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Affairs and Appointments – August 27, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – August 27, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Charter Revision Commission adopts two ballot questions for consideration by voters on Election Day
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Launch NYC Service ‘Timebanking’ Program on Mother Teresa Day of Service
  • City Council Passes Legislation to Inform Same-Sex Couples Where Marriages Are Available to Them; Approves 15 Penn Plaza Development

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • State of New York Receives $700 million in U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition
  • North Shore-LIJ and Village Care to Open Urgent Care Center in Lower Manhattan
  • Port Authority Board Approves Agreement that will Fully Restore WTC Site

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DORIS: Records Management Software and Related Services

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 8/30 – 9/3


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Charter Revision Commission adopts two ballot questions for consideration by voters on Election Day
At its final public hearing and meeting on Monday, the New York City Charter Revision Commission adopted two ballot questions for consideration by voters on Election Day.

City Question 1.  Term Limits:  The proposal would amend the City Charter to:

  • Reduce from three to two the maximum number of consecutive full terms that can be served by elected city officials; and
  • Make this change in term limits applicable only to those city officials who were first elected at or after the 2010 general election; and
  • Prohibit the City Council from altering the term limits of elected city officials then serving in office.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

City Question 2.  Elections and Government Administration:  The proposal would amend the City Charter to:

  • Disclosure of Independent Campaign Spending: Require public disclosure of expenditures made by entities and individuals independent from candidates to influence the outcome of a city election or referendum;
  • Ballot Access: Generally reduce the number of petition signatures needed by candidates for city elective office to appear on a ballot; 
  • Voter Assistance and Campaign Finance Board: Merge voter assistance functions, including a reconstituted Voter Assistance Advisory Committee, into the Campaign Finance Board, and change when Campaign Finance Board  member terms begin;
  • Conflicts of Interest Law: Require all public servants to receive conflicts of interest training, raise the maximum fine for a public servant who violates the City’s conflicts of interest law, and  allow the City to recover any benefits obtained from such violations;
  • City Administrative Tribunals: Authorize the Mayor to direct the merger of administrative tribunals and adjudications into the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and permit the Department of Consumer Affairs to adjudicate all violations issued by that department;
  • City Reporting Requirements and Advisory Bodies: Create a commission to review requirements for reports and advisory bodies and waive the requirements, subject to City Council review, where the commission finds they are not of continuing value; and
  • Map for Facility Siting: Include in the City’s facilities siting map those transportation and waste management facilities operated by or for governmental entities, or by private entities that provide comparable services.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

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

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Launch NYC Service ‘Timebanking’ Program on Mother Teresa Day of Service
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn launched NYC Service’s “timebanking” program on the Mother Teresa Day of Service, in honor of Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday. The timebanking program is an online clearinghouse where New Yorkers can find opportunities to give or receive services, using their time as currency. For every hour that a timebanking member provides a service or shares a skill with another member, they earn a time credit that can be redeemed for services in return.  For more information on this program, click here.

City Council Passes Legislation to Inform Same-Sex Couples Where Marriages Are Available to Them; Approves 15 Penn Plaza Development
At this week’s Stated Meeting, the Council voted to approve a proposal for 15 Penn Plaza on the Westside of Manhattan. The project will create 7,000 new jobs and will include $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements to the area.

The Council also voted on legislation cracking down on landlords who evade their legal responsibilities to their tenants by hiding behind a corporate entity. The new law requires additional, publicly available information regarding the ownership of residential buildings. In addition to improving the City’s ability to enforce the housing maintenance code which will lead to safer, more habitable housing, this legislation will also make it easier for tenants to contact their landlords in the event they have questions or concerns about their building.
Finally, the Council approved a measure that requires that the City’ Clerk’s office provide information to same-sex couples seeking domestic partnerships. The information will direct couples to jurisdictions where they can obtain marriages that would be recognized by New York State so that they can make an informed decision about options available to them.

For more information on these items, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

State of New York Receives $700 million in U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition
Governor Paterson announced this week that New York State has been awarded $696,646,000 in Race to the Top Round II stimulus education funding. During these difficult economic times, this funding will go a long way to ensure that our State’s children are given greater opportunity and access to a quality education. This new funding will help provide the foundation for academic success and the emergence of a new generation of leaders and achievers for New York State.

This award will provide between $250 million and $300 million to New York City schools to support the creation of a new teacher evaluation system, develop a more rigorous curriculum and State assessments based on the national Common Core Standards, and expand a range of proven reforms first introduced in New York City.

Click here for Governor Paterson’s statement and here for Mayor Bloomberg’s statement.

North Shore-LIJ and Village Care to Open Urgent Care Center in Lower Manhattan
The North Shore-LIJ Health System and VillageCare announced a clinical affiliation agreement to deliver a range of new health services in Lower Manhattan, including a proposal to open and operate a 24-hour urgent care center.  The urgent care center could open in the early fall if approved by the state. The urgicenter will be located at 121A W. 20th Street in a two-story building where VillageCare operates a primary care center on weekdays and Saturdays.  For more information on this announcement, click here.

Port Authority Board Approves Agreement that will Fully Restore WTC Site
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized a series of agreements (collectively known as the “Development Plan”) that will ensure the full restoration of the entire World Trade Center site. The agreement builds on significant momentum at the WTC site, following construction progress site-wide and recent announcements of a transaction with the Durst Organization and a Letter of Intent with Condé Nast.  The Development Plan follows closely the framework outlined on March 25, 2010, announced by the Port Authority, Silverstein Properties, the City of New York, and the States of New York and New Jersey, calling for the immediate restoration of the east side of the site to at least street level, the rational phase in of the site’s office towers with financing risk shared among all stakeholders, and the completion of the WTC Transportation Hub without significant additional cost or delay.  For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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.

Records Management Software and Related Services (due October 1, 2010) – This Request for Proposals (RFP) solicits proposals from qualified vendors to provide, install, and support proposed records management software and certain related services for use by the City of New York, hereafter referred to as “the City.” The outcome of the RFP will be a “Requirements Contract”.  To download the RFP, 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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On August 25, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items.  The agenda can be found here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 8/30 – 9/3

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

No hearings have yet been posted for the week of August 30 – September 3

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