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Affairs and Appointments – April 20, 2012

Affairs and Appointments – April 20, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Port Authority Executive Director Foye Launch $250 Million Infrastructure Project to Spur Economic Development in New York Harbor
  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Wendy E. Saunders As Acting Director of State Legislative Affairs
  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Andrea S. Glick As Chief Procurement Officer
  • Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off the 9th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week Celebration
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Walcott Announce 54 New Schools Will Open Next Fall
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation to Improve the City’s Transportation Network for People With Disabilities
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Winners of NYC BigApps 3.0, Third Annual Competition to Create Apps Using Official City Data
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Holloway and Buildings Commissioner Limandri Announce Strict New Licensing and Testing Requirements for All Crane Operators in New York City
  • Comptroller Liu: Use the “Buffet Rule” to Eliminate the Unfair AMT
  • Comptroller Liu: Pension Funds Reach Agreements with Goldman Sachs and Metlife to Disclose Race and Gender of Workforces
  • Comptroller Liu Names Mark Kim Deputy Comptroller for Economic Development

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Announces Release of Enacted 2012-13 Budget Financial Plan
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Comprehensive NY-Sun Initiative to Expand Solar Development in New York
  • Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Project to Upgrade Coney Island and Seagate Beach in New York City
  • Comptroller DiNapoli: $16.4 Million in Dubious Tax Refunds Blocked
  • Comptroller DiNapoli: Audits Reveal More Than $40M in Improper Payments Made by State’s Medicaid Program

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DPR: Reconstruction of the Ballfields and Miscellaneous Site Work in Fort Washington Park

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 4/23 – 4/27


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Port Authority Executive Director Foye Launch $250 Million Infrastructure Project to Spur Economic Development in New York Harbor
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye launched a $250 million construction project to boost economic development in New York Harbor. The project involves digging a new water transmission main – called a siphon – between Staten Island and Brooklyn that will allow for the removal of two existing tunnels that are currently at a much shallower depth. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Wendy E. Saunders As Acting Director of State Legislative Affairs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the appointment of Wendy E. Saunders as Acting Director of the Mayor’s Office of State Legislative Affairs. Saunders will serve through the remainder of this year’s state legislative session. As Acting Director, Saunders will be responsible for leading the Administration’s state legislative agenda, relations with the Office of the Governor and State legislators, preparing the Administration’s response to proposed State legislation impacting New York City and negotiations on those bills. Saunders joined the Bloomberg Administration in April of 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Intergovernmental Affairs for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, where she is responsible for all of the agency’s activities in Albany. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Andrea S. Glick As Chief Procurement Officer
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Andrea S. Glick will serve as Chief Procurement Officer and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services. Glick is currently the First Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and has worked in City government since 1989, and in the Office of Contract Services since 1999. Glick has overseen the implementation of key initiatives including the Automated Procurement Tracking system, which converted the procurement process from a cumbersome, paper-based system to a digital format that has made the process faster, more efficient, and completely transparent. Glick has played a key role in strengthening the vendor integrity process, and assisting not-for-profit organizations in meeting their disclosure and other contracting responsibilities. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off the 9th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week Celebration
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama kicked off Immigrant Heritage Week at Gracie Mansion. Immigrant Heritage Week is a citywide celebration, from April 17-24, honoring the experiences and contributions of the millions of immigrants who have shaped New York City for generations. During the reception at Gracie Mansion, the Mayor announced the 2012 recipients of the American Dreamer Awards, presented to five New Yorkers dedicated to improving the lives of immigrant communities across the City. This year’s Immigrant Heritage Week will focus on showcasing the immigrant experience through film and will feature five free film screenings, one in each borough. Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Shama were joined at Gracie Mansion by City Comptroller John Liu, Laurie Tisch, President and Founder of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET/WLIW and the Educational Broadcasting Corporation. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Walcott Announce 54 New Schools Will Open Next Fall
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced that 54 new schools will open in the coming 2012-2013 school year, bringing the number of new schools opened under the Bloomberg Administration to 589. The new schools will welcome more than 7,000 students next year, and over 21,000 when they grow to full size. Evidence shows that new schools rank higher on parent satisfaction surveys than other schools across the City; perform better than schools they have replaced on the state’s annual math and reading exams; and graduate students at significantly higher rates, on average by 20 points and in some cases more than doubling that of schools they replace. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation to Improve the City’s Transportation Network for People With Disabilities
Intro 183-A: This legislation will codify the Department of Transportation’s existing Accessible Pedestrian Signal Program, and require the installation of twenty-five Accessible Pedestrian Signals every year.
Intro 745 A: This legislation will ensure that certain information on the Department of Transportation’s web site is accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. It requires the Department to post information relating to major transportation projects and the installation and removal of bicycle lanes, pedestrian plazas, and certain pedestrian signals — all in a format that can be accessed by those who are blind or have low vision.
Intro 449-A: This legislation adds text to the livery passenger bill of rights, explaining that a passenger has the right to request a wheelchair accessible vehicle and be provided with equivalent service. Adding this language to the bill of rights will help inform the entire riding public of the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s rules, helping to get the word out about this critical service provided to passengers who use wheelchairs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Winners of NYC BigApps 3.0, Third Annual Competition to Create Apps Using Official City Data
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the winners of NYC BigApps 3.0, the third annual competition for software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using official City data. A total of 11 winning applications were selected from a record 96 eligible applications that were submitted for this year’s contest. The Best Overall Application was awarded to NYCFacets, which seeks to streamline and simplify the process for accessing, understanding, and utilizing the tremendous amount of data available in the City’s NYC Open Data portal. Additional winning applications focused on simplifying trips to New York City, travel on the City’s subway system, and finding the best locations to do work around the City. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Holloway and Buildings Commissioner Limandri Announce Strict New Licensing and Testing Requirements for All Crane Operators in New York City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri announced strict new licensing and testing requirements for all crane operators in New York City to raise safety standards for crane operations citywide. Starting next month, new applicants must obtain certification from either the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, an accredited non-profit organization that develops performance assessments for safe crane operations nationwide, or an organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the American National Standards Institute. For more information, click here.

