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Affairs and Appointments – August 5, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – August 5, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Launches Nation’s Most Comprehensive Effort To Tackle Disparities Between Young Black And Latino Males And Their Peers
  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Department Of Environmental Protection Commissioner Caswell F. Holloway Deputy Mayor For Operations, Replacing Stephen Goldsmith
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Health Commissioner Farley Announce That One In Three Restaurant In New York City Automatically Saved Money By Earning And Keeping ‘A’S – Over $3 Million In Fines Waived Over Last Six Months
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Squadron and Assembly Member Millman Announce Agreement on Next Phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • New York City CouncilApproves Comprehensive FoodWorks Legislation to Improve theNew York City Food Systemand Encourage Environmental Sustainability and Approves Rezoning of Sunnyside-Woodside
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Walcott Announce That January Regents Exams Will Take Place, Thanks to Private Donor Funding
  • NYC DOT Announces Installation Of Pedestrian Countdown Signals On Grand Concourse
  • NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan Invites New Yorkers To Come Out For Summer Streets 2011

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Signs Power NY Legislation
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Land Bank Legislation
  • Governor Cuomo Launches Regional Council Chairman’s Committee
  • Governor Cuomo Announces First Meetings of the Regional Councils
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Domestic Violence Firearm Protection Legislation
  • Governor Cuomo Orders Statewide Review of Executive Compensation at Taxpayer Supported Not-for-profits
  • Governor Cuomo Announces that he has Approved or Vetoed Legislation

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • BBP: Pier 1 Hotel and Residential Development
    • OOC: Website Enhancement Project
    • OOC: U.S. Equity Active Small Capitalization Managers Investment Management Services

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 8/8 – 8/12


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Launches Nation’s Most Comprehensive Effort To Tackle Disparities Between Young Black And Latino Males And Their Peers
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the launch of the Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. This cross-agency enterprise is the culmination of 18 months of work begun when the Mayor committed in his 2010 State of the City address to find new ways to tackle the crisis. Through broad policy changes and agency reforms over the next three years, a public-private partnership will invest more than $127 million in programs that will connect young men to educational, employment, and mentoring opportunities across more than a dozen city agencies. Mayor Bloomberg announced the Initiative at a breakfast co-hosted by the Council of Urban Professionals and the New America Alliance at the offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was joined by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, President of the Eagle Academy Foundation David Banks, President of the New York Women’s Foundation Ana Oliveira, and George Soros.For more information, click here and click here to download The Young Men’s Initiative Report.

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Department Of Environmental Protection Commissioner Caswell F. Holloway Deputy Mayor For Operations, Replacing Stephen Goldsmith
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Caswell F. Holloway, who has served as the City’s Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection since 2010, Deputy Mayor for Operations. Holloway replaces Stephen Goldsmith, who is leaving to pursue private-sector opportunities in infrastructure finance. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Health Commissioner Farley Announce That One In Three Restaurant In New York City Automatically Saved Money By Earning And Keeping ‘A’S – Over $3 Million In Fines Waived Over Last Six Months
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced on the year anniversary of restaurant letter grading that one-third of the city’s restaurant owners saved an estimated $3 million by earning A grades when inspected in the last six months. As the Mayor had committed in the January 2011 State of the City address, any restaurant that earned an A – either on its initial inspection or on a re-inspection – would not have to pay one penny in fines for any sanitary violations found on that inspection. As a result of this incentive 8,000 high-mark establishments saw their fines waived. Currently, sixty-nine percent of the city’s graded eateries have an A grade for meeting the City’s high standard for sanitation and food safety. One such A-recipient is Spark’s Deli in Long Island City where the Mayor was joined by Deputy Mayor Gibbs, New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, Health Commissioner Farley, and restaurant owners Antonio and Jose Araujo. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Squadron and Assembly Member Millman Announce Agreement on Next Phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, State Senator Daniel L. Squadron and Assembly Member Joan L. Millman announced an agreement on the future construction and ongoing maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The agreement finalizes a plan to ensure that a long-term revenue stream is in place to pay for the park’s annual maintenance, while allowing the next phases of construction to move forward. For more information, click here.

New York City CouncilApproves Comprehensive FoodWorks Legislation to Improve theNew York City Food Systemand Encourage Environmental Sustainability and Approves Rezoning of Sunnyside-Woodside
At the Stated meeting the Council voted on five pieces of legislation and several resolutions as part of the Food Works initiative. The legislation aims to encourage regional farming, facilitate the identification of city property for gardens or agricultural use and decrease the city’s waste and energy usage, while also increasing the transparency of the city’s progress toward better nutritional outcomes and public health. The bills were first announced in Speaker Quinn’s FoodWorks initiative late last year. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Walcott Announce That January Regents Exams Will Take Place, Thanks to Private Donor Funding
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced that they have secured $1.5 million in private funding that will allow students across the state to take the New York State Education Department Regents Exams in January 2012. Previously, the New York State Education Department said that it would not offer the January exams for high school students beginning in 2012, after the Board of Regents voted to eliminate them due to budget cuts. For more information, click here.

NYC DOT Announces Installation Of Pedestrian Countdown Signals On Grand Concourse
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and City Council Transportation Committee Chair James Vacca announced that pedestrian countdown signals are being installed at 49 intersections along the Bronx’s Grand Concourse to help pedestrians safely cross at intersections from East 140th Street to Mosholu Parkway. Commissioner Sadik-Khan also announced that work is under way to install countdown signals at 1,500 intersections citywide identified in last year’s landmark Pedestrian Safety Study & Action Plan. For more information, click here.

NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan Invites New Yorkers To Come Out For Summer Streets 2011
First-time attractions including 25-foot rock climbing wall, first-ever competitive cook off, and sand castles build on outstanding legacy of free, family-friendly activities New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner (DOT) Janette Sadik-Khan reminded New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy nearly seven miles of car-free streets in Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park open to free fun, family- friendly activities and healthy recreation for three Saturdays this month—Aug. 6, 13 and 20—from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as to participate in the nine remaining Weekend Walks taking place citywide over the coming weeks. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Signs Power NY Legislation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed The Power NY Act of 2011, an omnibus energy package that encourages new investments in electric generating facilities across New York and creates the nation’s first statewide “on-bill” recovery program to increase energy efficiency for homeowners and businesses. The new law will create thousands of jobs and set the state on a course of reliable, cleaner energy while strengthening environmental protections. For more information, click here.

Governor Coumo Signs Land Bank Legislation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law allowing municipalities to create land banks to convert vacant properties into uses that support community revitalization. Land banks are local entities authorized to take control and redevelop vacant or abandoned properties to where they can better serve the public interest. With many Upstate municipalities suffering from an overabundance in vacant and abandoned properties due to population losses, land banks will give cities and counties a new tool to rebuild communities and foster local economic development. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo announced that he has approved or vetoed the following legislation:
This week, Governor Cuomo both approved and vetoed numerous pieces of legislation. For a list of the legislation that was acted upon, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces First Meetings of the Regional Councils
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Regional Councils for economic development will begin meeting this week at college and university campuses in every region of the state. The first meeting will be the Western New York Regional Council on Wednesday morning at the University at Buffalo with all ten councils holding meetings throughout the following ten days. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Domestic Violence Firearm Protection Legislation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law to ensure that individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors will be barred from legally purchasing firearms. Under the new law, when a defendant is convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor offense in New York, the court will determine whether the crime is related or situated to the federal domestic violence statute and if so, transmit the defendant’s information to the Division of Criminal Justice Services which passes it on to the NICS. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Orders Statewide Review of Executive Compensation at Taxpayer Supported Not-for-profits
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has created a new task force to investigate the executive and administrator compensation levels at not-for-profits that receive taxpayer support from the state. The task force will be led by the New York State Inspector General Ellen Biben, Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, the Medicaid Inspector General Jim Cox, and the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Additions to Not-For-Profit Task Force
Governor Cuomo announced that Senator Carl L. Marcellino and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, chairmen of the Senate and Assembly Governor Operations Committee, will join the Governor’s task force to investigate the executive and administrator compensation levels at not-for-profits that receive taxpayer support from the state. Governor Cuomo also announced that Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky will chair the taskforce. Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner of Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, will also serve on the taskforce. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

The following Request for Proposals have been recently issued by City and State government
Standardized Pedestrian Way Finding System For New York City (due August 8, 2011) – For more information, click here.

Charleston Environmental Planning Work (due August 8, 2011)NYCEDC is seeking proposals for Environmental and Planning Work (EPW) to create a master site plan, conduct an environmental review, prepare necessary ULURP applications, and related studies to facilitate the proposed development of City-owned land in Charleston, Staten Island (the “Charleston Site”). The proposed mixed-use development of the Charleston Site will include: two retail parcels, a new public park, a new public school, a new public library, senior housing, and the mapping of Englewood Avenue. For more information, click here.

Five Boroughs Labor Services, Consultant Services (due August 9, 2011)New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant to provide on-site training, supervision and labor for general maintenance services including, but not limited to, graffiti removal, vacant lot cleanup, cleaning out and/or securing of City-owned buildings, minor landscaping, minor concrete work, minor carpentry work, debris removal from City streets, litter removal from City-owned properties, snow removal and other general maintenance services at locations designated by NYCEDC throughout the City of New York. For more information, click here.

Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion and Berthing Spaces (due August 9, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the City of New York, acting through its Department of Small Business Services, is issuing a request for proposals from qualified individuals or organizations (“Respondents”, each a “Respondent”) in connection with the City’s award of a lease (or leases) or other occupancy agreements covering the following sites located on Pier 15 along the East River in Lower Manhattan:
(1) Enclosed pavilion space on the western portion of Pier 15 (the “Maritime Pavilion”).
(2) Berthing and tie-up space on the south, east, and northeast sides of Pier 15
(3) At Respondent’s option, permanent and/or transient berthing and tie-up space along the north side apron of Pier 15
Pier 15 and associated Maritime Pavilion and berth areas are being constructed as part of the larger East River Esplanade Project, which is intended to transform the waterfront area into a new pedestrian-friendly, publicly-accessible open space. For more information, click here.

Architectural and Engineering Services (due August 10, 2011)All Proposers are encouraged to attend the Pre-Proposal Conference which will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 10:00am-Noon at New York City Housing Authority. Licensed qualified firms shall have a minimum of five years experience as an ongoing concern and must have provided Professional Services on projects of similar magnitude. 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.

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.

Earlylearn (due September 12, 2011) – The New York Children’s Services (ACS) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide quality early care and education services within all five New York City boroughs. 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.

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 8/8 – 8/12

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

There are no hearings scheduled at this time.

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