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Affairs and Appointments – April 16, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – April 16, 2010

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson and Elected Officials Announce Agreement on Development, Funding and Governance of Governor’s Island
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Launch NYC Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES) – a Blueprint for New York City’s 578 Miles of Waterfront
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three Bills into Law
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Klein and UFT President Mulgrew Announce Breakthrough Agreement to Eliminate “Rubber Rooms”
  • New York City Council votes on Carriage Horse Bill and other legislation
  • Speaker Quinn announces major expansion of NYC Recycling program

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson announces new interactive features to Office of Taxpayer Accountability Website
  • SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher Unveils “The Power of SUNY” as New Strategic Plan
  • Governor Paterson Signs Ten Bills into Law

III. Current RFPs

IV. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of of April 19-23


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson and other Elected Officials Announce Agreement on Development, Funding and Governance of Governor’s Island
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel L. Squadron announced an agreement on the long-term development, funding and governance of Governors Island in which New York City will have primary responsibility to develop and operate the island. The newly-created Governors Island Operating Entity will be responsible for the planning, operation and maintenance of 150 acres of Governors Island. For more information, click here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Launch NYC Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES) – a Blueprint for New York City’s 578 Miles of Waterfront
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn launched the New York City Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES), a citywide initiative that will create a new sustainable blueprint for the City’s 578 miles of shoreline. The WAVES strategy – to be developed over the next nine months – will include two core components: the Vision 2020 – The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan that will establish long-term goals for the next decade and beyond, and the New York City Waterfront Action Agenda that will set forth priority initiatives to be implemented within three years. For more information, click here.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg Signs three bills into law
    The following bills were signed into law:

    • Intro 59-A (Van Bramer) – Requiring the distribution of library card applications to public school students.

    • Intro 6-A (Garodnick) – Enhancing the regulation of process servers.

    • Intro 3-A (Dromm) – Requiring the Administration for Children’s Services establish plan for children eligible for special immigration juvenile status.

  4. Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Klein and UFT President Mulgrew Announce Breakthrough Agreement to Eliminate “Rubber Rooms”
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Michael Mulgrew announced a landmark agreement to eliminate temporary reassignment centers, or “rubber rooms,” where teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence are assigned pending resolution of their cases. Under the new agreement, most teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence will be assigned to perform administrative work in Department of Education offices or given non-classroom duties in their schools while their cases are resolved. For more information, click here.

  5. New York City Council votes on Carriage Horse Bill and other legislation
    At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City Council will vote on legislation that will improve living and working conditions for carriage horses in New York and increase the rates carriage drivers may charge for rides. In addition, the Council will consider legislation on a new development project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that will create housing, commercial and public waterfront space. For more information, click here.

  6. Speaker Quinn announces major expansion of NYC Recycling program
    Package of legislation includes:

    • Expansion of Recyclable Materials and Recycling Programs – Including (a) Expanded plastic recycling (b) Expanded public space recycling (c) Household hazardous waste (d) Clothing and textile recycling (e) Paint recycling pilot

    • Changes and Improvements to Existing Programs – Including (a) Improved recycling at City Schools (b) Improved recycling at City Agencies (c) Improvements in leaf and yard waste composting (d) Replaces obsolete tonnage mandates.

    • Improved Enforcement, Outreach and Education – Including (a) Make fine structure fairer for small property owners (b) Recycling workshops (c) Residential recycling guide.

    • New Reports and Studies – Including (a) Study of Recycling-Related Industries and Jobs in NYC (b) Composting Study (c) Annual Recycling Report (d) Commercial Recycling Study (e) Follow-up Waste Characterization Studies.
      For more information on this new plan, please click here

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson announces new interactive features to Office of Taxpayer Accountability Website
    Governor David A. Paterson announced that his Office of Taxpayer Accountability (OTA) has added several new interactive Information Technology (IT) features to its website, including a taxpayer discussion page called “Straight Talk from the Taxpayer,” which allows taxpayers to submit, discuss, and vote on their own ideas to cut government spending and streamline government operations. The new features also include access to Twitter and Facebook accounts for the OTA to increase communication among New York’s taxpayers. These new features can be accessed on theOTA website home page. For more information on this announcement, click here.

  2. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher Unveils “The Power of SUNY” as New Strategic Plan
    State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher unveiled the newly developed strategic plan. The plan incorporates six forward-looking, interdependent areas of opportunity and challenge in which SUNY and its 64 campuses can serve as the driving force behind New York State’s economic revitalization and to improve the quality of life for its citizens. To view the strategic plan, click here.

