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Affairs and Appointments – March 2, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces City’s Plan to Fill More Than 450 Jobs at Coney Island for Summer 2012 at Annual Job Fair
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Counselor to the Mayor Anthony W. Crowell Will Leave City Government to Become the Next Dean and President of New York Law School
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Members of New York State Leaders for Pension Reform Urge Legislators to Pass Governor Cuomo’s Pension Reform Plan
  • City Council to Pass Groundbreaking Open Data Bill
  • Chancellor Walcott Announces More Than 80 Percent of Students Admitted to One of Their Top High School Choices

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces All 62 District Attorneys, All 58 County Sheriffs, More than 400 Police Chiefs and Leading Victims Advocacy Groups Endorse the DNA Databank Expansion Bill
  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Release Assembly’s Annual State Revenue and Economic Report
  • Alan Steel to Replace Gerald T. McQueen at Javits Center

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • NYCDOE: Tutoring Service

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 3/5 – 3/9


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Announces City’s Plan to Fill More Than 450 Jobs at Coney Island for Summer 2012 at Annual Job Fair
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the launch of the City ’s recruitment efforts to fill over 450 jobs in Coney Island this summer. The annual job fair, where local Coney Island residents are recruited to work in the amusement district, are a key component of the City’s efforts to connect local residents with jobs in their communities. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Counselor to the Mayor Anthony W. Crowell Will Leave City Government to Become the Next Dean and President of New York Law School
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Counselor to the Mayor Anthony W. Crowell will leave City government to become the next Dean and President of New York Law School. Crowell, a member of the Mayor’s senior leadership team, has been an integral member of the Bloomberg Administration since 2002. He has helped lead major initiatives, provided counsel and strategic guidance to the Mayor and top Administration officials on a full array of legal, budget, management and policy issues and served as General Counsel to the Office of the Mayor. He is expected to leave City service and assume the role of Dean and President of New York Law School this spring. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Members of New York State Leaders for Pension Reform Urge Legislators to Pass Governor Cuomo’s Pension Reform Plan
The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered in Albany:
“This really is something that’s important, and I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with mayors and county executives from across our great state. Our brand-new coalition of elected officials called New York Leaders for Pension Reform represents at the moment 15 million New Yorkers, and it’s going to grow from here. We come from both ends of the political spectrum and all corners of the state, from urban and rural communities, from Suffolk to Syracuse and White Plains to Watertown.” To view the rest of Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks please visit the following link here.

City Council to Pass Groundbreaking Open Data Bill
The Council voted on legislation to create an open data policy for the City of New York. Data generated by the government should be available to the people it governs to the greatest extent possible – without license or registration – in an online format that permits access and analysis while promoting transparency and accountability. To further these goals, the Council will also consider a bill to improve public notice for rule making hearings by amending the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA). For more information, click here.

Chancellor Walcott Announces More Than 80 Percent of Students Admitted to One of Their Top High School Choices
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced that 84 percent (64,561) of the 77,137 eighth-grade students who applied for admission to New York City public high schools in 2012 have been accepted to one of their top five choices. This was the seventh consecutive year that over 80 percent of students were matched with one of their top five choices. Almost half of the applicants—49 percent (37,862)—received their first choice, 74 percent (57,215) received one of their top three choices, and 90 percent (69,746) of applicants overall received a match in Round 1. This marks an improvement from last year, when 83 percent of students were accepted at one of their top five choices, and 73 percent were accepted at one of their top three choices. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces All 62 District Attorneys, All 58 County Sheriffs, More than 400 Police Chiefs and Leading Victims Advocacy Groups Endorse the DNA Databank Expansion Bill
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that all 62 County District Attorneys, all of the state’s 58 County Sheriffs, more than 400 New York State Police Chiefs, and leading victims’ advocacy groups have endorsed the DNA Databank Expansion bill, which will help solve more crimes, prevent crimes, bring justice to victims and exonerate innocent New Yorkers. For more information, click here.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Release Assembly’s Annual State Revenue and Economic Report
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr., unveiled the Assembly Majority’s annual Revenue and Economic Reports for New York State. These documents are critical to the Assembly’s understanding of the economy and the house’s ability to work with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate towards reaching an agreement on a timely and fiscally prudent budget for New Yorkers. The Revenue Report projects All Funds at $132.165 billion for SFY 2011-12, a decrease of $1.153 billion from the prior year and $142 million below the Executive’s estimates. For SFY 2012-13, the report forecasts All Funds receipts to total $132.9 billion, an increase of $754 million from the previous year, which reflects the loss of $2 billion in federal funds. The Assembly’s estimates for All Funds receipts are $195 million higher than the Executive’s forecast. For more information, click here.

