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Affairs and Appointments – January 13, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Delivers 2012 State of the City Address
  • New York City Council Announces New York City Living Wage Legislation
  • Mayor Bloomberg Opens New Headquarters for Seamless, Digital Service for Ordering Delivery and Takeout Food
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Announce Hiring of 898 New Police Recruits
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Launch Online ‘NYC Street Closures’ Map
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Opening of First Small Business Incubator in the Bronx, Part of City’s Network of Affordable Office Space Designed to Foster Innovation and Create Jobs
  • City Council Launches Restaurant Inspection Survey

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • SCA: Site Acquisition and SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) Services
    • OMB: FY 2013 New York City Capital Funding
    • DCA: Cultural Development Fund
    • CUNY: NYC Justice Corps Program Expansion
    • SBS: Outcome-Focused Services and Assistance to Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs at NYC Business Solutions Centers (“BSCS” OR “CENTERS”)
    • DOE: Universal Pre-Kindergarten Services

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 1/16 – 1/20


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Delivers 2012 State of the City Address
Mayor Bloomberg delivered his 2012 State of the City address on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Morris High School Campus in the Bronx in which he outlined several new initiatives. To read or watch the speech, click here. Below are the highlights of new proposals introduced by Mayor Bloomberg:
Education

  • Attract High-Quality Teachers: The city will pay up to $25,000 in student loans for college graduates who finish at the top quartile of their college class. The money would be paid in installments of up to $5,000 a year, for a maximum of $25,000 at the end of five years of teaching service.
  • Retain Teachers: Teachers who are rated “highly effective” for two consecutive years will receive a $20,000 raise per year. The measure puts pressure on the unions to compromise on the parameters of a new, four-tiered evaluation system to rate teachers and principals in public schools.
  • Evaluate Teachers: Drawing on a provision of the teachers’ contract, the city will form school-based committees to evaluate teachers based on their performance in the classroom. The contract allows up to 50 percent of the teachers to be replaced under this arrangement. For the city, it is a bid to restore the roughly $60 million in federal grants for 33 struggling schools, which the state suspended in New York City and nine other school districts because they failed to reach a compromise with their unions over the parameters of an evaluation system for the teachers and principals working in those schools. The evaluation system is a requirement of the grants.
  • More Schools, More Choices: The city will continue its charge to replace large, failing schools with smaller schools by phasing out another 25 schools this year and opening 100 new schools — including 50 new charter schools — over the next two years. The city has asked charter operators Mr. Bloomberg defined as “our most successful” to expedite their expansion plans and will move to recruit similar networks that do not have a presence in New York.
  • College and Careers: The city will open at least 12 new career and technical schools and programs within the next two years, offering training in skills aligned with the demands of the global economy, in areas including computer science and health care. It will give extra money, from private sources, to help 40 schools that have shown success graduating young black and Latino men. (The schools have not yet been selected.) It will also expand partnerships between schools and private companies, similar to a partnership with IBM that led to the opening this year of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn.
  • Financial Aid: Under a partnership with the Obama administration, the city will help high school graduates who would have qualified for federal financial aid, but did not apply, to turn in their applications. It also intends to lead the charge for passage of the New York State Dream Act, which would give qualified high school graduates who are illegal immigrants to apply for state-sponsored college loans, grants and scholarships.

Law Enforcement

  • Commission to Combat Police Corruption: Bloomberg said he will increase attorney staffing for the Commission to Combat Police Corruption, a small city agency that monitors the police department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
  • Technology Investment: Bloomberg announced that the NYPD’s counter-terrorism program will add more than 1,000 advanced cameras to sensitive areas, deploy more License Plate Readers to bridges and tunnels, expand the use of radiation detectors and launch a new date analytics team.

Business and Economy

  • Kingsbridge Armory: Mayor Bloomberg announced that the City will re-issue the RFP for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.
  • Increase of Minimum Wage: Bloomberg said he would join with Assembly Speaker Silver in pushing for a responsible raise in the minimum wage.
  • New Development Projects: In addition to Kingsbridge, Bloomberg cited regulatory incentives to attract new investment around Grand Central, create affordable studio space for artists and start construction on Eastchester Mall at Bay Plaza.
  • Business Incubators: Bloomberg proposed the creation of new business incubators including programs for the film and television industry, foreign entrepreneurs and low-income entrepreneurs.
  • Veterans Programs: With the help of the Robin Hood Foundation, Bloomberg pledged new services to help 9,000 unemployed veterans at the City’s Workforce One Centers. He also announced a partnership with Urban American to attract more private landlords to the rental discount programs.
  • Workforce One Expansion: Bloomberg announced that he will create four new Workforce One Centers, in all three public library systems.
  • Partnership to Build NYC: A partnership with the real estate industry to strengthen safety, reduce waiting times for building inspections citywide and streamline City Planning’s review of land use applications.

