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Affairs and Appointments – April 27, 2012

Affairs and Appointments – April 27, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, New York University President Sexton and MTA Chairman Lhota Announce Historic Partnership to Create New Applied Sciences Center in Downtown Brooklyn
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Environmental Protection Commissioner Strickland Award $4.6 Million to Projects That Will Protect New York Waterways
  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Rahul N. Merchant As the City’s First Chief Information and Innovation Officer
  • Mayor Bloomberg Unveils First-Ever Online Historical Archive With Photos Spanning 160 Years of Life in New York City
  • New York City Sets New Goal to Generate $70 Billion in Tourism Annual Economic Impact by 2015
  • Mayor Bloomberg Delivers Remarks About Job Creation and Vetoes Prevailing Wage Bill
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Inaugural NYC Literary Honors
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Forest City Ratner Announce Plan to Fill 2,000 Jobs at New Barclays Center in Brooklyn
  • Public Advocate De Blasio: City Budgets Drowning Small Businesses in Frivolous Fines

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Andrew Announces Clean Energy and Environmental Initiatives During Earth Week Cabinet Meeting
  • Governor Cuomo Announces DFS Investigation into Life Insurers Recovers More Than a Quarter Billion Dollars in Unpaid Benefits for Consumers Nationwide
  • Governor Cuomo Nominates Former Governor Paterson to the Board of the MTA
  • Governor Cuomo Announces First Wave of NY Works Projects Opened for Bidding
  • Governor Cuomo Outlines Second Operation Hang Up Campaign to Target Distracted Drivers
  • Governor Cuomo Announces First Round of Power Allocations for ReCharge New York Program
  • Assembly Earth Day Package to Help Create a Cleaner, Safer Environment for All New Yorkers
  • Assembly Marks National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with Legislative Action

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Civic Center Building Sales
    • DOP: Advocate Intervene Mentor
    • EDC: Bathgate Industrial Site

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 4/30 – 5/4


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, New York University President Sexton and MTA Chairman Lhota Announce Historic Partnership to Create New Applied Sciences Center in Downtown Brooklyn
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York University President John Sexton, Polytechnic Institute of New York University President Jerry M. Hultin and MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota announced an historic agreement among the City, MTA, and a consortium of world-class academic institutions and private technology companies that will lead to the creation of the NYU Center For Urban Science and Progress, to be located in Downtown Brooklyn. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Environmental Protection Commissioner Strickland Award $4.6 Million to Projects That Will Protect New York Waterways
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland awarded $4.6 million in grants to community-based green infrastructure projects that will improve the water quality of New York Harbor by reducing combined sewer overflows. The 11 winners of the Green Infrastructure Grant Program represent a key component of the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan – launched by Mayor Bloomberg in 2010 to support PlaNYC’s goals for improved waterways. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Rahul N. Merchant As the City’s First Chief Information and Innovation Officer
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Rahul N. Merchant will serve as New York City’s first Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer and as Commissioner of the Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications. As Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Merchant will report directly to Mayor Bloomberg and will oversee the City’s information technology development and management across all City agencies, with a focus on delivering technology projects on-time and on-budget. He will create a new Center of Excellence to standardize business processes for the implementation of large technology projects, institute a system of vendor evaluation to hold contractors accountable for meeting project milestones, and update the City’s technology contracts to focus on the delivery of established milestones to meet agency business needs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Unveils First-Ever Online Historical Archive With Photos Spanning 160 Years of Life in New York City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled New York City’s first-ever online archive of photographs, maps, motion pictures and other media that span more than 160 years of City history. The gallery is drawn from the New York City Municipal Archives and contains 870,000 unique archived images and media, making it the largest collection of its kind in the world. Most of the collection is being made accessible for the first time and visitors to the site, www.nyc.gov/records, may search the gallery by individual image or an entire collection group.  The Departments of Citywide Administrative Services and Records and Information Services produced the online archive and will continue to add newly digitized content. The online gallery is accessible at no cost, and high-quality reprints may be purchased. For more information, click here.