Alan Steel to Replace Gerald T. McQueen at Javits Center
Alan Steel, a 30-year show management executive and former UK trade development official, will be hired as a replacement for Gerald T. McQueen at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York. The Board intends to appoint Mr. Steel to the position of President & CEO of the center upon satisfaction of citizenship and residency requirements. In the interim period, Mr. Steel will act as a consultant to the center advising on management of the center and providing strategic development direction to the Board of Directors and the executive staff. Mr. Steel will begin his duties on March 29, 2012. Mr. McQueen, who announced his resignation in October 2011, had agreed to stay on in his capacity as President until a successor was found. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

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

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

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

Tutoring Service (March 7, 2012) –The Department of Education (DOE), Division of Contracts and Purchasing, has been asked for approval to enter into a contract with Blue Engine, Inc. for a term of 8/1/11 through 6/30/12, at a total contract cost not-to-exceed $68,575. Blue Engine provides full-time tutoring services to high school students and support for classroom teachers in an effort to accelerate academic achievement and prepare students for college success. This contract will allow Mott Hall Bronx High School to continue to provide tutoring services to approximately eighty 9th grade students in Algebra and English/Language Arts. Other organizations interested in providing these services to the DOE in the future are invited to indicate their ability to do so in writing to Jay G. Miller at 65 Court Street, Room 1201, Brooklyn, New York 11201. For more information, click here.

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

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

Enhanced Education Training Program for Drivers Regulated by the NYC TLC (March 15, 2012) The RFP can be obtained from the office of the Agency Chief Contracting Officer between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except holidays, at 33 Beaver Street – 22nd Floor, New York, New York 10004 or via the City Record website: http://www.nyc.gov/cityrecord (click on “Visit the City Record On-line (CROL),” then on “Search Procurement Notices.” Search using the PIN listed at the top of this page. You must register with the site in order to download the RFP.) All parties who obtain the RFP package – electronically or otherwise – must provide: the organization’s name, address, telephone number, fax number, a contact person, and that person’s e-mail address. RFP packages will not be distributed without the above information.) For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Bad English

Between 2005 and 2009, the number of foreign-born residents in New York State grew by nearly 5 percent, building on a consistent tide of new immigration to New York over the past quarter-century. While just under half of the 181,000 new immigrants between 2005 and 2009 settled in New York City, many of the largest spikes occurred elsewhere in the state—with Albany, Erie, Onondaga, Dutchess and Rockland counties all experiencing double-digit gains in their foreign-born populations during this period. This latest wave of immigration has brought significant benefits to the state. The new arrivals have replenished lost population in many communities, provided an entrepreneurial spark and served as a growing part of the labor force. But while these new New Yorkers are becoming increasingly critical to the state’s economic future, New York is not leveraging their full potential. To continue reading the report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 3/5 – 3/9

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Finance (Jointly with the Committee on Contracts)
Date: Monday, March 5, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Contracts
Date: Monday, March 5, 2012
Time: 12:45 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Monday, March 27, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Steinman Building
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Agenda: Tour: The Grove School of Engineering at City College.

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services (Jointly with the Committee on Health, the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Oversight and Investigations)
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Land Use (Jointly with the Committee on Technology)
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Higher Education
Date: Friday, March 9, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.