Transportation

  • Bike Share: The Mayor touted his plan to install the largest bike share in North America next summer, and promised a new effort to enforce the law for delivery riders.
  • Safety Hot Spots: The mayor promised more traffic agents at “safety hot spots,” and said he’d double the number of slow-speed 20 mph zones around schools.
  • Select Bus Service: Bloomberg also restated the administration’s plan to bring so-called “select bus service” – rapid buses, on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.

Public Health & Environment

  • Environmental Improvements: Bloomberg announced that he will increase recycling in schools, expand the city’s plastics recycling program, turn wastewater into renewable energy and explore the possibility of cleanly converting trash into renewable energy.
  • Building Sustainability: To attack air pollution, the City will overhaul the city’s air quality codes, green its building and zoning codes and accelerate its work with property owners to phase-out dirty heating oils.

New York City Council Announce New York City Living Wage Legislation
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Members announced an agreement to introduce the New York City Living Wage Legislation. The bill to require higher wages would cover only employees working for developers who get city tax breaks and not the retail tenants at their projects. To read Speaker Quinn’s remarks and learn more about the bill, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Opens New Headquarters for Seamless, Digital Service for Ordering Delivery and Takeout Food
Mayor Bloomberg joined Seamless, the nation’s leading digital service for ordering delivery and takeout food from thousands of top restaurants, to announce the opening of its New York City headquarters. The 28,000-square-foot office, located at 1065 Avenue of the Americas at 40th Street overlooking Bryant Park, is home to more than 140 of the company’s 240 total employees including the executive team, engineers, the marketing team, customer support and sales. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Announce Hiring of 898 New Police Recruits
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg andPoliceCommissioner Raymond W. Kelly presided over a swearing-in ceremony for 898 New York City Police Department recruits who will begin official training at the NYPD Police Academy in Manhattan on Thursday, with graduation in July. Members of the January 2012 class were born in 44 different countries; 58 have previous military service – 28 serving in Iraq or Afghanistan; 39 percent of the recruits hold bachelor’s degrees and 23 have earned advanced degrees. Mayor Bloomberg administered the oath of office to the new class inside Colden Auditorium at Queens College. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Launch Online ‘NYC Street Closures’ Map
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn launched NYC Street Closures, the City’s new online mapping application for displaying street closure information across the five boroughs. The tool, available on NYC.gov, provides details about current and planned full street closures obstructing normal vehicular traffic due to road work, street fairs, block parties, special events or parades, and allows users to conduct searches based on date, time, and location. Created by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), the Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management (CECM), the Department of Transportation (DOT), in conjunction with City Council Consumer Affairs Committee Chair Daniel Garodnick, NYC Street Closures leverages the innovative NYCityMap platform common across many City mapping applications, and complies with Local Law 32 of 2011, passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Bloomberg last May. The idea for adding street closure information to the map was first introduced by Speaker Quinn in her 2011 State of the City address. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Opening of First Small Business Incubator in the Bronx, Part of City’s Network of Affordable Office Space Designed to Foster Innovation and Create Jobs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the opening of the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, the first City-sponsored business incubator to be located in the Bronx. The Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, which is housed in the historic BankNote Building at 890 Garrison Avenue in Hunts Point, will ultimately accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs from the Bronx and across New York City over the next three years, and will further the City’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation across a variety of sectors.The nearly 11,000-square-foot space will provide approximately 180 workspaces – comprised of virtual offices, and physical on-demand co-working spaces, dedicated individual or team spaces, conference rooms, classrooms and common spaces – all wired to support the latest digital and video technology, and will assist startup businesses and entrepreneurs across various industries including finance, new media, technology, green finance and technology, biomedicine, and healthcare. The New York City Economic Development Corporation provided a $250,000 grant in order to establish the incubator, which is the eighth to open as part of the City’s growing network of incubators. For more information, click here.

City Council Launches Restaurant Inspection Survey
As part of the City Council’s oversight of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and in response to mounting concerns raised by city restaurateurs regarding the restaurant inspection process, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Health Committee Chair Maria del Carmen Arroyo announced the launch of a comprehensive restaurant inspection survey. City restaurant owners and operators are urged to participate in this Council effort to gather information on food safety inspections, with particular emphasis on the recently implemented letter grading system and its impact on city restaurants. Starting, the survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/restaurantinspection. The questionnaire will also be available in 6 different languages. The survey results will provide a foundation for an oversight hearing next month, where the Council intends to further explore the inspection process and possible areas for reform. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Confirmations
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the State Senate unanimously confirmed Joseph Lhota as Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Thomas Madison as Executive Director of the New York Thruway Authority, and Gil Quiniones as President and CEO of the New York Power Authority (NYPA). For more information, click here.

