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Affairs and Appointments – April 23, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – April 23, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Appointment of Seth Diamond as New York City Commissioner of Homeless Services
  • Mayor Bloomberg Releases One-Year Progress Report on NYC Services
  • Mayor Bloomberg Releases 2010 PlaNYC Progress Report
  • Speaker Quinn Convenes Summit to Address Access to Credit for City’s Small Businesses

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg, Congressman Crowley and Congressman Israel Announce Energy Efficiency Retrofit Stimulus Funding
  • Cuomo Charges Pedro Espada, Jr. and 19 Executives with Looting his Bronx Not-for-Profit

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • East River Esplanade: Pier 15 Commercial and Maiden Lane Pavilions RFP
    • East River Esplanade: Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion RFP

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 4/26 – 4/30


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Appointment of Seth Diamond as New York City Commissioner of Homeless Services
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the appointment of Seth Diamond to head the City’s Department of Homeless Services.  As Commissioner, Mr. Diamond will continue to direct the City’s efforts to prevent homelessness, and provide short-term emergency shelter and re-housing support for New Yorkers who need it.  For more information on this announcement, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Releases One-Year Progress Report on NYC Services
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris and Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford released a one-year progress report on NYC Service, the Mayor’s comprehensive initiative to promote a new era of volunteerism in New York City and direct volunteers toward our greatest needs. NYC Service has engaged nearly 120,000 New Yorkers in a wide range of activities, from helping with the City’s H1N1 vaccination and education efforts, to providing tax assistance to low-income families, to beautifying neighborhood blocks, to coating rooftops with reflective white paint.  For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Releases 2010 PlaNYC Progress Report
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg released the PlaNYC Progress Report 2010, which details the significant achievements made since the launch of PlaNYC, the City’s long-term plan for a greener, greater New York. PlaNYC seeks to improve the environment, build the city’s economy, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers while accommodating 1 million more New Yorkers by 2030.  For more information, click here.

Speaker Quinn Convenes Summit to Address Access to Credit for City’s Small Businesses
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Finance Committee Chair Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., and Small Business Committee Chair Diana Reyna were joined by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, chair of the House Committee on Small Business, representatives of the City’s small business community, the New York Bankers Association, New York Business Development Corporation, New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, and alternative lenders to collaborate on solutions to the credit crunch facing the City’s small businesses.  For more information on the Summit, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, Congressman Crowley and Congressman Israel Announce Energy Efficiency Retrofit Stimulus Funding
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson, Congressman Joe Crowley and Congressman Steve Israel announced that New York has secured $40 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to make energy efficiency and renewable energy more accessible to thousands of New York homes and businesses through innovative financing models. The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will administer the $40 million award in conjunction with New York City and other municipalities.  For more information, click here.

Cuomo Charges Pedro Espada, Jr. and 19 Executives with Looting his Bronx Not-for-Profit
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced his office has filed suit against Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. for looting the Bronx based not-for-profit where Espada serves as President and CEO.  Nineteen current and former officers and directors of the Comprehensive Community Development Corporation (“Soundview”) are also named in the lawsuit.  The lawsuit alleges Espada diverted Soundview’s charitable assets and used the money for himself, his family, his friends, and his political operation.  For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coney Island Steeplechase Plaza RFP (due May 27, 2010) New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a construction manager (“CM”) to lead its staff and/or a consultant team in the provision of construction management and related services for Steeplechase Plaza at Coney Island (the “Project”). For more information, click here.

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.

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.

East River Esplanade: Pier 15 Commercial and Maiden Lane Pavilions RFP (due June 11, 2010) NYCEDC, seeking proposals from qualified individuals/companies to lease, operate and maintain two enclosed pavilion spaces/adjacent outdoor space along the East River Waterfront in Lower Manhattan. For more information, click here.

East River Esplanade: Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion RFP (due June 11, 2010) – NYCEDC is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or organizations interested in leasing and programming an enclosed pavilion space on the western portion of Pier 15 in Lower Manhattan (the “Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion”). For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 4/26 – 4/30

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Juvenile Justice (Jointly with the Committee on Youth Services)
Date: Monday, April 26
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Innovative Responses to the Sexual Exploitation of Runaway and Homeless Youth.

Committee on Immigration
Date: Monday, April 26
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The Importance of Comprehensive Immigration Reform to New York City.
Reso 162 – Congress to pass and President Obama to sign a just and humane comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2010.

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Monday, April 26
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 141 – Commercial Recycling
Intro 142 – Paint stewardship pilot program
Intro 147 – Recycling education, outreach and enforcement
Intro 148 – Designation for recycling of rigid plastic containers
Intro 156 – Recycling in city agencies
Intro 157 – Leaf and yard waste
Intro 158 – Public recycling bins
Intro 162 – Household hazardous waste collection events
Intro 164 – Recycling
Intro 165 – Recycling at the Department of Education
Intro 171 – Composting of food waste

Committee on Women’s Issues
Date: Monday, April 26
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The Healthy Relationship Training Academy and Prevention Efforts in Youth Dating Violence.

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers- City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Parks Concessions
Intro 21 – Identifying the location of concessions within a park

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 68 – Penalties for unlicensed plumbing and fire suppression work

Committee on Health
Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Reso 39- A – Public Health Service Act with respect to facilitating the development of microbicides for preventing transmission of HIV and other diseases.
Reso 80-A – FDA to reverse their longstanding prohibition on homosexual men donating blood.

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The Feasibility of Requiring a Unified Economic Development Budget As a Reporting Requirement.

Committee on Civil Rights
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The Commission on Human Rights and Its Enforcement of New York City’s Human Rights Law.

Committee on Women’s Issues (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – ACS’ EarlyLearn NYC

Committee on State and Federal Legislation
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Establishing a NYC animal population control program and an animal population control fund.

Committee on Public Safety
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 120 – Requiring the NYPD to make certain traffic-related statistics available through its website.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 118 – Requiring the mayor’s office of operations to develop and disseminate a business owner’s bill of rights.

Committee on Education
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 155 – Requiring the chancellor of the city school district to submit to the council an annual report concerning school enrollment, capacity and utilization.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 29
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services (Jointly with Subcommittee on Drug Abuse)
Date: Friday, April 30
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – The State of Drug Abuse & Treatment in NYC.

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Friday, April 30
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Rules of the Road, Boating Safety and Cooperation in New York City Waters.

Committee on Contracts
Date: Friday, April 30
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Follow up hearing on the 2008 Capital Construction Contracting Reform Initiatives.

Committee on Aging
Date: Friday, April 30
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Social Security and Seniors
Reso 7 – Social Security cost of living increase (COLA).