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Affairs and Appointments – August 13, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – August 13, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Charter Revision Commission votes to put term limits proposal (and others) on the ballot
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Stringer Open New Asthma Walk-in Center in East Harlem
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson and Delta Air Lines Unveil New Plans for Expanding Terminal 4 at JFK Airport As New Data Shows New York City is on Pace to Break Tourism Record
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Sadik-Khan Mark Installation of New Willis Avenue Bridge
  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints David Bragdon as Sustainability Director and Liz Weinstein as Operations Director

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Announces Results of New Facial Recognition Technology by DMV
  • Governor Paterson Announces New Provision of Leandra’s Law to Take Effect.
  • Senate Passes Bill Securing $1.8 Million Dollars For Rape Crisis Centers

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: NYC Workforce Development Mapping Initiative
    • ACS: General Preventive Services
    • ACS: Family Rehabilitation Services

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 8/16 – 8/20


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Charter Revision Commission votes to put term limits proposal on the ballot
Voters will get their chance to opine on term limits this fall after the city Charter Revision Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to put a two-term limit proposal on the ballot. If it is approved by the voters in November, the proposal would grandfather current elected officials into the three term limit and not affect anyone elected to their first term until after 2013. The commission was split on the time frame, voting 9 to 6. The commission also approved a ballot proposal to prohibit the City Council from revising the term limit law to affect incumbents.

In addition to the term-limits proposal, other issues that will appear on the ballot this November include:

  • Consolidation of the Campaign Finance Board and Voter Assistance Commission
  • Public notification of the siting of waste or energy facilities.
  • Whether conflicts of interest violations should be upped from $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Reducing the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot by half.
  • Disclose independent expenditures made on behalf of candidates.

Among the issues that did not make it to the ballot include:

  • Nonpartisan elections
  • Land Use matters
  • Roles of the Borough Presidents and Public Advocate
  • Independent budgeting of some of the city’s oversight agencies.

The exact number of questions voters will get has not been determined. The commission will meet later this month to approve the exact wording and number.

For more information on the Charter Revision Commission, click here and here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Stringer Open New Asthma Walk-in Center in East Harlem
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer announced the opening of a new asthma walk-in center in East Harlem, where the rate of childhood asthma hospitalizations is the highest in the City. The new state-of-the-art center – an expansion of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence and a part of the City’s PlaNYC initiative – will aim to reduce childhood asthma hospitalizations by 50 percent over the next five years. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson and Delta Air Lines Unveil New Plans for Expanding Terminal 4 at JFK Airport As New Data Shows New York City is on Pace to Break Tourism Record
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson and Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson unveiled plans for the redevelopment and expansion of the Delta Air Lines Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Work on the $1.2 billion project, which was approved by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey last week, will begin this September and create a state-of-the-art space for the airline and more than 10,000 jobs over the next three years; and also further establish New York City as a major tourist destination. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Sadik-Khan Mark Installation of New Willis Avenue Bridge
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan marked the installation of the 350-foot swing section of the new Willis Avenue Bridge, which moved into its final position this morning. The bridge was constructed in Coeymans, New York and was floated to the Harlem River on a barge. The nearly 110 year-old existing bridge reached the end of its useful life and the new bridge is expected to be open to traffic in October. The Willis Avenue Bridge project is a part of more than $5 billion in City bridge investments made by the Bloomberg Administration since 2002. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints David Bragdon as Sustainability Director and Liz Weinstein as Operations Director
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed David Bragdon as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, the office responsible for the creation and implementation of PlaNYC, the City’s long-term vision for a greener, greater New York. Bragdon joins City Hall after serving as the President of the Portland, Oregon Metro Council, an elected body that oversees regional planning, protection of natural areas, handling of solid waste and recycling, and management of regional facilities for over one and a half million people in the Portland metro region. The Mayor also appointed Elizabeth Weinstein as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, which oversees the daily operations of City agencies, assists agencies in improving customer service and measures agency performance. Weinstein previously served as Mayor’s Office Director of Agency Services and Director of Customer Service. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Announces Results of New Facial Recognition Technology by DMV
Governor David A. Paterson today announced the initial results of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) use of facial recognition technology to identify fraud cases. Use of the innovative software began in February, 2010, and in the six months since its implementation has been instrumental in identifying more than 1,000 cases of possible fraud. For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson Announces New Provision of Leandra’s Law to Take Effect
Governor David A. Paterson joined the families of Leandra Rosado and Katie Flynn, as well as Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. and Assembly Member Harvey Weisenberg to mark the effective date of a key provision of Leandra’s Law, which will require all individuals convicted of a felony or misdemeanor drunk driving charge – even first-time offenders who were not driving with a child under 16 – to install ignition interlock systems in any vehicle they own or operate. This provision takes effect on Sunday, August 15, 2010. For more information, click here.

