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Affairs and Appointments – August 12, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – August 12, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott Hail Continued Progress By New York City Students On State Tests
  • Mayor Bloomberg Submits City’s Formal Challenge to 2010 Census Results
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo Announce Expansion of Oppenheimer’s Lower Manhattan Headquarters
  • Deputy Mayor Steel, NYCEDC, and DoITT Announce Winners of NYC BigApps Ideas Challenge
  • New York City Counciland the New York Blood Center Host Blood Drive To Build Supplies During Summer Dry Spell
  • New York City Announces Increased Access to Free Public Broadband, Expansion of Wi-Fi In Public Spaces, and Enhanced Television Services in All Five Boroughs Over Next Nine Years
  • The Alliance for Downtown New York Announces that Lower Manhattan is Back and Thriving Like Never Before

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo New York State Museum, and National September 11 Memorial & Museum Announce Locations for Thirty 9/11 Exhibitions Across the State Governor Cuomo Signs Land Bank Legislation
  • Governor Coumo Launches “Fresh Connect Farmers’ Markets” to Benefit Farmers and Communities Statewide
  • Governor Cuomo Signs NYSUNY 2020 Legislation
  • Governor Cuomo Announces MTA Search Advisory Committee
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Return of NYRA’S Telebet Operations to New York
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Plan Provides Response for New Yorkers in Case of Natural Gas Accidents

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Bond Counsel to the New Local Development Corporation
    • EDC: Central Station Monitoring Services for Various Sites Citywide Repair
    • EDC: St George Waterfront

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 8/15 – 8/19


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott Hail Continued Progress By New York City Students On State Tests
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg andSchoolsChancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced that New York City public school students in grades 3 through 8 made gains on the State’s annual Math and English exams, outpacing the rest of State and showing that, despite large changes to the tests, significant progress is being made in New York City schools. The percentage of New York City students meeting the State’s bar for proficiency increased by 3.3 points in Math – from 54 percent to 57.3 percent – and 1.5 points in English – from 42.4 percent to 43.9 percent. Unlike New York City, none of the Big Four urban school districts – Rochester, Yonkers, Buffalo, and Syracuse – saw increases in both Math and English. For more information, click here.

The Alliance for Downtown New York Announces that Lower Manhattan is Back – and Thriving like Never Before
Elizabeth Berger, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York announced that Lower Manhattan is back – and thriving like never before. The State of Lower Manhattan 2011 report is the most comprehensive review of Lower Manhattan’s remarkable economic and demographic changes over the last ten years, and features sections on leasing, employment, development, and market trends since the devastating attacks a decade ago.
Specifically, the report focuses on key indicators such as:

  • Economic Growth and Employment
  • Commercial Office Market Changes
  • Residential Growth and Development
  • Tourism and Hotel Market Changes
  • Rebuilding and Major Capital Improvement Projects
  • Quality of Life in Lower Manhattan

To view the State of Lower Manhattan 2011 report, click here.

New York City Announces Increased Access to Free Public Broadband, Expansion of Wi-Fi In Public Spaces, and Enhanced Television Services in All Five Boroughs Over Next Nine Years
Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Carole Post announced a range of public benefits, estimated at approximately $60 million, associated with renewal of the City’s cable television franchise contracts with Capalino+Company client Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems. The agreements provide for the creation of 40 public computing centers and commercial grade Internet service to public libraries, a $10 million investment in approximately 30 parks and public spaces across the five boroughs for Wi-Fi service, a near doubling of the number of Public, Educational and Government (PEG) channels currently available, and approximately $10 million in funding for capital upgrades to NYC Media. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Submits City’s Formal Challenge to 2010 Census Results
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled New York City’s formal challenge to the results of the 2010 U.S. Census, citing the large number of housing units mistakenly classified as vacant by the Census Bureau in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst neighborhoods and Queens’ Astoria and Jackson Heights neighborhoods – which are among the most vibrant areas in New York City. While adjustments to the city’s population will not affect Congressional reapportionment or local redistricting, changes would be incorporated into the baseline annual Federal estimates of the city’s population that shape how much money New York City receives through Federal aid programs. For more information, click here.

