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Affairs and Appointments – April 9, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – April 9, 2010

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces 50,000 ‘New York City Cards’ Outlining Top Priorities in the Washington and Albany are Headed to Mailboxes of Every Large Political Donor in New York City
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital Board of Directors Reluctantly Authorizes Closure of Manhattan Hospital
  • New York City Council releases Response to the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2011
  • Charter Revision Commission Holds First Hearing

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson Names Brian E. Lawlor as Commissioner of the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
  • Governor Paterson Announces Request for Grant Applications for Urgent Care Facility for Saint Vincent’s
  • New York State Senate Announce Reforms to Fix New York’s Broken Budget Process

III. Current RFPs

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of of April 12-16


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg Announces 50,000 ‘New York City Cards’ Outlining Top Priorities in the Washington and Albany are new Headed to Mailboxes of Every Large Political Donor in New York City
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg released the fifth annual New York City Card, a credit card sized guide for New York’s political donor community outlining the City’s Federal and State priorities, and announced that personalized versions of this new NYC Card have already been mailed to more than 50,000 New Yorkers who donate to political campaigns. The five priorities listed on the 2010 New York City Card are: (1) Education (2) Financial Reform (3) Illegal Guns (4) Immigration (5) 9/11 Health. For more information, click here.

  2. St. Vincent’s Hospital Board of Directors Reluctantly Authorizes Closure of Manhattan Hospital
    The Board of Directors of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers (Saint Vincent’s) reluctantly voted to authorize the closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan inpatient services including all acute, rehab, and behavioral health. The vote came after a six-month long effort to save the financially troubled institution, which has operated in the Village for over 160 years. For more information, click here.

  3. New York City Council releases Response to the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2011
    This week, the New York City Council released its response to the Mayor’s FY 2011 Preliminary Budget. The response details by agency the Council’s opinion on the Mayor’s proposal. To see the response, click here.

  4. Charter Revision Commission Holds First Hearing
    This week, the New York City Charter Revision Commission held its first public hearing to solicit ideas about revisions to the New York City Charter. The remaining hearings can be found on the Charter Revision Commission’s web site here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson Names Brian E. Lawlor as Commissioner of the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
    Governor David A. Paterson announced the appointment of Brian E. Lawlor as Commissioner of the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), and CEO and President of ‘nyhomes,’ which includes the State’s Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA). Although the two housing agencies will remain separate entities, the consolidation of the DHCR and ‘nyhomes’ leadership positions is the first step in the Governor’s plan to create a single management structure. For more information, click here.

  2. Governor Paterson Announces Request for Grant Applications for Urgent Care Facility for Saint Vincent’s
    Governor David A. Paterson announced the release of a Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for the development of a new model of urgent care services in Greenwich Village, in order to continue important medical services in Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center (SVCMC) community. For more information, click here.

  3. New York State Senate Announce Reforms to Fix New York’s Broken Budget Process
    The State Senate Democratic Majority unveiled comprehensive reforms to fix the state’s broken budget process and give New Yorkers a fiscally responsible budget. For more information on these plans, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. Senior Employment Services (due April 20, 2010)The Department for the Aging (DFTA) is seeking up to three qualified vendors to provide employment services to older adults throughout the New York City area. For more information, click here.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF APRIL 5-9

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Monday, April 12
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 130 – Requiring the Corporation Counsel to submit quarterly reports to the City Council, Comptroller and CCRB detailing the number and disposition of civil actions filed against the NYPD.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Monday, April 12
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 35 – Regulation of horse drawn cabs

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 9:45 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Health
Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Reso 39 – Public Health Service Act with respect to facilitating the development of microbicides for preventing transmission of HIV and other diseases.
Reso 80 – FDA to reverse their longstanding prohibition on homosexual men donating blood.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 24 – Health insurance coverage for certain persons retired from employment by the board of education.

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Mayor’s Message 30 – Communication from the Mayor – Submitting the name of Matthew W. Daus to the Council for its advice and consent regarding his appointment to the New York City Civil Service Commission, Pursuant to Sections 31 and 813 of the City Charter.
Mayor’s Message 32-34 – Submitting the names of Diana Chapin, Elizabeth Ryan and Pablo Vengoechea to the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 128 – Budget Extender

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall

Committee on Technology
Date: Thursday, April 15
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – NYC Media

Committee on Public Housing
Date: Thursday, April 15
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – NYCHA’s Utility Costs and Its Efforts to Reduce Energy Consumption.

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Thursday, April 15
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 123 – Surface areas of playgrounds and playing fields

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Thursday, April 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Update on DHS’ Advantage NY and Home Base Programs

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Thursday, April 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Invasive Species Control in New York City