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Affairs and Appointments – April 30, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – April 30, 201

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Stephen Goldsmith as Deputy Mayor for Operations
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce 14 Measures to Make it Easier for Small Businesses to Influence and Comply with City Regulations
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Health Commissioner Farley Announce First Companies to Commit to National Salt Reduction Initiative
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three Bills
  • New York City Council Passes Bill to Decrease Neighborhood Noise from Tour Buses and Other Legislation
  • Speaker Quinn Announces Budget Reforms

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Announces Funds to Support Urgent Care and Other Health Services for St. Vincent’s Community
  • Governor Paterson Calls on Legislature to Pass Executive Budget, Outlines Gap Closing Plan
  • Governor Paterson Signs Eight Bills Into Law

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC – Outdoor Advertising Opportunities at Brooklyn Properties RFP
    • EDC – Lender Services, NYC Capital Access Revolving Loan Guaranty Program

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/3 – 5/7


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Stephen Goldsmith as Deputy Mayor for Operations
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today appointed Stephen Goldsmith, the nation’s premier expert on innovation in government and the former Mayor of Indianapolis, as Deputy Mayor for Operations. Deputy Mayor Goldsmith currently serves as the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program and as the Daniel Paul Professor of Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has served as Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the AmeriCorps program, under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, a position he has held since 2001. As Mayor of Indianapolis from 1992 to 1999, Goldsmith reduced government spending, cut bureaucracy and ineffective regulation, spearheaded a major expansion of public-private partnerships and led a transformation of downtown Indianapolis that was widely considered a national model for urban revitalization. Goldsmith will replace Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler, who announced last month he would be leaving City service for the private sector. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce 14 Measures to Make it Easier for Small Businesses to Influence and Comply with City Regulations
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Christine C. Quinn today announced 14 measures to make it easier for the City’s 220,000 small businesses to influence and comply with the City rules governing them. The 14 measures will:

  • Establish a Business Owner’s Bill of Rights – The City will create and distribute a Business Owner’s Bill of Rights that sets forth clear customer service standards to encourage constructive interactions between small business owners and agency inspectors. The Bill of Rights will serve as a customer service guide for business owners to know what they can and should expect when interacting with the City.
  • Enable Businesses to Avoid Automatic Fines and Penalties – The Administrative Justice Coordinator will work with all City agencies to ensure that small businesses are provided with an opportunity to resolve certain violations before automatic penalties or fines are levied. Currently, the Buildings, Consumer Affairs, Health and Mental Hygiene and Fire Departments provide such an opportunity for certain low-risk violations, i.e. violations that do not pose an imminent threat to public health, safety or well-being.
  • Enable Business to Avoid Having to Appear in Person to Settle or Contest Violations – The Administrative Justice Coordinator will work with agencies to ensure that, where possible, small businesses are able to avoid having to physically appear before administrative tribunals. Instead, businesses would be able to settle or contest violations over the internet, by mail, or by telephone, saving time and money.
  • Launch an Interactive NYCRules Website for All Rulemaking Actions – Today, small businesses and the public must rely on an antiquated rulemaking process to comment on proposed agency rules or learn more about rules that are about to go into effect. This morning, Mayor Bloomberg signed Executive Order 133 requiring all City agencies to post their proposed and final rules on a new website: www.nyc.gov/nycrules. The site will enable small businesses and the public at large to submit their comments regarding proposed rules electronically, and sign up to receive newsletters about rulemaking activity in the City. Not only will it modernize a process that was first conceived over twenty years ago, but also it will open up agency rulemaking to a much broader range of New Yorkers.
  • Develop Plain Language Guides to Demystify Complex Regulations – The Mayor’s Office of Operations will work with agencies to simplify the language of regulations and regulatory processes, helping reduce unnecessary legal and consulting fees. The City will start with regulatory processes that have been identified as sources of confusion for small businesses.
  • Expand Programs for Immigrant Small Business Owners – The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Department of Small Business Services will expand efforts to assist immigrant-owned small businesses, representing approximately half of all small businesses in the City. The City, which already provides assistance to Latino-owned businesses, will make its materials available for translation to groups representing the City’s other ethnic communities, specifically the Chinese-, Russian- and Korean-American communities.
  • Establish Customer Service Review of Proposed Rules – The Mayor’s Office of Operations will review all proposed rules from a customer service perspectiveto identify inefficiencies and work with agencies to address them before the proposed rule is published and could potentially slow business growth or hinder economic development.
  • Implement Customer Service Training for Agency Inspectors – The Mayor’s Office of Operations will work with all agencies to establish new training techniques for agency inspectors that focus on improving the overall customer service businesses receive during their inspection, and encourage more constructive interactions between small business owners and agency inspectors.
  • Enhance 311 to Meet the Needs of Small Businesses – The Mayor’s Office of Operations will enhance the up-to-date regulation information available through the 311 Customer Call Centerto ensure that small business owners can access easily the resources they need.
  • Distribute Industry-Specific Newsletters to Small Businesses –The Department of Small Business Services will work with agencies to distribute e-newsletters to certain types of small businesses, such as a “Restaurant News” newsletter, so businesses can stay on top of regulatory developments that directly impact their operations.
  • Teach Businesses How to Avoid Violations – All agencies will seek to replicate, where applicable, the Department of Consumer Affairs “Education Days” initiative, where inspectors are deployed specifically to educate businesses on how best to comply with agency rules and prevent fines and penalties.
  • Provide Information on Incentive Programs Online – In February 2010, in response to the work of the Regulatory Reform Panel, the Department of Small Business Services upgraded NYC Business Express, the City’s one-stop website for City-issued licenses and permits, to include a new feature that will provide information about various tax incentive programs.
  • Designate Agency Liaisons with the City’s Chambers of Commerce – All City agencies will designate a liaison to chambers of commerce, providing small businesses with a person with whom they can have an ongoing conversation about regulatory issues.
  • Expand Agency Rule Revision Initiatives – In light of all the above reforms, all agencies will re-evaluate their rules with an eye towards eliminating undue costs and burdens.

