Newsletter

Affairs and Appointments – March 16, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Investigations Commissioner Gill Hearn Announce $500 Million Payment by Prime Citytime Contractor SAIC to Settle City’s Claims
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Cruise Industry Generated a Record High Economic Impact of $239 Million in 2011 for New York City
  • Council Votes to Improve Transparency and Oversight of City Contracts
  • Rudin West Village Development Proposal Approved With Major Victories For Community

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Passage of Major Pension Reform
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Passage of Constitutional Amendment and Legal Statute That Permanently Reforms Redistricting Process
  • Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Silver Announce Agreement on Historic Teacher Evaluation Law
  • Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos, and Speaker Silver Announce Landmark Agreement to Begin Process of Amending State Constitution to Allow Casino Gaming in New York
  • Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 25,000 New Yorkers Have Been Hired in the Last Four Months Using the State’s “Jobs Express” Website
  • Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Silver Announce Historic Agreement on Expansion of DNA Databank
  • New York City Financial Position Improves But Risks Remain
  • Assembly 2012-13 Budget Proposal Builds Ladder To Economic Security by Increasing School Aid, Providing More Funding for Community Colleges And Cutting Taxes for Working Families
  • Legislature Elects a New Member and Re-Elects Two Others to the Board of Regents

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Springfield Gardens Industrial Park

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 3/19 – 3/23


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Investigations Commissioner Gill Hearn Announce $500 Million Payment by Prime CityTime Contractor SAIC to Settle City’s Claims
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn announced that Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will pay more than $500 million to the United States government in settlement of charges that SAIC engaged in fraud resulting in cost overruns to implement the City’s computerized timekeeping system, CityTime. Of the $500 million payment, the United States government will remit $466 million to the City to compensate the City for its losses resulting from SAIC’s fraud and, as part of this settlement, SAIC has agreed to waive more than $40 million still owed by the City to SAIC in connection with the CityTime project, bringing the total value of the settlement to more than $500 million for the City. Since 2000 when SAIC contracted with the City, the City has paid approximately $589 million to SAIC in connection with CityTime, and this settlement will compensate the City for the fraudulent overcharges associated with the project. In June, Mayor Bloomberg wrote to SAIC to request that the City, as the victim of a crime, be reimbursed for the entire cost of the today’s settlement, combined with funds already frozen or recouped, results in the City being reimbursed for most of the costs of the project. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Cruise Industry Generated a Record High Economic Impact of $239 Million in 2011 for New York City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the cruise industry generated a total economic impact of $239 million for New York City in 2011 – a new record. The 2011 Economic Impact Study detailed an increase of nearly 50,000 passengers from 2010, to over 632,000 combined embarking and transit passengers in 2011. These passengers, along with crew, spent approximately $149.8 million in New York City in 2011. Overall, the study showed significant growth in all sectors of the City’s cruise industry with an 11 percent increase in ship calls, a 9 percent increase in passengers, and a 3 percent increase in spending over the previous year. The findings confirm that cruising continues to be an important component of the City’s tourism industry, which reached its goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors one year ahead of schedule, in 2011. The City welcomed a record 50.5 million visitors last year who collectively spent $32 billion. Tourism is now the City’s fifth largest industry, impacting 320,000 local jobs. For more information, click here.

Council Votes to Improve Transparency and Oversight of City Contracts
The Council voted on a bill requiring disclosure of certain cost increases in construction and service contracts with a value of $10 million or more that are connected with projects in the capital budget. Under the Cost Overrun Disclosure Bill, the Mayor must notify the Council about project cost increases as they occur. The Council also voted to extend the Rent Stabilization Law from April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2015. The extension will help keep housing affordable for New Yorkers in all five boroughs by continuing the program. For more information, click here.