Comptroller Liu: Use the “Buffet Rule” to Eliminate the Unfair AMT
Following President Obama’s Weekly Address and yesterday’s debate on the United States Senate’s Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012, the Office of New York City Comptroller John C. Liu produced the following preliminary economic analysis of the Buffett Rule and its potential effects on New York City taxpayers.“By midnight, over 3 million New Yorkers will have filed their income taxes. It’s just not right that many working families continue to pay a higher share of their income in taxes than some millionaires,” Comptroller Liu said. “The Buffett Rule would restore fairness to our federal tax system and could be used to eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which hurts the middle-class in New York more than in the rest of the country. By contributing to a sustainable federal budget it could also provide a much needed boost to our economic future in the form of long-term economic investments in education and infrastructure.”On Saturday, April 14, 2012, as part of his weekly address, President Obama argued that “it’s wrong that middle-class Americans pay a higher share of their income in taxes than some millionaires and billionaires” and once again urged Congress to pass the Buffett Rule. For more information, click here.

Comptroller Liu: Pension Funds Reach Agreements with Goldman Sachs and Metlife to Disclose Race and Gender of Workforces
Comptroller John C. Liu and the New York City Pension Funds announced that Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) have agreed to provide meaningful disclosure of the composition of their U.S. workforce by race and gender across major job categories, including senior management. Both companies will provide annual disclosure of their workforce demographics beginning later this spring. Goldman Sachs will disclose the data in its upcoming Environmental, Social and Governance Report, which will be available on its website in June, and MetLife will publish the data to the relevant page of its website. For more information, click here.

Comptroller Liu Names Mark Kim Deputy Comptroller for Economic Development
City Comptroller John C. Liu promoted Assistant Comptroller for Public Finance Mark T. Kim to serve as Deputy Comptroller for Economic Development. Kim will assume his new role effective immediately. The new Bureau of Economic Development will streamline operations to make them more efficient and more effective – and deliver on initiatives proposed in Comptroller Liu’s State of the City address. All existing economic growth and development initiatives across the Comptroller’s office will now be under the direction of Deputy Comptroller Kim. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Announces Release of Enacted 2012-13 Budget Financial Plan
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the release of the 2012-13 Enacted Budget Financial Plan by the Division of the Budget. Following the passage of the budget, the Division of the Budget releases this annual report to update the state’s financial plan. This year’s report summarizes the state’s official financial projections through 2016. The 2012 budget closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees, or gimmicks and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state’s roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs. The budget also includes key economic development and transportation initiatives, important reforms to improve government efficiency, and measures to strengthen communities across the state. For more information, click here and to view the report, visit here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Comprehensive NY-Sun Initiative to Expand Solar Development in New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the NY-Sun Initiative to double the amount of customer-sited solar power installed annually in New York, and quadruple that amount by 2013. The NY-Sun Initiative was first outlined by the Governor in his 2012 State of the State Address. The NY-Sun Initiative brings together and expands existing programs administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), to ensure a coordinated and well-funded solar energy expansion plan.
For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Project to Upgrade Coney Island and Seagate Beach in New York City
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $20,000,000 investment for a NY Works project that will allow for a coastal erosion project at Coney Island and Seagate Beach in New York City. New York State will invest $4.7 million that will leverage $15.3 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New York City, for a total project cost of $20 million. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli: $16.4 Million in Dubious Tax Refunds Blocked
The State Comptroller’s office has halted $16.4 million in questionable personal income tax refunds after finding 5,903 improper filings among those who’ve filed so far this year, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced. DiNapoli’s office audited and approved 4.7 million refund requests totaling $4.1 billion in 2012. Another 406,000 refund requests totaling $382 million are expected to be paid in the coming days. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli: Audits Reveal More Than $40M in Improper Payments Made by State’s Medicaid Program
Two audits released revealed that data problems and delays in posting information to eMedNY, New York’s Medicaid claims processing system, caused $36 million in improper payments and another $6.3 million in overpayments, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.“New York State has the largest Medicaid system in the country,” DiNapoli said. “Too many of our audits have found that Medicaid dollars are improperly spent or wasted because safeguards were not in place to catch problems. While some money has been recouped, this system must work better for the taxpayers of New York.”In an audit examining the period of June 1, 2007 through May 31, 2010, DiNapoli’s office looked at whether the Department of Health (DOH) made premium payments to Medicaid managed care plans for “dual-eligible” enrollees. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

