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Affairs and Appointments – April 6, 2012

Affairs and Appointments – April 6, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Opens New Jetblue Headquarters in Long Island City and Marks Completion of $45 Million Queens Plaza Improvement Project
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Correction Commissioner Schriro Preside Over Graduation Ceremony for 260 Correction Officers
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Director of State Legislative Affairs Micah C. Lasher Will Leave City Government
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Department for the Aging Commissioner Barrios-Paoli Announce City’s First Eight ‘Innovative Senior Centers’ Now Open for Business
  • Comptroller Liu Recovers $1.2 Million from Building Contractors for Cheated Workers

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Appointment of Karen Peters to be First Woman Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement That Will Continue Vital Economic Activity, Protect Jobs, and Maintain Security at Red Hook Container Terminal
  • Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway Task Force Holds Summit
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Accelerated Road and Bridge Projects in New York City as Part of NY Works Program
  • Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Projects to Upgrade State Parks in New York City
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Appoints Robert Ward Deputy Comptroller for Budget & Policy Analysis
  • Comptroller DiNapoli: MTA Electronic Security Program Delayed Two More Years

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Halleck Industrial Development Site

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 4/9 – 4/13


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Opens New Jetblue Headquarters in Long Island City and Marks Completion of $45 Million Queens Plaza Improvement Project
Mayor Bloomberg officially opened the new 200,000-square-foot headquarters of JetBlue Airways in the historic Brewster Building in Long Island City. The new office consolidates JetBlue’s regional corporate facilities, expands its footprint in New York City and demonstrates the successful economic revitalization of Long Island City. JetBlue’s move to Long Island City was announced in 2010 after New York City won a multi-year competitive review process among cities nationwide. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Correction Commissioner Schriro Preside Over Graduation Ceremony for 260 Correction Officers
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Correction Commissioner Dora Schriro presided over a graduation ceremony for 260 Recruit Correction Officers at York College in Queens. The class members, who have successfully completed a rigorous 16-week training program at the DOC Training Academy in Queens, include 92 women and 168 men. They will join their colleagues in New York City’s jail system, which currently has custody of 12,500 men and women awaiting trial or sentenced to a year or less in the City’s jails. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Director of State Legislative Affairs Micah C. Lasher Will Leave City Government
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Director of State Legislative Affairs Micah C. Lasher will leave City government later this month. Lasher has been a member of the Bloomberg Administration since January 2009, beginning as Executive Director of External Affairs at the Department of Education. He has helped lead the City’s efforts in Albany on many major issues, including reauthorizing mayoral control of the schools, lifting the cap on charter schools to secure Federal Race to the top funding, passing the Five-Borough Taxi Plan, and legalizing same-sex marriage. This year, Lasher helped guide the Administration through one of the City’s most successful state legislative sessions, during which the City received a major increase in State funding, and two significant long-term goals were achieved: a new pension tier for City employees sought for nearly a decade and landmark reform of the juvenile justice system. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Department for the Aging Commissioner Barrios-Paoli Announce City’s First Eight ‘Innovative Senior Centers’ Now Open for Business
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department for the Aging Commissioner Lilliam Barrios-Paoli announced that the City’s first eight Innovative Senior Centers are now open for the City’s senior population. Innovative Senior Centers offer a new model of centers for older New Yorkers by providing enhanced programming, including robust wellness programs, additional access to health care services, arts and cultural programs, as well as new technological and volunteer opportunities. The innovative senior centers also go beyond the offerings of the traditional senior center to include flexible and expanded hours on evenings and weekends, and café-style flexible meal times. These centers include the opening of the nation’s first ever senior centers with programming specifically for the LGBT and visually impaired communities. For more information, click here.

Comptroller Liu Recovers $1.2 Million from Building Contractors for Cheated Workers
Comptroller John C. Liu announced a $1.2 million settlement on behalf of workers who were cheated out of wages and benefits for work at City sites. The contractor Mascon Restoration and its principal have also been debarred from bidding on or receiving any public works contracts for five years.“This settlement helps to right the wrongs suffered by these hardworking people, and sends a strong message that contractors working on City projects must pay prevailing wages as required under the law,” Comptroller Liu said. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointment of Karen Peters to be First Woman Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the appointment of Justice Karen K. Peters to serve as the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Third Judicial Department. Justice Peters was the first woman elected a Supreme Court Justice in the Third Department and will now be the first woman to serve as a Presiding Justice in the history of the department. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement That Will Continue Vital Economic Activity, Protect Jobs, and Maintain Security at Red Hook Container Terminal
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an agreement between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that will continue vital economic activity, protect jobs, and maintain security operations at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Container Terminal through January 8, 2017. The agreement, which followed extensive collaboration between the Port Authority and CBP, will enable CBP to secure the terminal and will maintain international trade at the location. The agreement took into account the unique location of the Red Hook terminal and the potential economic and environmental impact if certain aspects of CBP’s operations ceased at the site. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway Task Force Holds Summit
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Energy Highway Task Force convened a summit at Columbia University that brought together federal, state and industry officials to discuss and explore ways to meet New York State’s future electric power needs while protecting the environment and creating jobs. For more information, click here.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Announces Accelerated Road and Bridge Projects in New York City as Part of NY Works Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an additional and accelerated $489,445,820 investment for projects that will repair 84 miles of roads and one bridge in New York City and create thousands of jobs. For the transportation component of NY Works, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reviewed its Capital Program and identified those projects, which can be accelerated by utilizing either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery mechanism or the newly-enacted design-build project delivery method. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Projects to Upgrade State Parks in New York City
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $9.7 million investment for NY Works projects to upgrade and repair two parks in New York City. New York Works is designed to reinvent state economic development with innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state’s infrastructure. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Appoints Robert Ward Deputy Comptroller for Budget & Policy Analysis
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced that he has appointed Robert B. Ward to serve as Deputy Comptroller of Budget & Policy Analysis. Most recently, Ward was the deputy director and director of fiscal studies for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University at Albany. He will start his new position April 12. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli: MTA Electronic Security Program Delayed Two More Years
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has pushed back the completion date for its electronic security program by another two years until 2014, putting the program nearly six years behind its original scheduled completion date, according to a progress report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. In February 2012, the MTA completed all of the projects planned under Phase 1 of the capital security program, begun in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, with the notable exception of the electronic security program. This program has encountered numerous setbacks and is now expected to be completed in June 2014 at a cost of $516 million, nearly double original estimates. The MTA has completed two of the 16 construction projects slated for Phase 2 of the program, but it intends to defer six projects due to lack of funding. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Operation of a Free Concert Series and a Maximum of Six (6) Kiosks (April 12, 2012) – At Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx. There will be a recommended proposer meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm. We will be meeting in Room 407 of the Arsenal, which is located at 830 5th Avenue, in Central Park, Manhattan. If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended meeting. TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR THE DEAF (TDD) 212-504-4115. For more information, click here.