New York City Counciland the New York Blood Center Host Blood Drive To Build Supplies During Summer Dry Spell
The City Council, along with the New York Blood Center, hosted a blood drive to help build supplies during the summer months which typically see fewer donations. Council Speaker Christine Quinn along with Council Members and staffers were on hand to help in the effort. To view photographs of the blood drive, please visit thislink or for more information, clickhere.

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo Announce Expansion of Oppenheimer’s Lower Manhattan Headquarters
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Oppenheimer & Co., a leading financial services firm, will make Lower Manhattan its long-term home for its expanded headquarters and invest $15 million in its new 85 Broad Street offices as a result of a large-scale restructuring of its New York City offices. To encourage Oppenheimer & Co. to retain and increase its Downtown presence, New York City Economic Development Corporation and Empire State Development worked closely with Oppenheimer to develop a plan to secure up to $3 million from the federal World Trade Center Job Creation & Retention Program Grant. For more information, click here.

Deputy Mayor Steel, NYCEDC, and DoITT Announce Winners of NYC BigApps Ideas Challenge
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Seth W. Pinsky and New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Carole Post announced the ten winning ideas of the NYC BigApps Ideas Challenge, a competition for the public to submit new ideas for web, desktop, or mobile applications that would benefit New York City residents, businesses, and visitors. The Ideas Challenge, which was open to both developers and non-developers, was designed to build upon the success of the annual NYC BigApps Competition, a contest for individual software developers or companies to create applications utilizing official City data., The winning submissions from the Ideas Challenge will provide a rich resource of innovative ideas that could ultimately be developed in the upcoming NYC BigApps 3.0 competition, which is expected to launch in fall 2011. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo New York State Museum, and National September 11 Memorial & Museum Announce Locations for Thirty 9/11 Exhibitions Across the State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Museum, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced the locations for thirty “New York Remembers” exhibitions that are being organized as part of a statewide recognition of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The exhibitions will give New Yorkers a place to remember the victims of September 11th and honor the countless heroes who came from all corners of the state to help in the clean-up and recovery efforts. The exhibitions will feature historical artifacts from the collections of the State Museum and National September 11 Memorial & Museum. For more information, click here.

Governor Coumo Launches “Fresh Connect Farmers’ Markets” to Benefit Farmers and Communities Statewide
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the “New York Fresh Connect Farmers’ Markets” (FreshConnect) program, which launches new farmers’ markets and expands others around the State of New York. The program is designed to assist New York farmers by increasing the sale of locally-grown food in communities. The program will also bring fresh food to underserved communities, improve nutrition education, and help create local jobs. The FreshConnect program marks the first step in “Farm New York,” the Governor’s new initiative to invest in the state’s agriculture industry, a vital component of the state’s economy. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs NYSUNY 2020 Legislation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he has signed legislation to implement the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program and institute a rational tuition plan for SUNY and CUNY. The new law will help New York’s public universities become a leading catalyst for regionally-focused economic development while maintaining affordability and improving academic quality for all students. The NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program – a joint program between the Governor and SUNY – incentivizes bottom-up, individualized, long-term economic development plans on SUNY campuses and the surrounding communities. The new rational tuition program replaces decades of unpredictable and sudden tuition hikes, allowing students and parents to better plan for college expenses. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces MTA Search Advisory Committee
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of an MTA Search Advisory Committee that will assist in recommending and evaluating candidates for the next chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “This committee will help conduct a national and international search to find and recommend the most talented candidates for the next chairman of the MTA,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am committed to appointing a new chairman who will put straphangers first and who will continue to reform the MTA by reducing costs and waste, while improving efficiency and service.” The advisory committee is comprised of leading public transportation experts and management professionals in the public and private sectors. An executive search and recruitment firm, Krauthamer & Associates, has been engaged to assist in the process. For more information and the list of members, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Return of NYRA’S Telebet Operations to New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York Racing Association Inc.’s (NYRA) vendor for telephone betting services, Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Company (CDTIC), will open a call center in Amherst, bringing up to 60 jobs back to New York and securing a $750,000 investment to the region. “I am pleased that we were able to bring these jobs back to New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “The proposal to move these jobs out of state should never have happened and I want to thank NYRA and ESD for their hard work in reaching this agreement and preserving these New York-based jobs.” NYRA had closed its center in New York City and contracted with CDTIC but the work was to be done in Oregon. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Plan Provides Response for New Yorkers in Case of Natural Gas Accidents
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli proposed a program to remediate contamination and establish an industry-supported fund to recover damages caused by accidents related to natural gas production. The proposed legislation would apply to current drilling operations as well as to proposed high-volume hydraulic fracturing. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Bond Counsel to the New Local Development Corporation (August 15, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“EDC”) is seeking proposals from firms to serve as bond counsel for tax-exempt conduit bonds to be issued by a to-be-created new local development corporation (“New LDC”). The New LDC, which is to be created at the direction of the Mayor, will be empowered to issue tax-exempt debt, the proceeds of which could be utilized for projects on behalf of not-for-profit organizations that are no longer able to access tax-exempt financing through the New York City Industrial Development Agency and New York City Capital Resource Corporation. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Army Terminal 4E Lease (August 15, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 20,400 square foot space in Unit 4E of Building B (the “Site”) of Brooklyn Army Terminal, located in Block 5778, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Site is part of the Brooklyn Army Terminal Campus and is located in the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. For more information, click here.