New York City Sets New Goal to Generate $70 Billion in Tourism Annual Economic Impact by 2015
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC & Company announced that New York City has set a new goal to generate $70 billion in economic impact from travel and tourism by 2015. Building on a new visitation goal to attract 55 million visitors in this same time period, NYC & Company continues to expand its efforts with particular focus on attracting international visitors, who account for 50 percent of direct tourism spending. Based on new programs, the City estimates that, in addition to increasing its economic impact across the five boroughs, the tourism industry will also contribute to $45 billion in direct spending to the City and add 30,000 new jobs to the City’s workforce by 2015 – bringing the tourism workforce to upwards of 350,000 jobs across the five boroughs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Delivers Remarks About Job Creation and Vetoes Prevailing Wage Bill
The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered in the Governor’s Room at City Hall:
“Good morning. When I was first elected to office, less than two months after the attacks of 9/11, many experts predicted back then that people and businesses would choose to leave New York City. Now, we understood that that was possible, but we also knew it wasn’t inevitable. Not if we found new ways to convince people and businesses to stay here, to come here, and to invest here.” To read the rest of the Mayor’s speech, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Inaugural NYC Literary Honors
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris announced the winners of New York City’s inaugural literary awards. The NYC Literary Honors aim to highlight the important role of authors and scholars who have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement and for whom New York has been a central inspiration. The Literary Honors celebrates the role that great words and great works play in the City’s cultural life as well as the role the publishing industry plays in the City’s economy. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Forest City Ratner Announce Plan to Fill 2,000 Jobs at New Barclays Center in Brooklyn
Mayor Bloomberg joined Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner to announce a plan to fill approximately 2,000 jobs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn using the City’s Workforce1 services. For more information, click here.

Public Advocate De Blasio: City Budgets Drowning Small Businesses in Frivolous Fines
City Hall’s drive to raise revenue is hurting small businesses, according to a report released by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The report shows City revenue from fines has nearly doubled from $467 million in 2002 to $793 million in 2011—with inspectors too often aggressively issuing fines for little-known regulations that have no bearing on health and safety. To prevent job losses and spur small business growth, de Blasio is calling on Mayor Bloomberg to end the City’s revenue-driven approach to enforcement, starting with this year’s Executive Budget. De Blasio has put forward a five-point plan to emphasize compliance over revenue, reduce red tape and ensure small businesses have input on future regulations and budgets. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Andrew Announces Clean Energy and Environmental Initiatives During Earth Week Cabinet Meeting
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo convened an Earth Week cabinet meeting to announce a series of innovative clean energy and environmental initiatives that will protect our state’s vast natural resources, increase energy conservation, and create jobs across New York State. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces DFS Investigation into Life Insurers Recovers More Than a Quarter Billion Dollars in Unpaid Benefits for Consumers Nationwide
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  announced that a Department of Financial Services (DFS) investigation into how insurance companies tracked life insurance policy holders has resulted in 32,715 payments to consumers nationwide totaling $262.2 million, including 7,525 payments totaling $95.9 million to New Yorkers. The DFS investigation found that many insurance companies regularly received a list of recent deaths from the Social Security Administration but were not mandated to use and, therefore, were not using that list to determine if a policy holder had died. That means if a family member did not know there was a life insurance policy or simply forgot to file a claim to the insurance company, that policy went unpaid. As a result, tens of thousands of families did not receive their life insurance benefits. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Nominates Former Governor Paterson to the Board of the MTA
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has nominated former Governor David A. Paterson to serve as a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). “Governor Paterson has dedicated his life to working for the people of this state and I am excited that he will continue his public service at the MTA,” said Governor Cuomo. “Governor Paterson’s energy, expertise, and experience will benefit the millions of New Yorkers who rely on the MTA every day. I look forward to working together as we continue to reform the MTA and improve service for New Yorkers.” Governor Paterson was the 55th Governor of New York State. Prior to becoming governor, he served in the New York State Senate for over twenty years, becoming Senate Minority Leader in 2003, and served as Lieutenant Governor. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces First Wave of NY Works Projects Opened for Bidding
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the first wave of NY Works pavement and bridge project contracts have been opened for bidding. The five contracts, consisting of 51 projects, represent more than $64 million in highway and bridge construction work in communities across the state. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Outlines Second Operation Hang Up Campaign to Target Distracted Drivers
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that in the first twelve hours of Operation Hang Up more than 150 drivers were ticketed for using hand-held devices. One State Trooper issued eight tickets in one hour while patrolling in the Kingston area. The Governor was joined in Battery Park City by safe driving advocacy groups and a White Plains woman who lost her parents in a distracted driving accident, to outline the launch of a second Operation Hang Up campaign to target motorists who use their cell phone and other electronic devices while driving. The campaign began Monday, April 23, and will continue through Sunday, April 29, 2012. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces First Round of Power Allocations for ReCharge New York Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that 517 businesses and not-for-profit organizations across New York State will be awarded the first round of lower cost power allocations under his ReCharge New York (RNY) program, a major statewide initiative for retaining and creating jobs and spurring capital investments by making low cost power available to New York State companies. For more information, click here.

