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Affairs and Appointments – December 11, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – December 11, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg signs 5 new bills aimed mostly at regulating construction
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn announce passage of landmark package of legislation to create greener, greater buildings in New York City
  • Speaker Quinn announces “FoodWorks New York”
  • City Council Passes the Fresh Zoning Program

II. This week in New York State Government

  • MTA announces a $200 million budget shortfall
  • Governor Paterson signs Tier V pension reform into law

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week:
    • Dept of Education: Department of Education Service Provider
    • EDC: 2010 New Markets Tax Credit Program Applicant RFP
    • EDC: Consultant Services, NYC Capital Access Revolving Loan Guarantee Program
    • Battery Park City Authority: Pier A RFQ
    • EDC: NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center

IV. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

V. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of December 14-18


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg signs 5 new bills aimed mostly at regulating construction
    Mayor Bloomberg this week signed the following bills into law:

    1. Intro 998-A (Quinn/Gerson) – Regulates simultaneous demolition work and asbestos abatement activities within the same building.

    2. Intro 138-A (Vallone) – Regulates the use of security gates and grilles on commercial premises.

    3. Intro 1076-A (Felder) – Increases public awareness of changes in parking regulations.

    4. Intro 935-A (Gennaro) – Prevents potential backflow of contaminants from buildings into the public water system.

    5. Intro 1057 (Weprin) – Expands the boundaries of the Times Square Alliance to include One Bryant Park.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn announce passage of landmark package of legislation to create greener, greater buildings in New York City
    Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn announced the passage of landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing government, commercial, and residential buildings in New York City. The six-point Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, introduced on Earth Day and enacted as part ofPlaNYC, includes four bills that will dramatically reduce the City’s energy usage, saving consumers $700 million annually in energy costs, while creating 17,880 jobs and reducing New York City’s carbon footprint. Specifically, the bills passed include:

    1. Intro 967-A (Gennaro) – Requires owners of existing buildings over 50,000 square feet to conduct energy efficiency audits every ten years and to optimize building efficiency with focused maintenance. This bill also requires that City-owned buildings retrofit systems when audits show such work would generate an energy-cost-savings pay-back in seven years or less.

    2. Intro 476-A (Mark-Viverito) — Makes building energy performance more transparent by requiring large buildings to “benchmark” their energy and water consumption annually, making use of a free, online tool provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    3. Intro 973-A (Recchia) — Requires lighting upgrades by 2025 in commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet. Such upgrades include the installation of sensors and controls, as well as more efficient light fixtures.

    4. Intro 564-A (Garodnick) — Creates a local New York City Energy Codeand require that new equipment installed during a renovation must meet current efficiency standards by removing a unique New York State amendment exempting a significant number of building renovations from the New York State Energy Code.

    For more information on this historic package of legislation, click here and here.

  3. Speaker Quinn announces “FoodWorks New York”
    Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced “FoodWorks New York”, a new effort by the City Council to produce the first ever comprehensive plan to use New York City’s food system to create jobs, improve public health and protect the environment. The goals of the program include:

    • Improve the city’s food infrastructure.
    • Create new and better jobs in the food industry.
    • Keep more local food dollars in the local economy.
    • Reduce diet related diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
    • Reduce environmental damage from the production, transport, and consumption of food.

    For more information, please click here.

  4. City Council Passes the Fresh Zoning Program
    Creating broad and innovative strategies to encourage the establishment of new grocery stores and help existing operators upgrade stores in underserved areas, the Council approved the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program.FRESH provides zoning and financial incentives to property owners, developers and grocery store operators in areas of New York City that currently have limited levels of local grocery stores. FRESH is the first program in the country to provide a combination of zoning and financial incentives across multiple communities. For more information, please click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. MTA announces a $200 million budget shortfall
    According to the New York Times, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s revenue projections are suddenly running $200 million below what was expected, while the agency is coping with $143 million in cuts in state financing, agency officials said on Monday. For more information, click here.

  2. Governor Paterson signs Tier V pension reform into law
    Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law pension reform legislation that will provide more than $35 billion in long-term savings to New York taxpayers over the next thirty years. The legislation creates a new Tier V pension level, the most significant reform of the State’s pension system in more than a quarter-century. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. Coney Island Amusement Operator RFP (due December 18, 2009) — New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking proposals for the development and operation of an amusement park and/or ancillary entertainment attractions in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The amusement park is envisioned to be a central and integral part of the Coney Island entertainment district, and will advance the City’s redevelopment goals for Coney Island by enhancing the amusement and entertainment experience of the neighborhood. This RFP presents a unique opportunity to develop the centerpiece of this historic, thriving, urban entertainment destination. For more information, click here.