Central Station Monitoring Services for Various Sites Citywide Repair (August 23, 2011) – Apple Industrial Development Corp. (“Apple”) is seeking proposals from experienced monitoring companies to provide central station monitoring services for various sites Citywide. Apple plans to select the monitoring company on the basis of factors stated in the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) which include, but are not limited to: respondent’s experience and reputation, commitment of personnel, quality of proposal, favorable history, and price. For more information, click here.

Young Adult Justice Programs (August 25, 2011) – The New York City Department of Probation (DOP) in collaboration with the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), is seeking qualified vendors to provide programming for young adults involved in the criminal justice system. The two proposed competitions in the RFP are Young Adult Justice Scholars and Young Adult Justice Community. The ultimate goals of these programs are to help build stronger and safer communities, reduce crime and recidivism, promote lifelong educational gains, career exploration, employment attainment and retention for court involved young adults in New York City. For more information, click here.

U.S. Equity Active Small Capitalization Managers Investment Management Services (August 25, 2011) – The Comptroller of the City of New York (the “Comptroller”), on behalf of the New York City Retirement Systems, and specifically the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (“NYCERS”), the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York (“TEACHERS”), the New York City Police Pension Fund, Subchapter Two (“POLICE”), the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund, Subchapter Two (“FIRE”), and The Board of Education Retirement System (“BERS”), (collectively “NYCRS” or the “Systems”), is conducting a search to identify managers to actively manage U.S. equity active small capitalization equities portfolios for one or more of the Systems. In addition, other related systems or funds may select managers through this solicitation. For more information, click here.

Website Enhancement Program (August 30, 2011) – The New York City Office of the Comptroller is seeking proposals from qualified website design firms to identify and implement a complete redesign of our existing website, www.comptroller.nyc.gov. The project will also require redevelopment of various web applications and forms and incorporate a content management system. For more information, click here.

SACAP (September 7, 2011) – For more information, click here.

Develop and Operate NYC Fashion Fellows Program (September 9, 2011) – A key opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to recognize and develop the next generation of top-level executive fashion management talent. While there are a number of recognition programs for high-potential emerging fashion designers, there are limited programs honoring high-potential emerging fashion management talent. Moreover, the fashion industry does not have many outlets in which to provide structured career development to up-and-coming management talent. The NYC Fashion Fellows Program aims to address these issues by recognizing at least twenty rising stars in fashion management and providing them with the educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities to measurably accelerate their careers and to positively impact the businesses for which they work. The Program is intended to prepare participants to take on the highest-level leadership roles, with the potential to become the next generation of CEOs, COOs, and other top-tier executives at companies across the fashion industry value chain, particularly at designers/brands, wholesalers, and retailers. NYCEDC is issuing a request for proposals (“RFP”) from respondents who wish to enter into a contract to develop and execute the program. For more information, click here.