For more information on this announcement, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Health Commissioner Farley Announce First Companies to Commit to National Salt Reduction Initiative
The first 16 companies formally committed to the National Salt Reduction Initiative – a public-private partnership created to reduce Americans’ salt consumption by 20 percent over five years. New York City began coordinating this voluntary effort two years ago. The National Salt Reduction Initiative partnership now includes 18 national health organizations; 29 cities, states and related entities; and some of the nation’s leading food companies, including: Au Bon Pain, Boar’s Head, FreshDirect, Goya, Hain Celestial, Heinz, Kraft, LiDestri, Mars Food, McCain Foods, Red Gold, Starbucks, Subway, Unilever, Uno Chicago Grill and White Rose. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three Bills
Mayor Bloomberg this week signed three bills into law:

  • Intro 24-A (Sanders) – Legislation changing benefits for newly hired employees represented by the UFT.
  • Intro 128 (Recchia/Comrie) – Extends deadlines for the City’s budget to May 6th.
  • Intro 35-A (Gennaro) – Increases rates and imposes regulations for horse-drawn carriages.

New York City Council Passes Bill to Decrease Neighborhood Noise from Tour Buses and Other Legislation
At this week’s Stated Council meeting, the Council voted on a bill that will decrease neighborhood noise from tour buses, creating a quieter atmosphere for residents while still serving tourists.
Other legislation before the Council includes two bills that will increase transparency and accountability of the Department of Juvenile Justice, making records and census data more readily available. The Council will also consider resolutions to encourage immigration reform and call on the federal government to lift the FDA’s 30-year ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.
For more information, click here.

Speaker Quinn Announces Budget Reforms
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced continued reforms to the City Council’s discretionary funding process. Reforms include:

  • Online Searchable Database of Discretionary Funding Allocations
  • Online Searchable Database of Applications for Discretionary Funding
  • Enhancements to Current Vetting Process
  • Limits on the Hiring of Consultants
  • Restrictions to Leasing Practices
  • Restrictions to Funding Through Fiscal Conduits
  • Increased Training for Recipients of Discretionary Funds