  2. General Investment Consultant (due December 18, 2009) The Teachers Retirement System of the City of New York is seeking the services of qualified professionals to provide general investment consulting/advisory services. RFP can be found here.

  3. Internet Service Provider (due January 5, 2010) — This RFB will provide the NYC Department of Education (DOE) with two vendors to provide Internet access to all DOE schools and administrative offices. RFB can be found here.

  4. 2010 New Markets Tax Credit Program Applicant RFP (due January 20, 2010)The New York City Department of Economic Development (NYCEDC) is seeking a company to collaborate with on the application for, and deployment of, New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”). RFP can be found here.

  5. Consultant Services, NYC Capital Access Revolving Loan Guarantee Program (due January 25, 2010)— NYCEDC, in cooperation with the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), is seeking commercial lenders and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) who make loans to businesses in New York City with 100 or fewer employees. A total of $4.5MM in guaranty funding is expected to be available with approximately $3MM of the total provided by UMEZ specifically for loans made to Upper Manhattan Businesses. As the initial loans mature, NYCEDC expects to re-use the guaranty capital to guaranty additional small-business loans. RFP can be found here.

  6. Pier A RFQ (due January 29, 2010)— Battery Park City Authority seeks qualifications from interested parties to lease, operate and maintain Pier A, a 38,725 square foot building, at the southwestern tip of Manhattan. Through the RFQ, BPCA aims to solicit qualifications from prospective bidders and generate programming concepts that would enhance the public profile of this historically significance structure. The RFP can be found here.

  7. East New York Industrial Site (due February 1, 2010)NYC EDC is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of seven (7) sites varying in size between 2,000 square feet and 19,600 square feet in the East New York section of Brooklyn. RFP can be found here.

  8. Development, Maintenance and Operation of an Indoor Tennis and Sports Facility (due February 24, 2010) – The Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking a firm to develop, maintain and operate an indoor tennis and sports facility in the East River Park in Manhattan at Delancey Street. For more information, click here.

  9. NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center (due February 25, 2010)— The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) intends to issue a request for proposals (“RFP”) for the creation and maintenance of a NYC building technology innovation center, seeking responses from capable academic or non-profit institutions. The purpose of this RFP is to promote economic development in NYC by fostering a building technology cluster in NYC around the Center’s work and resulting business activity. RFP can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On December 9, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items. The agenda can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 14

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Veterans
Date: Monday, December 14
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Housing Options for Veterans in NYC.
Reso 2256 – Approve, legislation revising the priority occupancy clauses of the Mitchell-Lama housing program.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Monday, December 14
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Will TLC’s livery stand and taxi group ride pilot projects improve service for riders?
Intro 662 – Clergy parking permits.
Intro 907 – Establishing a grace period for certain parking violations.
Intro 1688 – Mayors veto and disapproval message, Int. No. 662-A, clergy parking permits.
Intro 1689 – Mayors veto and disapproval message, Int. No. 907, establishing a grace period for certain parking violations.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Monday, December 14
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 1093 – Firefighter applicants who have completed high school in the city.

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with Committee on Immigration)
Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: 9 Bond Street – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Agenda: Tour: Department of Small Business Services / Business Solutions Center

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: To be determined

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Can be found here.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Mitchell-Lama Housing

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Date: Wednesday, December 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – The Impact of the Recession on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment.

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Wednesday, December 16th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: To be determined

Committee on Technology in Government (Jointly with Committee on Economic Development)
Date: Wednesday, December 16th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Promoting the High Technology Business Sector in New York City.

Committee on Education
Date: Wednesday, December 16th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – DOE’s Capital Plan Amendment

Committee on Juvenile Justice (Jointly with Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – ACS’ Juvenile Justice Initiative

Subcommittee on Public Housing
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – NYCHA’s Pet Policy

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: 33-00 Northern Boulevard – 3rd Floor
Agenda: Tour: MATERIALS FOR THE ARTS WAREHOUSE

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Youth Services
Date: Friday, December 18th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Should we increase the capacity of afterschool programs to offer environmental education and stewardship activities as part of their programs, and if so, how may this best be accomplished?

Committee on Contracts
Date: Friday, December 18th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the New York City Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime Contract.