Study of Current Waste Management and Recycling Processes at NYCHA (April 16, 2012) – NYCHA is seeking Proposals from qualified organizations to provide project management and consulting services to NYCHA’s Office of Community Programs and Development to support NYCHA in further developing and implementing a new model to better ensure that residents and communities are connected to critical services. Firms are invited to obtain a copy on NYCHA`s website: Doing Business With NYCHA. Http://www.nyc.gov/nychabusiness; Select “Selling to NYCHA”. Vendors are instructed to access the “Getting Started: Register or Log-in” link. If you have supplied goods or services to NYCHA in the past and you have your log-in credentials, click “Returning iSupplier users, Log-in here”. If you do not have your log-in credentials, select “Click here to Request a Log-in ID”. Upon access, select “Sourcing Supplier” then “Sourcing Homepage”; conduct a search for RFP number 29425. Proposers electing to obtain a non-electronic paper document will be subject to a $25 non-refundable fee; payable to NYCHA by USPS-Money Order/ Certified Check only for each set of RFP documents requested. Remit payment to NYCHA Finance Department @ 90 Church Street/6th Floor; obtain receipt and present it to 12th Floor/ General Services Procurement Group. A RFP package will be generated at time of request. For more information, click here.

Consulting Services, Rockaway Courthouse RFEI (April 16, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation on behalf of the City of New York is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the Rockaway Courthouse Building, a 24,000 square foot, three story limestone and Tennessee marble building that was constructed in 1932 and is located in the Hammels neighborhood in the Rockaways in Queens, New York. The purpose of the RFEI is to generate expressions of interest from qualified development teams for ways to revitalize a historic structure and continue the redevelopment of the Rockaways. Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please visit http://www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe. Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to rockawaycourthouserfei@nycedc.com. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Monday, March 12, 2012 to www.nycedc.com/RFP. Please submit eight (8) sets of your expression of interest to NYCEDC. For more information, click here.

NY/NY III Scatter Housing and Supportive SVCS (April 16, 2012) – The Human Resources Administration (HRA) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide non-emergency scatter-site supportive housing to chronically homeless single adults who are living with HIV/AIDS and who suffer from a co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness, a substance abuse disorder, or a Mentally Ill Chemical Abuse (MICA) disorder. Pre-Proposal Conference will be held March 20, 2012 from 10:00AM to 12:00 Noon at 180 Water Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.

Homemaking SVCS to Families of Persons Diagnosed HIV/AIDS (April 17, 2012) – The HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) of the Human Resources Administration (HRA) is seeking approximately seven appropriately qualified vendors to directly provide homemaker services (e.g., personal care, supervision of children,shopping for food and household items, preparation and/or serving of meals, leaning, laundry,etc.) to HASA family cases with children under the age of 12. For families with children over the age of 12, the need for homemaking will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Pre- Proposal Conference: March 14, 2012 from 10:00AM to 12:00 Noon at 180 Water St, 12th FL,New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Time to Rebuild: A Blueprint for Reforming New York City’s Department of Buildings

For years, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) has struggled to fulfill its dual responsibilities to both promote and police the development of New York City’s ever-changing building stock. This fundamental conflict is not new. Proposals for reconfiguring the DOB date back to the administration of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, yet reforms that would have made the agency more effective remain unrealized. New data contained in this report once again calls into question the effectiveness of the DOB and provides additional evidence that the agency must be reformed. Using figures published by the DOB through its monthly BUILD Indicator reports, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office has uncovered disappointing new trends that lead to new questions about the DOB’s ability to regulate elevator safety and to promote new building development – two of its core missions. This report concludes that the DOB has done an increasingly poor job of keeping up with elevator inspections in New York City over the last three years – with occasionally tragic results. Recent accidents involving the death of a young boy at a public housing development in Brooklyn, as well as a December 2011 elevator fatality at an office building on Madison Avenue, only serve to underscore the need for reform. To continue reading the report, click here.

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