Senate Passes Iran Divestment Legislation
The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran’s energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.
For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

An Academic Consortium Contract to Support the City’s Town and Gown Program (January 17, 2012) – This notice amends and supplements a notice published in The City Record from July 13, 2011 to July 19, 2011. New York City Department of Design and Construction (“DDC”) is establishing an academic Consortium Contract. DDC would manage this consortium contract as a multiple award task order/open ended requirements contract to be available to all City agencies to support the goals of the City’s Town and Gown program, a Built Environment systematic action research program (”Town and Gown”). In its first two years of operation, the members of Town have consisted of practitioners at New York City built environment agencies. As Town and Gown evolves and expands, the membership of Town is expected to include practitioners at other public owners. Thus, to the extent the procurement laws applicable to other participating public owners permit, the Consortium Contract would be available to them to support their research projects from the Town and Gown Research Agenda. For more information, click here.

Flushing 40th Road Land Sale (January 17, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the sale, demolition and development of a 2,500 square foot lot that contains a vacant, structurally damaged New York City Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) two-story building and partial cellar, totaling approximately 5,000 square feet. The parcel is in a prime location at 135-15 40th Rd., between Main Street and Prince Street, Block 5036, Lot 50 in Flushing, Queens (the “Site”). The Site is zoned in a C4-2 commercial district, which is designed for retail and commercial uses in dense, regional centers. The Site also allows for residential and community facility development. The Site is only 0.2 miles from Flushing Commons, a large-scale mixed use project currently under development and 0.2 miles from Sky View Center, the largest mixed use development in Queens, containing over 800,000 square feet of retail space. Through this Request for Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking developers to purchase the Site, demolish the existing structure, and develop the Site in order to achieve the stated goals below:
A successful RFP will accomplish the following goals: (1) Activate the Site with a context-sensitive development that considers the project’s relationship to the surrounding community and existing neighborhood; (2) establish a financially feasible and economically viable project, (3) maximize proceeds from the Site’s purchase price and tax revenue attributed to new development, and (4) expand and preserve quality jobs for local residents and maximize permanent employment opportunities for the City’s local and disadvantaged residents through participation in the HireNYC Program. For more information, click here.

Operation and Maintenance of the Coney Island Carousel, Food Service Facility and Special Event Concession (January 18, 2012) – In Steeplechase Park, Brooklyn. There will be a recommended proposer meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 11 am. We will be meeting in Room 407 of the Arsenal, which is located at 830 5th Avenue, in Central Park, Manhattan. If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended meeting. TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR THE DEAF (TDD) 212-504-4115. For more information, click here.

Rossville Municipal Site RFEI (January 18, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking expressions of interest for the redevelopment of up to 33 acres of the Rossville Municipal Site located at 2629 Arthur Kill Road on the Arthur Kill Channel in Richmond County, in the Rossville area of Staten Island, New York. The site is the largest New York City-owned property available for maritime development and one of the few remaining industrial waterfront properties available and suitable for shipping in the entire region. The site’s approximately 2000 linear feet of shoreline along the federally maintained Arthur Kill Channel and its easy access to a highway are major and unique assets. For more information, click here.

TIER II (January 24, 2012) – DHS is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate 4 city owned Family Shelter for homeless families located as follows: Freeman Residence located at 999 Freeman Street, Bronx, NY 10459; Seneca Residence located at 1215-25 Seneca Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474; Regent Residence, 2720 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10025 and University Residence located 1041 at University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452. A Pre- Proposal Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., located at 33 Beaver Street, 13th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10004. Attendance at the pre-proposal conference is optional but proposers are strongly encouraged to attend. Please bring appropriate identification for security clearance. For more information, click here.

Outcome-Focused Services and Assistance to Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs at NYC Business Solutions Centers (“BSCS” OR “CENTERS”) (January 20, 2012) – The New York City Department of Small Business Services (”the Agency”) is seeking to renew the current contract pursuant to Section 4-04 of the Procurement Policy Board Rules with Brooklyn Alliance, Inc.(”the Contractor”), located at 25 Elm Place, Suite 200, Brooklyn, NY 11201, to provide services to businesses and job seekers at the Business Solutions Center located in Brooklyn (”Brooklyn Business Solutions Center”). The renewal period will be from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014. For more information, click here.