Senate Passes Bill Securing $1.8 Million Dollars For Rape Crisis Centers
On the last day of the legislative session and overshadowed by high profile debates on Hydro-fracking and whether to empower the SUNY Board of Trustees to raise tuition at select college campuses, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson’s budget bill to provide $1.8 million dollars to rape crisis centers throughout New York State passed unanimously and without debate. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Bathgate Industrial Site RFP (due August 16, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (the “City), is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of a vacant industrial property located within the Bathgate Industrial Business Zone in the Bathgate section of the Bronx. The full-block site measures approximately 109,000 square feet, and is situated on Bathgate Ave., just south of the Cross-Bronx Expressway. To download the application, click here.

North Williamsburg Ferry Landing (due August 18, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) intends to build a passenger ferry landing in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY on the East River. The ferry landing will connect to an existing pier. NYCEDC is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide resident engineering and inspection services related to the construction of the proposed ferry landing. For more information, click here.

Substructure and Underwater Work at the Cross Bay Bridge (due August 18, 2010) – A site tour is scheduled for Thursday, July 29,2010 at 11:00 am. For more information and instructions, click here.

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Inc. (due August 23, 2010) – The New York City Department of Small Business Services intends to enter into sole source negotiations with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Inc., a Local Development Corporation with the expertise to maintain and develop further interest in the Downtown Brooklyn Area, and to provide certain consultant services to promote and stimulate economic development in the Downtown Brooklyn Area with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Inc. For more information, click here.

On-Call Internal Auditing Consultant (due August 27, 2010) – These services will be used to supplement the workload of NYCEDC’s Internal Audit Department, and will be assigned by the Director of Internal Audit. The services will generally be conducted as attestation engagements in accordance with the professional standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and may include: agreed-upon procedures, compliance audits, financial statement audits of business partners, contract audits, operational audits and internal control assessments. For more information, click here.

Plan Investment and Administrative Services for NYCHHC (due September 1, 2010) – This Request for Proposals is to select a vendor to provide full administration of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation 403b defined contribution plan, including investment management, record keeping, customer services, and employee education. For more information, click here.

NYC Workforce Development Mapping Initiative (due September 10, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to conduct mapping and analysis of New York City’s publicly-funded workforce development system. NYCEDC seeks to create a comprehensive database of publicly-funded workforce agencies, core services provided, funding sources, and outcomes achieved. Through this mapping exercise, as well as through a review of national best practices and discussions with workforce leaders in New York City, the consultant will provide a comprehensive examination of the workforce development system, will identify national best practices for application in New York City, and will develop actionable recommendations to optimize system performance. For more information, click here.

Hub at 149th Street (due September 22, 2010) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of two parcels located within the Bronxchester Urban Renewal Area in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. The sites are prominently located near the Hub, which is one of the Bronx’s busiest commercial and retail corridors and in close proximity to mass transit. For more information, click here.

JFK Site Lease (due September 24, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking proposals for the lease of an approximately 112,466 square foot parcel of land located on Block 14260, p/o Lot 1, in the Springfield Garden/JFK Airport section of Queens (the “Site”). The Site is part of a larger City owned parcel, most of which is leased by the City to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the operation of JFK International Airport. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Flatlands Property Sale (due September 24, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, is seeking proposals for the purchase of an approximately 34,000 square foot site located at 3340 Kings Highway in Brooklyn (Block 7669, Lot 17). The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to solicit proposals from prospective respondents interested in purchasing the Site, subject to an existing ground lease between the City and Yeshiva Rambam, an educational facility. For more information, click here.

Housing and Shelter for Persons with AIDS (extended: due April 30, 2011) – For more information, click here.

121 West 125th Street Retail Space for Lease (due July 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking to lease retail spaces ranging from 800 square feet to 4,000 square feet for retail uses at 121 West 125th Street located in Manhattan. NYCEDC wishes to enter into leases with companies to provide services to residents in the neighborhood and to the neighboring communities. For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 8/16 – 8/20

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

No hearings have yet been posted for the week of August 16 – August 20

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