For more information on these actions, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Announces Funds to Support Urgent Care and Other Health Services for St. Vincent’s Community
Governor David A. Paterson announced the award of $14 million in grants to support an urgent care facility and other health care services in Greenwich Village for patients displaced by the closure of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center. Lenox Hill Hospital will receive $9.4 million to operate an urgent care center providing round-the-clock care, seven days a week, to the Greenwich Village community. A second award of $4.6 million will support the expansion of services at four well-established clinics in the St. Vincent’s service area: the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center on West 18th Street, the Ryan-NENA Community Health Center on East Third Street, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Chinatown, and the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center on 10th Avenue between 45th and 46th streets. For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson Calls on Legislature to Pass Executive Budget, Outlines Gap Closing Plan; Announces Furlough Plan for State Workforce
Governor David A. Paterson called on the Legislature to immediately pass his proposed Executive Budget in a simple up or down vote and outlined an additional $620 million in actions that, when combined with his Executive Budget, present a fully balanced gap closing plan and will put New York on the path to fiscal recovery. In an effort to spur Legislative action on the budget, Governor Paterson has proposed additional measures to close the $620 million gap. This plan includes approximately $324 million in additional spending reductions – approximately $100 million of which were proposed by the Legislature, – $211 million in revenue actions and $85 million in other actions. For a list of actions in the Governor’s gap closing plan, click here. The Governor also announced a furlough plan for State Workforce, information of which can be found here.

Governor Paterson Signs Eight Bills Into Law
Bills signed include:

  • A.4015/S.5988 – provides that an affidavit ballot submitted on Election Day at a polling place will constitute an application to register to vote or to change political party enrollment.
  • A.5276-B/S.2868 — simplifies the absentee ballot process by removing a requirement that the voter provide certain information on the reason for the voter’s absence.
  • A217/S.5456: Requires third-party notification prior to termination of long-term care and health insurance policies for persons 65 and older.
  • A1069/S.2721: Exempts manufacturers of firearm silencers from being charged under certain sections of the penal law where they will be sold to police department sheriffs, police officers, peace officers, State prisons and the military.
  • A7899A/S/3682-A: Resolves a current split in decisional law in relation to the degree of proof necessary to show paternity after a purported father’s death, by allowing two methods for establishing paternity after the death of a father: a genetic marker test or the open and notorious acknowledgement during the father’s lifetime.
  • A8394/S.3680: Grants jurisdiction to other courts, beyond the State Supreme Court, to entertain certain declaratory judgment actions in the attorney/client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.
  • A9955/S.6997-A: Authorizes Manhattan Youth Recreations and Resources, Inc. to file an application for exemption from real property taxes.
  • A10238A/S.7094-A: Extends for one year provisions of New York State and New York City laws pertaining to the taxation of commercial banks.

Governor Paterson also vetoed A9872/S.6698: Makes permanent the provisions of chapter 591 of the laws of 2001 that prohibit national banks, State banks, thrift institutions, credit unions and other entities from operating separate facilities used primarily for fee-based check cashing activities within three-tenths of a mile of an existing licensed check casing location.

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.

Lender Services, NYC Capital Access Revolving Loan Guaranty Program (Due May 14, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking lenders who make small and micro business loans to businesses in New York City with 100 or fewer employees. NYCEDC, through the Capital Access Program, is trying to increase lending to small and micro businesses and is willing to guaranty a portion of the loan principal in return for lenders agreeing to expand their underwriting criteria and/or offer more flexible loan terms to borrowers. 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.

Outdoor Advertising Opportunities at Brooklyn Properties RFP (due June 30, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking one or more outdoor advertising companies to install and maintain outdoor advertising signage upon which the company may sell outdoor advertisements at one or more of the following sites located in Brooklyn, New York: (1) Bush Terminal; (2) Brooklyn Cruise Terminal; and (3) the East New York Incubator (collectively referred to as the “Sites”). For more information, click here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

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

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/3 – 5/7

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on State and Federal Legislation
Date: Monday, May 3rd
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Reso 79 – Congress to renew and strengthen the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment (Jointly with Committee on Waterfronts)
Date: Wednesday, May 5
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Governors Island
Agenda: Tour: Governors Island

Committee on Health
Date: Wednesday, May 5
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Preconsidered – Permits for the sale or transfer of milk and milk products and to medical records respectively.
Preconsidered – Air quality standards for compressed air in underwater breathing tanks.
Preconsidered – Relating to reports regarding child care facilities.

Committee on Community Development (Jointly with Committee on Finance)
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 26 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the sale of water liens.

Committee on Transportation (Jointly with Committee on Public Safety)
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Are we doing enough to keep straphangers safe?

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Contracts
Date: Friday, May 7
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – VENDEX