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Affairs and Appointments – April 13, 2012

Affairs and Appointments – April 13, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company Announce the Muppets As New York City’s Official Family Ambassadors
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications Commissioner Carole Post to Join New York Law School After Leaving City Government
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces City Has Tripled Its Production of Solar Power With New Panels on 10 Buildings and Opens New Offices for Tech Startup, Efficiency 2.0
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces that Department of Education General Counsel Michael Best Will Return to City Hall as Counselor to the Mayor
  • Mayor Bloomberg and National African-American Leaders Announce New National Partnership to Reform or Repeal Florida-Style “Shoot First” Laws in States Across the
    Nation
  • Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn State Legislators and Council Members to Reform Veterans Property Tax Exemption
  • Comptroller Liu: Huge Swings in Property Assessments Reveal String of Missteps by Department of Finance

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Launches Competition to Reward School Districts that Save Tax Dollars by Streamlining Bureaucracy and Increasing Efficiency
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Next Major Step in Building the New York Energy Highway
  • Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Establishing Statewide Health Exchange

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • HHC: Holiday Season Decorating

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 4/16 – 4/20


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company Announce the Muppets As New York City’s Official Family Ambassadors
Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company, New York City’s tourism and marketing organization, announced that the Muppets will return to New York City in 2012 as the official NYC Family Ambassadors. As part of the year-long collaboration, the Muppets will encourage family travel to the City by highlighting the best ways for families to experience and enjoy the many dining and shopping venues, cultural institutions, parks and attractions across the five boroughs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications Commissioner Carole Post to Join New York Law School After Leaving City Government
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Carole Post, the Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), will leave City government to join New York Law School as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. As DoITT Commissioner, Post has led efforts to modernize City government’s information technology systems by upgrading its infrastructure, consolidating data centers, introducing new online applications and services, and implementing Citywide licensing agreements with projected savings of more than $100 million over the next five years. She has also overseen improvements to the 311 Call Center, 311 Online and nyc.gov – which together form the City’s gateway to all New York City information and services, attracting more than five million users a month. Post has agreed to remain as Commissioner until her replacement is named. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces City Has Tripled Its Production of Solar Power With New Panels on 10 Buildings and Opens New Offices for Tech Startup, Efficiency 2.0
Mayor Bloomberg announced that New York City has tripled its production of solar power by completing the installation of panels on City-owned buildings across the five boroughs. The 10 projects increase the City’s total solar production to 648 kilowatts – enough to power 143 households – and will cut 205 metric tons of carbon emissions, as well as save money on annual energy costs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces that Department of Education General Counsel Michael Best Will Return to City Hall as Counselor to the Mayor
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that New York City Department of Education General Counsel Michael Best, who served as Deputy Counsel to the Mayor in Mayor Bloomberg’s first term, will return to City Hall’s bullpen as Counselor to the Mayor. Best will replace Anthony W. Crowell, who will become Dean and President of New York Law School in May. At the same time, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced that his Senior Advisor, Courtenaye Jackson-Chase, will replace Best as the Department of Education’s General Counsel. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and National African-American Leaders Announce New National Partnership to Reform or Repeal Florida-Style “Shoot First” Laws in States Across the Nation
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, leaders of national African-American organizations and others announced a new national grassroots campaign to repeal or reform the Florida-style “shoot first” laws that have passed in 25 states. The campaign – “Second Chance on Shoot First” – will focus on convincing state legislators who have supported shoot first laws to join the growing movement to reform or repeal these dangerous laws. The National Rifle Association drafted Florida’s law in 2005 and helped enact similar versions in other states, eventually bringing the total to 25 states by 2010 and those states have seen sharp increases in justifiable homicides. For more information, click here.

Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn State Legislators and Council Members to Reform Veterans Property Tax Exemption
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, joined by State Senator Andrew Lanza, State Assembly Member Michael Cusick, Council Veterans Committee Chair Mathieu Eugene, Council Minority Leader James Oddo, Council Member Vincent Ignizio and Council Member Lewis Fidler, gathered to announce forthcoming legislation to reform the Veterans Property Tax Exemption. This change, requiring State law, is essential to address the exemption’s unpredictable and highly variable value, a byproduct of the way it is designed. The reformed Veterans Property Tax Exemption would, like other exemptions, be tied exclusively to the value of the home and property taxes, rather than fluctuate according to how much the City spends on schools. As a result, veterans will be given a stable and predictable tax break that will increase in value when the value of their home rises. The Speaker announced the proposal during her State of the City address in February. For more information, click here.

Comptroller Liu: Huge Swings in Property Assessments Reveal String of Missteps by Department of Finance
Comptroller John C. Liu announced that numerous homeowners were subjected to unexpectedly high property assessments at a time when home prices were stagnant because the Department of Finance (DOF) failed to adequately explain significant changes it made to its market value calculations and, in numerous cases, either assigned questionable values or made errors. The findings were the result of two new audits released. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Launches Competition to Reward School Districts that Save Tax Dollars by Streamlining Bureaucracy and Increasing Efficiency
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of the School District Management Efficiency Awards program to reward school districts that have implemented long-term efficiency or cost saving measures in school district management and operations. The efficiency awards program is designed to help school districts create comprehensive and innovative strategies which lead to improved results for students, long-term gains in school and school system capacity, reduced costs and increased productivity and effectiveness. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Next Major Step in Building the New York Energy Highway
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his New York Energy Highway Task Force has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking ideas for potential projects from private developers, investor-owned utilities, the financial community, and others with the goal of bolstering New York State’s aging energy infrastructure while promoting clean energy supplies, jobs, and economic growth. This marks a key milestone in Governor Cuomo’s plans, announced at the 2012 State of the State, to construct a 21st century energy highway in New York State. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Establishing Statewide Health Exchange
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued an Executive Order to establish a statewide Health Exchange, a move that will significantly reduce the cost of coverage for individuals, small businesses, and local governments. The Exchange will be entirely financed by the federal government and will be instrumental in establishing the first-ever comparative marketplace to bring down the cost of health insurance. By lowering the cost of insurance, the exchange will also help more than one million uninsured New Yorkers afford coverage. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Study of Current Waste Management and Recycling Processes at NYCHA (April 16, 2012) – NYCHA is seeking Proposals from qualified organizations to provide project management and consulting services to NYCHA’s Office of Community Programs and Development to support NYCHA in further developing and implementing a new model to better ensure that residents and communities are connected to critical services. Firms are invited to obtain a copy on NYCHA`s website: Doing Business With NYCHA. Http://www.nyc.gov/nychabusiness; Select “Selling to NYCHA”. Vendors are instructed to access the “Getting Started: Register or Log-in” link. If you have supplied goods or services to NYCHA in the past and you have your log-in credentials, click “Returning iSupplier users, Log-in here”. If you do not have your log-in credentials, select “Click here to Request a Log-in ID”. Upon access, select “Sourcing Supplier” then “Sourcing Homepage”; conduct a search for RFP number 29425. Proposers electing to obtain a non-electronic paper document will be subject to a $25 non-refundable fee; payable to NYCHA by USPS-Money Order/ Certified Check only for each set of RFP documents requested. Remit payment to NYCHA Finance Department @ 90 Church Street/6th Floor; obtain receipt and present it to 12th Floor/ General Services Procurement Group. A RFP package will be generated at time of request. 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.

Periodic Assessment Program (April 23, 2012) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Division of Academics, Performance and Support, is seeking proposals to provide student assessments, related assessment administration, and an assessment results reporting technology platform. These formative tests, primarily in Literacy and Mathematics, are administered at least once per year for grades K-12, but grades K-2 are assessed in literacy only. This RFP seeks standards-aligned assessments, resources for assessments in Science and Social Studies and online assessment resources for classroom instruction. For more information, click here.