Site Acquisition and SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) Services (January 24, 2012) – “Please see attachment in City Record Online for additional details. To gain access to the attachment, please register with City Record Online at the following link:
http://a856-internet.nyc.gov/nycvendoronline/VendorShort/asp/ShortFormInfo.asp” For more information, click here.

Consultant Services, NYC Media Lab (January 25, 2012) – NYCEDC seeks to facilitate greater cooperation between industry and academia on generating intellectual property and new research, through the oversight of NYC Media Lab, a project launched in 2009. Activities of the NYC Media Lab might include increasing research relationships between private sector and university researchers, fundraising and growing NYC Media Lab memberships, coordinating research panels and lectures, and hosting networking events – all with the goal of fostering greater local private sector-university collaboration. For more information, click here.

The Renovation, Operation, and Maintenance of the Carousels at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (January 27, 2012) – Parks is issuing a Request for Proposals for the renovation, operation, and maintenance of the carousel and snack bar and the optional development, operation and maintenance of a family amusement venue at Forest Park, Queens; the renovation, operation, and maintenance of the carousel, the optional operation of up to three (3) mobile food units and up to two (2) souvenir carts, and the optional development, operation and maintenance of children’s amusement rides at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens Parks will hold a recommended on-site proposer meeting and site tour for the Forest Park location on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM. For more information, click here.

Skyport Parking Facility and Gas Station (January 31, 2012) – Apple Industrial Development Corp. (“Apple”) is seeking proposals from one or more experienced, professional operators operate and manage a parking facility and/or gas station within the Skyport Facility located at 2430 FDR Drive East Service Road (i.e. 23rd Street and the East River) in the Stuyvesant Cove neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Respondents may choose to submit a proposal to operate and manage either the parking facility, gas station or both. A separate proposal is required for each operation. There will be an optional information session and site visit on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from Apple no later than Friday, January 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to skyportparkingandgas@nycedc.com. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFP please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to questions and clarifications will be posted by Friday, January 20, 2012, to www.nycedc.com/RFP. For more information, click here.

Environmental Consulting and Engineering Related Services (February 3, 2012) – The New York City Department of City Planning (the Agency), Studies Implementation Division is seeking qualified environmental consulting and engineering firms or teams to perform environmental consulting and engineering related services for various agency initiated land use actions pursuant to an “On-Call Consultant Contract” to be utilized on an as-needed basis. The land use actions in question are anticipated to include, among others, significant area wide rezoning actions sponsored by the Agency in one or more boroughs. These services would include. a full range of report preparation, including preparation of Environmental Assessment Statements (EAS), Scoping Documents, Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), and other related services, as appropriate. When the need arises for such services with respect to a specific land use action, the Director would issue a Task Order and the Consultant would timely provide the services in accordance with that Task Order, either directly through its own employees and/or through one or more sub-consultants. The consultant will not be guaranteed a minimum dollar value amount nor a minimum volume of work under the subject contract. This procurement is subject to participation goals for MBEs and or WBEs as required by Local Law 129. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Citizens Budget Commission: The First Priority in the New Year – Pension Reform

As 2012 begins and the New York State Legislature begins a new session, its first priority should be reform of the financing and benefits of pensions for state and local employees. Such reforms are urgently needed because (1) the relatively high cost of the current system places New York at a competitive disadvantage, and (2) these costs have been growing and are projected to continue growing, making a bad situation worse. A sensible way to change the outlook has been proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and is known as “Tier VI.” He should include such a plan in the Executive Budget next week, and the Legislature should adopt it in a timely manner. To continue reading the report by the Citizens Budget Commission, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 1/16 – 1/20

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: What the MTA’s 2012 Budget Means for Straphangers.

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 0741: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to authorizing an increase in the amount to be expended in six business improvement districts.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 0664: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to personal information security.

Committee on Juvenile Justice
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the Division of Youth and Family Justice’s Positive Alternative Towards Home Program.

Committee on Youth Services
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Overview of the Out-of-School Time Request for Proposals.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Challenges Facing Wetlands in New York City, and a Review of New York City’s Efforts to Protect Wetlands, including Local Laws 71 of 2005, 83 of 2005, 21 0f 2009,31 of 2009 and the Wetlands Protection Goals Contained in
PlaNYC.

Committee on Small Business
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Strengthening NYC’s Retail Corridors.

Committee on Education (Jointly with the Committee on Higher Education)
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Are New York City’s Public School Students Adequately Prepared for College?

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the Usage and Efficacy of New York City’s False Claims Act.