Rudin West Village Development Proposal Approved With Major Victories For Community
An agreement was reached this week by the City Council, Rudin Development and the Bloomberg Administration to rezone the site of the former St. Vincent’s hospital. The deal includes 24-hour emergency health care, a new park, increased educational capacity, and funding for affordable housing and school arts programs. The proposal was approved by the New York City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises and Land Use Committees this week. For more information, click here and here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Passage of Major Pension Reform
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the passage of a sweeping pension reform plan that will save state and local governments and New York City more than $80 billion over the next 30 years. “For years, local governments have struggled to cope with soaring retirement costs, driving up taxes on New York families and small businesses,” Governor Cuomo said. “This bold and transformational pension reform plan is a historic win for New York taxpayers and municipalities that will save more than $80 billion over the next 30 years, while preserving retirement security for public workers. Without this critical reform, New Yorkers would have seen significant tax increases, as well as layoffs to teachers, firefighters and police.” The state’s rapidly growing pensions costs are one of the most expensive mandates for local governments. In 2002 pension payment from local governments were $1.4 billion and have grown to $12.2 billion in 2012, and increase of over 650%. The pension reform plan passed by the Senate and Assembly recognizes the unsustainability of the current system and takes unprecedented steps to control growth, saving local governments and New York City more than $80 billion over the next 30 years. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Passage of Constitutional Amendment and Legal Statute That Permanently Reforms Redistricting Process
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the passage of the constitutional amendment and legal statute that reforms the redistricting process in New York State by putting an end to the partisan and incumbent-protection gerrymandering that has plagued the process for over a century. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Silver Announce Agreement on Historic Teacher Evaluation Law
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced an agreement on legislation to put the Governor’s new groundbreaking teacher and principal evaluation system into law, firmly establishing New York as a national leader in school accountability. The new evaluation system will provide clear standards and significant guidance to local school districts for implementation of teacher evaluations based on multiple measures of performance including student achievement and rigorous classroom observations. The legislation follows through on New York’s commitment to establish a real and effective teacher evaluations as a condition of the $700 million granted through the federal Race to the Top program. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos, and Speaker Silver Announce Landmark Agreement to Begin Process of Amending State Constitution to Allow Casino Gaming in New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced a landmark agreement to begin the process of have the potential to create thousands of good-paying jobs while keeping the tourism and revenue that accompany gaming here in New York State. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 25,000 New Yorkers Have Been Hired in the Last Four Months Using the State’s “Jobs Express” Website
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that more than 25,000 New Yorkers have been hired using the state’s new “Jobs Express” website since it was launched four months ago. The site can be found at www.jobs.ny.gov. The site compiles and sorts jobs located in the NYS Job Bank by region to help the unemployed know what industries are growing in their area and what employment opportunities are available to them. Businesses can also post available jobs on the site for free. Starting immediately, the website will also add a new feature listing the various opportunities for union apprenticeships across New York State. New Yorkers who are interested in the apprenticeship programs should visit http://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/apprenticeshiparchive.shtm. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Silver Announce Historic Agreement on Expansion of DNA Databank
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced an historic agreement that will make New York State the first “all crimes DNA state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or penal law misdemeanor. In addition, the bill also significantly expands defendants’ access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction to demonstrate their innocence. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli: New York City Financial Position Improves But Risks Remain
New York City’s fiscal condition continues to improve, but the city still faces sizeable out-year budget gaps because it has continued to rely on nonrecurring resources to balance next year’s budget, according to an analysis of its fiscal plan by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. For more information, click here.

Assembly 2012-13 Budget Proposal Builds Ladder To Economic Security by Increasing School Aid, Providing More Funding for Community Colleges And Cutting Taxes for Working Families
Continuing to focus on a path to the middle class for struggling New Yorkers, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Herman D. Farrell, Jr. today released details of the Assembly’s 2012-13 budget proposal that includes a tax cut for low wage workers, increased support for community colleges, and a resumption of Foundation Aid for New York’s neediest schools. The $132.7 billion budget proposal provides for no change in All Funds spending from the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2011-12 level. The Assembly plan’s General Fund spending is $55 million below the Executive proposal, with State Funds spending growing by 1.78 percent above SFY 2011-12 levels, and is $150 million above the Executive proposal. The Assembly plan closes the estimated $3.5 billion gap for SFY 2012-13 in a prudent and responsible manner and lives up to our commitments to increase health and education spending for the coming fiscal year. For more information, click here.

Legislature Elects a New Member and Re-Elects Two Others to the Board of Regents
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan and Higher Education Chair Deborah Glick announced today the election of T. Andrew Brown and the re-election of Charles Bendit and James Tallon to the New York State Board of Regents, following a joint session of the Legislature. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Willoughby Square Development Rights (March 30, 2012) NYCEDC, on behalf of the City of New York (the “City”), is offering to sell approximately 170,000 square feet of floor area development rights (the “Floor Area Development Rights”) associated with Willoughby Square, an approximately 1.1-acre planned public space and underground garage located in Downtown Brooklyn (the “Floor Area Sale”). The sale is expected to be accomplished by the City by means of a zoning lot merger and zoning lot development agreement with a lot adjacent to Willoughby Square. NYCEDC would also consider alternative transaction structures proposed by respondents (together with the Floor Area Sale, the “Transaction”). Respondents are not required to have ownership of an adjacent site that can receive the development rights offered for sale (“Eligible Site”). If a Respondent does not own an Eligible Site, the City expects to enter into a contract with the Respondent wherein the City would agree to the Transaction for the benefit of Respondent’s qualified designee, or, with the Respondent if it acquires an Eligible Site. All proposals must compensate NYCEDC and the City up-front for the fair market value of the Transaction, as confirmed by independent appraisal. For more information, click here.

Emergency Management Consulting and Training Services (April 2, 2012) – The Corporation is seeking to enter into an agreement for a period ending July 31, 2013 with a vendor that has demonstrated expertise and extensive experience in Emergency Management regulatory requirements, Emergency Operation Plan development, training and exercising. The vendor will be selected based on a thorough analysis of the company`s ability in achieving the Corporation`s goals and ability to meet the deliverables and timeframe outlined within this RFP. For more information, click here.

Final Design Services (April 3, 2012) – HWK614D, For the Reconstruction of Bergen Avenue Area, Borough of Brooklyn, You can download the Request for Proposal at http://ddcftp.nyc.gov/rfpweb/ from March 7, 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.

