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Affairs and Appointments – April 22, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – April 22, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Presents an Update to PlaNYC: a Greener, Greater New York
  • Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground On Williamsburg Brownfield Cleanup in Nation’s First Municipally-Run Brownfield Cleanup Program
  • Mayor Bloomberg Opens “Scream Zone” Amusement Park in Coney Island
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Racketeering Suit Against Out-of-State Internet Ring and City Bootleggers for Illegal Cigarette Sales
  • Public Advocate De Blasio Talks about recycling “E-Waste”

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Members of SAGE Commission to Modernize and Right-Size State Government
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Proposes Budget Reforms to Prevent Budget Gimmicks and Increase Transparency

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • NYCWB: Operational Efficiencies RFP
    • NYCHA: Community Organization Consultant for Green Communities
    • DOE: Arts Education Services

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 4/25 – 4/29


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Presents an Update to PlaNYC: a Greener, Greater New York

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented an update to PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York that assessed the progress of PlaNYC since its launch four years ago and charted a new direction for the City’s future. The update was presented at the Harlem Stage, a performing arts venue inside Harlem’s Gatehouse, part of the Croton reservoir system built in 1890 and still in-service as part of New York’s water supply network today. The update to PlaNYC is the culmination of a year of work that began on Earth Day 2010 that included 48 public meetings with over 220 groups, yielding almost 1,000 ideas, suggestions and feedback. For more information, click here, to download the report, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground On Williamsburg Brownfield Cleanup in Nation’s First Municipally-Run Brownfield Cleanup Program

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens, Mayor’s Sustainability Director David Bragdon and Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) Director Daniel Walsh today announced the start of a cleanup and redevelopment of a vacant lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The cleanup and redevelopment are occurring because of the PlaNYC New York City Brownfield Cleanup Program, the first municipally-run brownfield cleanup program in the nation. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Opens “Scream Zone” Amusement Park in Coney Island

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Central Amusement International opened “Scream Zone,” a new amusement park in Coney Island featuring four cutting-edge thrill rides that will operate alongside the year-old Luna Park. The amusement parks, both operated by Central Amusement International, are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer to Coney Island, which was rezoned by the City in 2009 as part of an area wide revitalization plan. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Racketeering Suit Against Out-of-State Internet Ring and City Bootleggers for Illegal Cigarette Sales

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner of Finance David M. Frankel, and Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo announced a lawsuit filed by the City in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York against a Kentucky-centered ring of individuals and companies and their New York City customers that operated over the Internet to serve as significant sources of bootlegged, non-taxed cigarettes in New York City. For more information, click here.

Public Advocate De Blasio Talks about recycling “E-Waste”

Today is Earth Day and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is encouraging every New Yorker to take advantage of new services to safely dispose of old electronics. As the author and lead sponsor of the first law by a major U.S. city to create a recycling program for electronic waste, Public Advocate de Blasio has assembled a simple guide to recycling electronics, including e-waste recycling events in neighborhoods across the city. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Members of SAGE Commission to Modernize and Right-Size State Government

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo named members of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission to modernize and right-size state government, improve performance, increase accountability and save taxpayers’ money. The Governor proposed SAGE in January and it was recently passed in the state budget. SAGE is the first major redesign of state government since Governor Alfred E. Smith in 1927. Governor Cuomo named Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eastman Kodak Company, to serve as Co-Chair of SAGE with Paul Francis, the Director of Agency Redesign and Efficiency. For more information and to see the list of members, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Proposes Budget Reforms to Prevent Budget Gimmicks and Increase Transparency

Sounding the call for fiscal reform, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli renewed his appeal for series of actions to prohibit the use of gimmicks to balance the state budget, increase transparency in the state’s budget process and force the state to plan for long-term fiscal solvency. DiNapoli’s reforms would require the state to address out-year budget gaps and attain multi-year budget balance, align spending with available resources, limit debt, curb the use of fiscal gimmicks and publicly negotiate the budget. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

GSD Consulting Services to Assist NYCHA in Developing Homeownership Program (due May 2, 2011) – NYCHA is issuing this solicitation to invite qualified firms to submit proposals to perform outreach services to existing FHA tenants to identify tenants interested in purchasing their home, assist tenants to obtain mortgages and provide homeownership counseling. For more information, click here.

Civic Engagment (due May 4, 2011) – The Department for the Aging (DFTA) seeks a vendor to match retirees 55 years of age or older with New York City agencies that have specific, time-limited projects that will benefit from their expertise. The contract is anticipated to begin July 1, 2011. For more information, click here.

East Midtown Waterfront Park and Esplanade RFP (due May 9, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide engineering, design, and planning services for the East Midtown Waterfront Esplanade and Greenway Project (the “Project”). For more information, click here.