Assembly Earth Day Package to Help Create a Cleaner, Safer Environment for All New Yorkers
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Robert Sweeney announced the passage of important environmental legislation to help mark this year’s Earth Day. The package includes legislation that would ensure safe drinking water and clean air; protect our children and communities from environmental hazards and harmful chemicals; protect our local economies from the negative economic and environmental impact of invasive species; and promote environmental justice in vulnerable communities. For more information, click here.

Assembly Marks National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with Legislative Action
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Governmental Operations Committee Chair Steve Englebright, and Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol announced the approval of a legislative package aimed at improving treatment and services for crime victims. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

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.

Advocate Intervene Mentor (May 24, 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. 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.

Civic Center Building Sales (July 31, 2012)New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is issuing a request for proposals (“RFP”) for the disposition of three City-owned office buildings in Lower Manhattan. The buildings offered for sale (the “Properties” and each a “Property”) are identified as follows:
• 22 Reade Street (Block 154, part of Lot 23)
• 346 Broadway (Block 170, Lot 6)
• 49-51 Chambers Street (Block 153, Lot 1)
This RFP is part of a broader initiative announced by Mayor Bloomberg to reduce the amount of City government-occupied office space by 1.2 million square feet by 2014. Each Property is currently occupied primarily by City agencies and affiliated not-for-profit organizations. The disposition of the Properties, which comprise approximately 750,000 gross square feet, represents a significant step towards consolidating City operations and making City government more efficient. 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.

Bathgate Industrial Site (February 19, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking proposals for the purchase of an approximately 109,000 square foot property in the Bronx for development as an industrial facility. The Site is located within the Bathgate Industrial Business Zone, is designated as Industrial by the Fourth Amended Bathgate Urban Renewal Plan, and is zoned M1-4. It is an ideal opportunity for a build-to-suit industrial development. 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.

A review of the impact of budget cuts and teacher attrition on large class sizes in New York City public schools

There are 5,300 fewer teachers working in New York City public schools this year than in 2008-09 — a 7% decline. As a result of teacher attrition due to budget cuts, there are just under 74,000 teachers in NYC public schools, compared with almost 80,000 in the 2008-09 school year (FY2009). The total number of teachers in the City is the lowest in nearly a decade, despite modest growth in student enrollment. As a result, the number of elementary school students who are in general education classes of 30 or more students has tripled. In the 2008-09 school year, there were 9,756 students in first through fifth grade classrooms with 30 or more students. , that figure has ballooned to 31,079 students. In first, second and third grades, the percent of students in such classes have grown tenfold. In fourth grade, a total of 13.8% of all students are in such classes. In some school districts, one in five of all first through fifth graders are in classes of 30 or more. To continue reading the report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 4/30 – 5/4

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

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

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services (Jointly with the Committee on Education)
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: School-Based Mental Health Services.

Committee on Land Use (Jointly with the Committee on Housing and Buildings)
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Business Practices of the City’s Carwashes: Labor, Consumer & Environmental Issues.

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with the Committee on Economic Development)
Date: Friday, May 4, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Maspeth Industrial Business Zone-55-30 58th Street
250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Tour- Maspeth Industrial Business Zone

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