Springfield Gardens Industrial Park (April 5, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide construction inspection and resident engineering services for the Springfield Gardens Residential Area – Phase D2 Construction. Phase D2 is approximately 68 acres in size and is defined primarily by the residential R3-2 (Medium Density) zoned areas south of South Conduit Avenue, the southernmost of which is 149th Avenue, the westernmost of which is Springfield Boulevard, and the easternmost of which is 224th Street. The proposed project includes the installation of new drainage infrastructure, upgrading existing sanitary sewers and water mains as well as the reconstruction of streets. The system will include three (3) proposed Constructed Stormwater Wetlands – Best Management Practices (BMPs) that would serve to cleanse the storm water before discharging into the natural wetland systems. For more information, click here.

Operation of a Free Concert Series and a Maximum of Six (6) Kiosks (April 12, 2012) – At Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx.
There will be a recommended proposer meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm. 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.

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.

NY/NY III Scatter Housing and Supportive SVCS (April 16, 2012) – The Human Resources Administration (HRA) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide non-emergency scatter-site supportive housing to chronically homeless single adults who are living with HIV/AIDS and who suffer from a co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness, a substance abuse disorder, or a Mentally Ill Chemical Abuse (MICA) disorder. Pre-Proposal Conference will be held March 20, 2012 from 10:00AM to 12:00 Noon at 180 Water Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.

Homemaking SVCS to Families of Persons Diagnosed HIV/AIDS (April 17, 2012) – The HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) of the Human Resources Administration (HRA) is seeking approximately seven appropriately qualified vendors to directly provide homemaker services (e.g., personal care, supervision of children,shopping for food and household items, preparation and/or serving of meals, leaning, laundry,etc.) to HASA family cases with children under the age of 12. For families with children over the age of 12, the need for homemaking will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Pre- Proposal Conference: March 14, 2012 from 10:00AM to 12:00 Noon at 180 Water St, 12th FL,New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.

Brielle Ave (May 31, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), on behalf of the City of New York, is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of all or select portion(s) of an approximately 46-acre parcel located in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Staten Island (the “Site”). The Site is a portion of the property identified as Block 1955, Lot 1 in Staten Island, and is roughly bounded by Walcott Avenue to the north, Brielle Avenue to the east, Colonial Avenue to the west, and the Staten Island Greenbelt to the south. The Site is located within the Farm Colony – Seaview Hospital Historic District. 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.

New and Emerging. Solid Waste Management Technology (June 5, 2012) – The New York City Department of Sanitation seeks proposals from qualified contractors to develop a facility(ies) demonstrating the application of new and emerging technology in the processing of DSNY-managed waste. There will be an optional pre-proposal conference at 10:00 AM, on April 9, 2012, at 110 William Street, Conference Room 4 A/B, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10038. There will be an optional site visit of the Staten Island City Provided Site on April 9, 2012, for which the bus will leave at 1:00 PM from Water Street between Fulton and John Streets, New York, NY. All written inquiries about the RFP should be submitted on or by 5:00 PM on May 4, 2012, to sdolinar@dsny.nyc.gov. A proposal submitted in response to this RFP is required to be accompanied by a proposal deposit in the amount of $10,000.00. Vendors are strongly advised to call the Contract Unit before they come to pick up the RFP. Contract books will be available on March 6, 2012. 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.

An Unwelcome Surprise: How New Yorkers Are Getting Stuck with Unexpected Medical Bills from Out-of-Network Providers

Although the nation’s health care system is undergoing reform, the persistent problem of unexpected medical bills has not been squarely addressed. The New York State Department of Financial Services (“Department”) regularly receives complaints from consumers who have done everything reasonably possible to use in-network hospitals and doctors, but nonetheless receive a bill from a specialist or other provider who the consumer did not know was out-of-network. Related complaints of undisclosed and excessive charges are particularly pronounced in the emergency care setting. Unexpected and, sometimes, excessive medical bills from out-of-network providers contribute to the growing problem of consumer medical debt, which continues to be a significant cause of personal bankruptcy. Simply put, surprise medical bills are causing some consumers to go broke. This report reflects the initial results of the Department’s investigation of these medical bills. The Department surveyed the eleven companies that offer insurance coverage and health maintenance organization (“HMO”) coverage in New York State, which account for approximately 95% of the fully insured New York State health insurance market. The Department asked insurers and HMOs about their policies and procedures for surprise medical bills, coverage of out-of-network services, and excessive charges for emergency services. The Department also reviewed more than 2,000 complaints it received in 2011 involving payment issues, seeking to better understand contributing factors to the medical bills. To continue reading the report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 3/19 – 3/23

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Health
Date: Monday, March 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Drug Abuse (Jointly with the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services)
Date: Monday, March 19, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Immigration (Jointly with the Committee on Higher Education)
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Small Business
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Standards and Ethics
Date: Thursday, March 22 2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Veterans
Date: Friday, March 23, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.