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Affairs and Appointments – August 28, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – August 28, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

II. This week in New York State Government

III. Request for Proposals

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule


Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and the New York Academy of Medicine Unveil Blueprint to Enhance City’s Livability for Older New Yorkers

From Left: Commissioner Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Robin Wilner, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford

Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Capalino+Company client, the New York Academy of Medicine, announced on Tuesday a series of new policies aimed at improving the quality of life for seniors.  The new policies include innovation grants for senior centers; taxi vouchers; free legal assistance; free buses to Supermarkets; discounted gym memberships; resident artists in senior centers; and a Palliative Care Summit in the Fall to encourage Safe, Active and Healthy Aging.

Policy announcement can be found here and the report – compiled by the New York Academy of Medicine – can be found here.

The New York City Council holds a Transportation Committee hearing to address concerns on air traffic over the Hudson River

Aviation experts testified at the City Council on Tuesday over ways to make the city’s air space safer following the deadly mid-air collision over the Hudson River in early August.

Coverage of the hearing can be found here and coverage of the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation can be found here.

Democratic Mayoral candidates Comptroller William Thompson and City Council Member Tony Avella debate

The two Democrats vying to challenge incumbent Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, held their first debate on Wednesday night.  Coverage of the debate can be found here

A recent Quinnipiac Poll shows Thompson leading Avella 45 to 10 percent among Democratic voters but Bloomberg leading Thompson 50 to 35 percent and leading Avella 55 to 28 percent.

The New York City Campaign Finance Board releases its 2009 Primary Guide

On Thursday, the New York City Campaign Finance Board released its guide to all the 2009 primary elections.  Information in the guide includes profiles on all of the candidates for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate and City Council.

Click here to download the NYCCFB Primary Guide.

Governor Paterson Signs 68 Bills into law, focusing on protecting children and families and encouraging economic and job development

Among the 68 bills that were signed include Amanda’s Law which mandates that certain homes install carbon monoxide detectors and a bill that prohibits using portable electronic devices, such as cell phones and smart phones, to send text messages or e-mails while driving.

The complete list of bills can be found here.

Governor Paterson, with Cornell University and other local leaders, announced a plan to create “new economy” jobs

Governor Paterson released a report entitled, “Bold Steps to the New Economy: A Jobs Plan for the People of New York” which capitalizes on federal stimulus dollars to drive economic recovery in the fields of energy, environmental protection, technology and health care.

Press release can be found here and the white paper can be downloaded here.

The following Request for Proposals have been recently issued by City and State government
  1. Bush Terminal Pier 6 (due October 1, 2009) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking proposals for the redevelopment of Pier 6 in Bush Terminal, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, located between Gowanus Bay and First Avenue, at the foot of 42nd Street.  Click here for the RFP. 

  2. Cornerstone Initiative (due October 1, 2009) – The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development is seeking qualified not-for-profit organizations to operate programs for youth and adults at community centers located in 25 NYCHA developments across New York City.  Click here for the RFP.

  3. Recovery Act – Pathways Out of Poverty (due September 29, 2009) – The Department of Labor announces the availability of approximately $150 million in grant funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) for projects that provide training and placement services to provide pathways out of poverty and into employment.  Click here for the RFP.

Public hearings for week of August 31, 2009

There are no meetings scheduled for the week of August 31, 2009.