Arlington Yard RFEI (due May 11, 2011) – seeking expressions of interest for the use of all or any portion of an approximately 9-acre parcel of land located within the Arlington Railyard in Staten Island, NY. The Site is zoned for rail freight and industrial uses, offers exceptional access to local and continental rail and road networks, and sits immediately across from Howland Hook Marine Terminal, a major deep water container port. For more information, click here.

Renovation, Operation and Maintenance of the Carousels at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (due May 13, 2011)– Request for Proposals for the Renovation, Operation, and Maintenance of the Carousel and Snack Bar and the Optional Development, Operation and Maintenance of a Family Amusement Venue at Forest Park, Queens, and the Renovation, Operation, and Maintenance of the Carousel and Operation of Three (3) Mobile Food Units and Two (2) Souvenir Carts at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens. For more information, click here.

Teen Action Program (May 13, 2011) – Through this RFP, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is seeking appropriately qualified organizations to deliver Teen ACTION programs to school students enrolled in Grades 7 through 10, at sites located in targeted neighborhoods in New York City (City). In addition, through a separate competition in the RFP, DYCD is seeking one Technical Assistance (TA) vendor to provide training on the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)component of the Teen ACTION curriculum and related service projects as detailed below. For more information, click here.

Community Organization Consultant for Green Committees (due May 13, 2011) — NYCHA is seeking a qualified community organization to organize and support “Green Committees” for NYCHA residents of five NYCHA developments in Queens, New York. The developments are NYCHA`s Pomonok, Woodside, Ravenswood, Queensbridge and Astoria Houses. For more information, click here.

Provision of Non-Secure Detention Group Homes (due May 31, 2011) – 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.

Operational Efficiencies (due May 31, 2011) – With substantial System assets ranging from upstate reservoirs to in-City wastewater treatment plants, the Board and DEP seek to optimize the operation and maintenance (“O and M”) of such assets and reduce costs borne by the ratepayers while maintaining or improving the current level of service. Therefore, the Board seeks to procure the services of a contractor or contractors that will provide consulting services focused on improving DEP’s O and M performance, while reducing costs and enhancing its operational efficiencies. For more information, click here.

Arts Education Services (June 13, 2011) — The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP) seeks proposals from organizations experienced in providing high quality arts education services for students in grades pre-kindergarten to 12 with optional related Professional Development and/or Parent Engagement Services. For more information, click here.

121 West 125th Street Retail Space for Lease (due July 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking to lease retail spaces ranging from 800 square feet to 4,000 square feet for retail uses at 121 West 125th Street located in Manhattan. NYCEDC wishes to enter into leases with companies to provide services to residents in the neighborhood and to the neighboring communities. For more information, click here.

Bush Terminal Ground-Up Development (due December 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 130,000 square foot parcel of land located on Block 725, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). The Site is part of the Bush Terminal Campus and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. For more information, click here.

Urbancanvas (due October 14, 2012) – The urbancanvas Design Competition was a challenge to professional artists and designers to create printed designs for temporary protective structures at construction sites to beautify New York City’s streetscape. The competition sought complementary proposals for designs to enliven different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property: construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoon systems. For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 4/18 – 4/22

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Access Issues for Property Owner’s to Address Housing Maintenance Code Violations

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) Program.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 486: Requiring the transfer of functions from the department of records and information services to the department of citywide administrative services, and to repeal chapter 72 of the charter concerning the department of records and information services.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 521 – Mandatory penalties for taxicab and other drivers.

Committee on Finance
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 518: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York, in relation to the establishment of the Atlantic Avenue business improvement district.
T 2011-2806 – Approving the granting of an exemption for real property taxes pursuant to section 420-a of the real property tax law
T 2011-2807 – Approving the designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Expense Budget
T 2011-2808 – 155-161 East 103rd Street

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Nancy G. Chaffetz – New York City Civil Service Commission
Robert Carver – Environmental Control Board
Emily Lally – Environmental Control Board
Douglas Swann – Environmental Control Board

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services (Jointly with the Committee on Juvenile Justice)
Date: Friday, April 29, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – New York City Department of Probation’s Role in the Juvenile Justice System

Committee on Public Housing
Date: Friday, April 29, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – NYCHA’s Use of the Mixed Finance Model to Fund Modernization Plans

Committee on Community Development
Date: Friday, April 29, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – What is the impact of youth mentoring programs in low-income communities

Committee on Veterans
Date: Friday, April 29, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: St. Albans Community Living Center – 179-00 Linden Blvd at 159th Street, Jamaica, NY
Agenda: Tour: St. Albans Community Living Center

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management (Jointly with the Committee on Waterfronts)
Date: Friday, April 29, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight: Keeping the NYC Waterfront Clean

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Date: Friday, April 29, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight: Keeping the NYC Waterfront Clean

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