Advocate Intervene Mentor (April 25, 2012) – The New York City Department of Probation (DOP), in collaboration with the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), is seeking three to six qualified vendors to provide intensive mentoring and advocacy programming for high risk youth facing the highest probability of out-of-home-placement, as a result of Family Court delinquency adjudication. The ultimate goal of AIM is to help build stronger and safer communities, reduce crime and recidivism, and promote lifelong gains for youth involved in the juvenile justice system in New York City. The Pre-Proposal Conference will be held in two sessions, the first on April 4, 2012 at 9 AM and the second on April 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM. Both will be held at the Department of Probation, 33 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004. Attendance is optional but recommended. For more information, click here.

On-Call General Construction (May 2, 2012) – Solicitation Package can be Be picked up by vendors “free of charge” from 4/10/12 through 4/16/12 from 9:30AM to 4:30 PM.
BIDDERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED THAT THIS CONTRACT IS SUBJECT TO THE PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT (PLA) entered into between the City and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC)affiliated local unions. Please refer to the bid documents for further information. Mandatory Pre-bid Conference: 4/17/12 At 10:00 AM at:The Department Of Homeless Services, 13th Floor Large Conference Room, 33 Beaver Street, New York, New York 10004. For more information, click here.

Solicitation for Landlord Representative Services (May 4, 2012) – The General Services Department of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide NYCHA with landlord representative services with respect to the subleasing of certain portions of its headquarters/administrative offices located at 90 Church Street and 250 Broadway in lower Manhattan and, at NYCHA’s discretion, three additional office sites located in Brooklyn and the Bronx. For more information, click here.

Fashion Production Fund, Consultant Services (May 5, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) seeks proposals from financial institutions, either individually or as a member of a joint venture with one or more other parties, interested in developing and launching an approximately $5,000,000 fund to provide loans to emerging fashion design businesses based in the City of New York, and performing other related services, all in connection with the NYC Fashion Production Fund. The NYC Fashion Production Fund is one of six initiatives developed by NYCEDC as a result of the Fashion.NYC.2020 study launched by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYCEDC in January 2010. For full details on the Fashion.NYC.2020 initiative, please visit http://www.nycedc.com/fashion. For more information, click here.

Holiday Season Decorating (May 9, 2012) – For more information, click here.

Operator of Multiple Berths in New York City (May 11, 2012) – Apple Industrial Corporation (“Apple”), is requesting proposals (“Proposals”) from experienced, professional operators of berthing facilities to operate, manage, license, market, and to the extent necessary, improve, multiple berthing facilities (the “Berthing Services”) throughout the City of New York (collectively, the “Berthing Sites”) pursuant to an operating agreement (the “Operating Agreement”). 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 20, 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.

Homemaker Services (May 21, 2012) – The New York Children`s Services (ACS) is issuing the Homemaker Services Request for Proposal (RFP), PIN 06812P0001. ACS is seeking qualified providers to provide homemaking services for families residing in the five (5) Boroughs of New York. The RFP can be obtained in person at ACS, Office of Procurement, 150 William Street, 9th Floor reception area, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. The RFP can also be downloaded from the ACS website:www.nyc.gov/acs and clicking on Business Opportunities. If you obtain a copy of this RFP from any other source, you will not be registered as a potential proposer and will not receive any addenda issued after the release of the RFP, which may affect the requirements and/or terms of the RFP.A Pre-proposal conference is scheduled on April 20, 2012 for 10:00 AM, at 150 William Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.

The Halleck Industrial Development Site (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. The site benefits from its location within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, a City-owned industrial park comprising wholesale food distribution businesses and other food-related enterprises, as well as outstanding access to transportation, a strategic location within an industrial cluster, and minimal required site preparation. 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.

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.

Fresh Kills Renewable Energy (February 15, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, is seeking proposals for the long-term lease of approximately 75 acres of land on and adjacent to the former Fresh Kills landfill in the borough of Staten Island. Specifically, NYCEDC and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“NYCDEP”) seek proposals for the ownership, design, construction, and operation of utility-scale installations of solar and wind energy facilities in coordination with the planning of the future Freshkills Park. For more information, click here.