  3. Governor Paterson Signs Ten Bills into Law
    The following bills were signed into law:

    • A.5873/S.4284, which will ensure that public meetings are held in facilities that are able to accommodate members of the public;

    • A.10093/S.3195, which will require State and local governments to establish rules to accommodate photographs, audio or video recording of open meetings;

    • A.10196/S.7054, which will add to the remedies a court can impose when it finds a violation of the Open Meetings Law;

    • A.775-B/S.4645-B, which will direct the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health of children between six months and 18 years of age, who are in school or day care, to provide information about influenza and the importance of annual vaccination against influenza on the agency’s website;

    • A.1138/S.4529: Authorizes the provision of certain optometric services by the College of Optometry of the State University of New York to persons receiving medical assistance;

    • A3910A/S.1535-A: Relates to the rights of a victim of domestic violence to cast special ballots if they leave their residence because of such violence;

    • A4296C/S.5915-A: Relates to public authority non-disclosure agreements;

    • A7805B/S.5461-B: Relates to the representation of children; replaces the term “law guardian” with the term “attorney for the child” to more accurately reflect the attorney’s role;

    • A8558/S.5991: Creates an exemption from certain special assessments, fees and surcharges on hazardous waste generated by or at an elementary or secondary school; and

    • S6972A/A.10065A: Provides temporary retirement incentive for certain public employees.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. Senior Employment Services (due April 20, 2010)The Department for the Aging (DFTA) is seeking up to three qualified vendors to provide employment services to older adults throughout the New York City area. For more information, click here.

  2. Consulting Services – Finance, Accounting and Auditing (due May 10, 2010)The Agency is seeking an appropriately qualified independent certified public accounting firm to provide consulting services, on an as-needed basis, to help the Agency and the City address a variety of ad-hoc situations requiring financial analysis, accounting, and/or audit related consulting skills. For more information, click here.

  3. NYC Taxi of Tomorrow (due May 14, 2010)The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), on behalf of the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), is seeking upgrades to the New York City taxi fleet to better meet the needs of passengers, drivers, owners, and NYC residents. DCAS and the TLC are seeking a highly qualified Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), or a team that includes an OEM, to provide an innovative vehicle developed or modified for use as a taxi. For more information, click here.

  4. New York City Business Solutions Center II (due May 18, 2010)The Department of Small Business Services (“DSBS” or “Agency”) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide outcome-focused services and assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs at NYC Business Solutions Centers (“BSCs” or “Centers”), including, but not limited to: business courses, legal services (through partner attorneys providing pro-bono assistance), financing, business launch, recruitment services, training funds, and M/WBE Certification. For more information, click here.

  5. Atlantic Basin Upland Programming, Consultant Services RFP (due May 27, 2010)NYCEDC is seeking proposals for the development and implementation of a public events program that utilizes the bus staging area at Pier 11 of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in the Atlantic Basin (the Site) on non-cruise days. It is contemplated that the Program may consist of a variety of commercial and/or non-profit uses such as festivals, markets, arts and performance events, and recreational uses. For more information, click here.

  6. To Provide Architectural, Engineering and Other Services Necessary to Design and Support Development of a Recyclables Transfer Facility and Environmental Center in Manhattan (New Gansevoort MTS) (due June 4, 2010) The New York City Department of Sanitation seeks proposals from qualified architecture, design and/or engineering contractors to provide the design and support the development of a recyclables transfer facility and environmental center (New Gansevoort MTS) in Manhattan on the Gansevoort peninsula in Hudson River Park. Fore more information, click here.

  7. Jobseeker and Business Services at Workforce1 Career Centers (June 8, 2010) The New York City Department of Small Business Services (“Agency”) is seeking appropriately qualified contractors to directly provide employment-related services to businesses and jobseekers as described below at up to five distinct locations.
    Employer Services provided at the Workforce1 Career Centers include, but are not limited to, direct hiring assistance, logistics and planning support for recruitment opportunities, linking businesses and their employees to training opportunities, and additional services that help New York City business start, operate, and expand. RFP can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On April 14, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items. The agenda can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF APRIL 19-23

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Community Development (Jointly with the Committee on Governmental Operations and Committee on Civil Rights)
Date: Monday, April 19
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – New York City Census

Committee on Transportation (Jointly with Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment)
Date: Monday, April 19
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Ensuring Pedestrian Safety During Lower Manhattan Redevelopment.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, April 20
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, April 20
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, April 20
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers- City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Tuesday, April 20
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining Whether There is an Impasse Between New York City and the Day Care Workers and Administrators in the Negotiating of Their Contract.

Committee on Juvenile Justice
Date: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 37 – Requiring the Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice to report on census data
Intro 153 – Commissioner of the dept of juvenile justice to regularly report data concerning the dept’s use of physical restraint, mechanical restraint, and room confinement, injuries to children and allegations of child abuse and neglect.

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with Committee on Governmental Operations)
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 118 – Requiring the mayor’s office of operations to develop and disseminate a business owner’s bill of rights.

Committee on Higher Education
Date: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining Child Care Services at CUNY.

Committee on Education
Date: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – DOE’s Rubber Rooms

Committee on Veterans (Jointly with the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services)
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the Veterans Treatment Court Model.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – How will the Cultural Data Project Impact the Arts in New York City?

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Agenda to be announced