Develop And Operate Lower Manhattan Business Expansion Competition (September 9, 2011) – NYCEDC seeks a Consultant to develop and administer the Lower Manhattan Business Expansion Competition (LMBEC) over a period of three years. The LMBEC will contain two tracks: the Expanding Company Track is expected to yield applications from existing domestic and international companies with plans to move and expand their operations in Lower Manhattan, and the New Company Track is expected to yield applications from high-potential entrepreneurs who will launch or expand companies less than two years old in Lower Manhattan. During each year of the Competition, it is anticipated that the Entrants for the Expanding Company Track will compete for cash prizes in the range of $50,000 to $650,000 and Entrants for the New Company Track will compete for cash prizes in the range of $20,000 to $200,000. For more information, click here.

Back to Work (September 13, 2011) – The Human Resources Administration of the City of New York (City”) is seeking up to two (2) appropriately qualified vendors for Service Areas I-V and one (1) vendor for Service Area VI to provide, directly and/or indirectly through one or more subcontractors, neighborhood access to employment preparation, job placement, job retention, and supportive services to maximize the City`s effort to move Cash Assistance (”CA”) applicants and participants, Non-Cash Assistance (”NCA”) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (”SNAP”) participants and other Non-Cash Assistance clients to employment and long-term self-sufficiency. For more information, click here.

Pier 1 Hotel and Residential Development (October 24, 2011) – ThePier 1 Hotel and Residential Developmentis a rare opportunity to develop a destination waterfront hotel and residential complex. The RFP seeks qualified developers for the long-term lease, development and operation of a mixed-use project, which includes hotel, residential and restaurant uses. The hotel portion of the site will accommodate between 170-225 rooms and the residential portion of the site will accommodate between 150-180 units. The site will also include parking facilities, park restrooms and park support facilities. For more information, click here.

Applied Sciences Facility in New York City (October 28, 2011) – Following the strong response to a Request for Expressions of Interest issued in December 2010, New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is now issuing this Request for Proposals (this “RFP”), offering a unique opportunity to either develop a new applied sciences academic and research facility and campus or materially expand existing facilities in the City of New York (the “City”). To maintain a diverse and competitive economy, the City is seeking to expand its applied sciences capabilities. As a global business and academic capital with more than 626,000 post-secondary students, the City is poised for growth in the applied sciences arena. For a university or other degree- granting entity (each, an “Institution”) with academic and/or research programs in the applied sciences, this RFP provides an unparalleled opportunity to develop (or expand) and operate a premier state-of-the-art research facility and campus in one of the most dynamic academic, cultural and business environments in the world. For more information, click here.

St. George Waterfront (November 10, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the disposition and redevelopment of either or both of two parcels (collectively, the “Sites”) located on the waterfront of St. George, Staten Island, New York. The Sites occupy a prominent waterfront location near a major transportation hub and a commercial, cultural, and civic center. The appropriate development of the Sites would greatly contribute to the land use goals and economic health of St. George, Staten Island’s North Shore, and the borough as a whole by creating a greater presence both locally and throughout the greater metropolitan region. For more information, click here.

Bush Terminal Ground-Up Development (due December 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 130,000 square foot parcel of land located on Block 725, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). The Site is part of the Bush Terminal Campus and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. 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 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. 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.

Urbancanvas (due October 14, 2012) – The urbancanvas Design Competition was a challenge to professional artists and designers to create printed designs for temporary protective structures at construction sites to beautify New York City’s streets cape. The competition sought complementary proposals for designs to enliven different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property: construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoon systems. For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 8/15 – 8/19

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Monday, August 15
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Monday, August 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Tuesday, August 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Civil Rights
Date: Tuesday, August 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 632: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to unlawful discriminatory practices.

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Reso 3488: Resolution approving the new designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the
Expense Budget.

Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Elections
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: For more information, click here.

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