MTA Gun Hill (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”) in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 550,000 square foot property (“Site”) located at 1824 Allerton Avenue in the Baychester section of the North Bronx. Comprised of the southern portion of Lot 100 in Block 4804 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an M1-1 zoning district, which, amongst other uses, typically permits light manufacturing, retail and commercial. This is an open RFP, which allows Respondents over the course of up to approximately one year to submit Proposals for NYCEDC’s review at the following quarterly submission deadlines: 4:00 p.m., Friday June 29, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday September 28, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday December 21, 2012; and 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29, 2013. For more information, click here.

MTA Avenue I Brooklyn (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 7,920 square foot property (“Site”) located at 851 East 15th Street in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comprised of a portion of the larger Block 6699 Lot 47 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an R5 zoning district, which typically permits a variety of residential uses. For more information, click here.

MTA 99th Street Queens (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 5,000 square foot property (“Site”) located at 103-54 99th Street in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens. Comprised of Block 9121 Lot 30 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an M1-2 zoning district which typically permits for light industrial and commercial uses. For more information, click here.

MTA East 211th Street (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 7,201 square foot property (“Site”) located at 707 E. 211th Street in the Williamsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. Comprised of Block 4657 Lot 51 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an R7A zoning district with a C1-4 overlay, which typically permits for a variety of residential and commercial uses. This is an open RFP, which allows Respondents over the course of up to approximately one year to submit Proposals for NYCEDC’s review at the following quarterly submission deadlines: 4:00 p.m., Friday June 29, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday September 28, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday December 21, 2012; and 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29, 2013. For more information, click here.

MTA 351 East 139th Street (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”) in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 6,650 square foot property (“Site”) located at 351 East 139th Street in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Comprised of Block 2302 Lot 50 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an R6 zoning district, which typically permits single- and two-family houses, multi-family apartment complexes, and mixed-use development with residential space above office, retail or commercial ground floors.
This is an open RFP, which allows Respondents over the course of up to approximately one year to submit Proposals for NYCEDC’s review at the following quarterly submission deadlines: 4:00 p.m., Friday June 29, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday September 28, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday December 21, 2012; and 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29, 2013. For more information, click here.

MTA Van Sinderen Avenue Brooklyn (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 4,200 square foot property (“Site”) located at 379 Van Sinderen Avenue in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comprised of Block 3765 Lot 3 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an M1-1 zoning district, which typically permits for light industrial/commercial use. This is an open RFP, which allows Respondents over the course of up to approximately one year to submit Proposals for NYCEDC’s review at the following quarterly submission deadlines: 4:00 p.m., Friday June 29, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday September 28, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday December 21, 2012; and 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29, 2013. For more information, click here.

MTA East Houston Street (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”) in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 6,190 square foot property (“Site”) located at 19 East Houston Street in the SoHo neighborhood of downtown Manhattan. Comprised of Block 511 Lot 19 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an M1-5B zoning district, which typically permits, amongst other uses, light manufacturing, retail and commercial. The Site is also situated within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. With its prime location at this bustling intersection, the Site serves as the gateway to SoHo and, as the only undeveloped corner, is positioned for crucial transformation. 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 Solar Study: An Analysis of the Benefits and Costs of Increasing Generation
from Photovoltaic Devices in New York

Signed into law on August 4, 2011, the Power New York Act of 2011 (the “Act”) required the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in consultation with the Department of Public Service (DPS), to develop a Study to Increase Generation from Photovoltaic Devices in New York (the “Solar Study”). While the current contribution of photovoltaic (PV) energy generation is small and the cost of the technology is at a premium compared with current electricity prices, the Act sought analysis of the benefits and costs of PV, acknowledging that costs are declining and noting the potential for PV energy generation to contribute to economic development and job creation in the State. To continue reading the report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 4/16 – 4/20

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Monday, April 16, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Monday, April 16, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and
International Intergroup Relations)
Date: Monday, April 16, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Oversight – The Economic Impact of Libraries

Committee on Community Development
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers-City Hall
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Elections
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

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

Committee on Education
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Youth Services(Jointly with the Committee on Immigration and the Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services (Jointly with the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services)
Date: Friday, April 20, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.