wetlands help improve water quality, control floods, capture storm water runoff, sequester carbon dioxide, moderate storm surges, provide habitat for local and migratory birds, fish and other wildlife, and create a unique opportunity for New Yorkers to observe wildlife and to undertake other quiet, contemplative recreation. When Henry Hudson first entered the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary in 1609, he was greeted with a breathtaking and amazing display of ecological diversity and natural beauty that is difficult to imagine when entering the Harbor Estuary. Yet despite the significant loss of historical wetlands and streams, New York is still home to many critical natural areas in Jamaica Bay, Staten Island, and along Long Island Sound. Wetlands are an important component of the City’s vision for a greener, greater New York, and have increasingly been the focus of restoration efforts over the past two decades. PlaNYC, released in April 2007 and updated in April 2011, recognizes the importance of wetlands and establishes several initiatives to address issues of protection and restoration. PlaNYC committed to a study to identify where existing regulations are not protecting New York City’s remaining wetlands as a first step in the development of a comprehensive policy. In January 2009, the City published New York City Wetlands: Regulatory Gaps and Other Threats, which described the gaps in federal and state regulations and recommended the exploration of policy options for the City to fill those gaps. This draft wetlands strategy builds on that white paper by examining all threats to wetlands and proposing policies to address them. To continue reading the report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 2/6 – 2/10

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