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.

OnCall 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.

Reconstruction of the Ballfields and Miscellaneous Site Work in Fort Washington Park (May 22, 2012)Located between West 163rd and West 168th Streets in Fort Washington Park, known as Contract M028-211M(PLaNYC) E-PIN:84612B0270.
This procurement is subject to participation goals for MBEs and/or WBEs as required by Local Law 129 of 2005. This contract is subject to Apprenticeship program requirements. Bid documents are available for a fee of $25.00 in the Blueprint Room, Room #64, Olmsted Center, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The fee is payable by company check or money order to the City of NY, Parks and Recreation. A separate check/money order is required for each project. The Company name, address and telephone number as well as the project contract number must appear on the check/money order. Bidders should ensure that the correct company name, address, telephone and fax numbers are submitted by your company/messenger service when picking up bid documents. 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.

Our new feature Food for Thought presents recently issued policy or research reports which you may find of interest.

Protecting Patient Privacy: Strategies For Regulating Electronic Health Records Exchange

Electronic health information technology is transforming the health care system as we know it. Like many aspects of our lives, the medical office is going online. Doctors, health systems, insurers, care coordination systems, regulators, governments and patients themselves are demanding electronic access to health records. Near instantaneous sharing of information between and among health care providers promises significant benefits to both doctors and patients, including greater coordination and efficiency in service delivery, reductions in medical errors and misdiagnoses, and convenience. These benefits are also likely to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system more broadly. However, this step forward poses significant risks. Easily shareable electronic records threaten patient privacy, and can lead to security breaches, misuse of information, and most importantly, loss of patient control over confidential and sensitive health information. This threatens the confidential communication between doctors and patients that has been a bedrock principle of modern medicine. Confidentiality ensures that patients seek out care, and that they are open and honest with their providers. Fully informed by the totality of a patient’s circumstances, providers can render the best care possible. 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 Small Business (Jointly with the Committee on Economic Development)
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 772 Edgewater Road Bronx, N.Y. 10474
Agenda: Tour: Hunts Point Industrial Business Zone

Committee on Veterans (Jointly with the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice
Services and the Committee on Mental Health, Mental
Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services)
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: An Update on Veterans’ Treatment Courts in New York City.

Committee on Technology
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Broadband Access: Closing the Digital Divide.

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Education (Jointly with the Committee on Veterans and the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services)
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: An Update on Veterans’ Treatment Courts in New York City.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to allowing for transfer of muni-meter time.

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment (Jointly with the Committee on Housing and Buildings)
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Construction Coordination in Lower Manhattan.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Juvenile Justice
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Family Engagement in the Juvenile Justice System.

Committee on Public Safety
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Int 0834: A Local Law to amend the New York City charter, in relation to convening the New York city panel on climate change regularly, for the purpose of producing a report on climate change adaptation in New York city.

Committee on Women’s Issues
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Community-based composting efforts in New York City.

Committee on Waterfronts (Jointly with the Committee on Transportation)
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Is the East River Ferry Staying Afloat? A Status Update.

Committee on Public Housing
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Update on NYCHA’s Management of its Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Higher Education
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing RM, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – How is CUNY prepared to respond to the needs of students given a projected increase in enrollment for Fall 2012?

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Civil Rights
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.