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Affairs and Appointments – August 20, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – August 20, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Release City’s Most Comprehensive Pedestrian Safety Study to Date and Announce Installation of 1,500 Pedestrian Countdown Signals Across the City
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Bills into Law Including a Package of Legislation to Amend the City’s Recycling Law
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Comprehensive New Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy in City Schools

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson, Conference Leader Sampson and Speaker Silver Sign MOU to Develop Aqueduct Racetrack
  • Governor Paterson Signs “Ian’s Law” to Enhance Health Insurance Protections
  • New York State Senate Launches Nation’s First iPad App for Legislation

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DFTA: Two-Stage Congregate Services Procurement Process
    • EDC: Due Diligence Services for Property Portfolio Acquisition RFP
    • EDC: Passenger Ferry Landing at Williamsburg IFB

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 8/23 – 8/27


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Release City’s Most Comprehensive Pedestrian Safety Study to Date and Announce Installation of 1,500 Pedestrian Countdown Signals Across the City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan released the City’s most comprehensive pedestrian safety report to date, which found that pedestrian fatalities occur disproportionately along multi-lane streets and avenues, and that speeding, driver inattention and failure to yield are the underlying factors behind the vast majority of pedestrian fatalities or serious injury accidents. The report – the Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan – recommends a series of actions to continue to reduce pedestrian accidents, including pilot programs to reduce speed limits to 20 m.p.h. and street redesigns to increase pedestrian safety. In addition to releasing the report, the Mayor, Speaker and Commissioner announced the conclusion of the City’s pedestrian countdown signal pilot program.

For more information, click here, to download the Pedestrian Safety Study & Action Plan, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Bills into Law Including a Package of Legislation to Amend the City’s Recycling Law
The bills Mayor Bloomberg signed include:

  • Intros 141-A, 142-A, 147-A, 148-A, 156-A, 157-A, 158-A, 162-A, 164-A, 165-A, and 171-A – a comprehensive legislative package aimed at revising and updating the City’s 21-year-old recycling law. For more information, click here.
  • Intro 194-A (Gennaro) – To promote the use of clean heating oil.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Comprehensive New Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy in City Schools
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the first steps of an ambitious new program by the Department of Education and other City agencies to reduce chronic absenteeism and truancy during the school year that starts next month. The program is called “Every Student. Every Day” and was developed by the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism led by John Feinblatt, the Mayor’s Chief Advisor for Policy and Strategic Planning. Among the tactics announce include:

  • Innovative new mentoring program for 1,500 at-risk students at targeted school;
  • New student success data dashboard to help target and reduce truancy;
  • Comprehensive outreach campaign during crucial first months of school; and
  • New partnerships with community based organization and homeless services.

For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson, Conference Leader Sampson and Speaker Silver Sign MOU to Develop Aqueduct Racetrack
Governor David A. Paterson, Senate Conference Leader John Sampson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced their approval of the Division of Lottery’s recommendation to award Genting New York the right to develop and operate a video lottery terminal facility at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. Genting New York’s selection follows an extensive evaluation process modeled after State procurement rules. For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson Signs “Ian’s Law” to Enhance Health Insurance Protections
Governor David A. Paterson announced he has signed “Ian’s Law” into law, which will enhance protections for consumers in case a health insurer or health maintenance organization (HMO) discontinues a class of policies or contracts. Governor Paterson was joined by the Pearl family, Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell in highlighting the passage and enactment of this legislation. For more information, click here.

New York State Senate Launches Nation’s First iPad App for Legislation
The New York State Senate announced availability of “NYSenate for iPad,” the first application in the nation developed by a legislative body for the Apple iPad. The application can be downloaded for free today from the Apple iTunes App Store. Like its predecessor, NYSenate Mobile for iPhones and Android phones, NYSenate for iPad brings New Yorkers closer to their elected officials, making comprehensive access to Senate information and content from all New York State Senators available any time, anywhere – citizens, staff, and journalists can use the app to search for bill information, contact their Senator, review event calendars, read Senator’s blogs, watch archived video of Senate Session, Committee Meetings and Public Hearings, and even submit Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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.

Passenger Ferry Landing at Williamsburg IFB (due September 8, 2010) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, is issuing a public bid for the Passenger Ferry Landing at Williamsburg Project (the “Bid”). The scope of work is primarily for the construction of a new ferry landing (barge and gangway) which will be a critical link in New York City’s proposed East River ferry service. Other related work will include, but is not limited to, installation of new piles. 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.

Two-Stage Congregate Services Procurement Process (due September 13, 2010)DFTA would like to test the feasibility of procuring senior congregate services contracts thru a “two-stage” procurement process that – in the long term – is projected to decrease processing time, reduce the volume and complexity of paperwork required by the vendor community, and promote innovation in the development of programs and services, by providing a vehicle for the evaluation of proposals with varying types of program designs. If this new method is successful, DFTA also hopes that it may promote cross-program and cross-agency award solicitations. The proposed method involves a two-stage process beginning with a prequalification process, which will comport in all respects with PPB Rule Section 3-10, except as modified in the manner described herein. For the second stage of the process, the agency will follow a negotiated acquisition solicitation process, which will comport with PPB Rule Sections 3-04 (b)(4-6) and (d). For more information, click here.

Due Diligence Services for Property Portfolio Acquisition RFP (due September 17, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), as part of its mission, manages and develops real property on behalf of the City. A new portfolio of large-scale ground-leased commercial properties is about to transition to New York City ownership. This portfolio will be administered and managed by NYCEDC on behalf of the City. As part of the deed transfer, the Consultant will conduct due diligence related to the acquisition of the portfolio of properties and assist NYCEDC in completing an organized and orderly transition of ownership. 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 8/23 – 8/27

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Monday, August 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Monday, August 23
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Monday, August 23
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Tuesday, August 24
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Submitting the name of Joel A. Forman to the Council for its advice and consent regarding his appointment to the Board of Health

Committee on Housing & Buildings
Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 87 – Filing of registration statements by owners of dwellings

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Reso 370 – Amendments to the 34th Street BID
Reso 1470 – Approving new designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in Fiscal 2011 Expense Budget

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street

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