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Affairs and Appointments – December 16, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – December 16, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Bucking National Trends, Mayor Bloomberg Announces Significant Drop in New York City Childhood Obesity Rates
  • Mayor Bloomberg Presides Over Bill Signing Ceremony
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Results of First Ever National Investigation Into Illegal Online Gun Sales
  • City Planning Begins Public Review on Far Reaching Zone Green Proposal
  • Department of Education Releases Fifth Annual Arts in Schools Report
  • Comptroller John C. Liu Warns European Condition Could Hurt City’s Economy

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo to Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Sexual Abuse at High Schools and Universities
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Provide Relief for Small Businesses Through Reduction of MTA Payroll Tax
  • Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Appoint Members to The Joint Commission on Public Ethics
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Approve $50 Million in Additional Relief for Areas Devastated by Flooding
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Creating Inner City Youth Employment Program

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Industrial Space Modernization
    • EDC: Skyport Parking Facility and Gas Station
    • DPR: The Renovation, Operation, and Maintenance of the Carousels at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
    • HRE: Non-Emergency Permanent Congregate Supportive Housing for Persons Living with Aids

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 12/19 – 12/23


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Bucking National Trends, Mayor Bloomberg Announces Significant Drop in New York City Childhood Obesity Rates
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced that, following years of pioneering policies to improve child nutrition and encourage exercise, obesity rates among New York City public elementary and middle school students have decreased over the past five school years across all race and ethnic groups. This marks the biggest decline in childhood obesity reported to date by any large city in the country and stands in sharp contrast to the stagnant nationwide rates. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Presides Over Bill Signing Ceremony
Intro 626-A: This bill requires the Department of Transportation to notify the Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Department of Small Business Services and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities prior to implementing a major transportation project, and also notify any local community boards that this contact took place.
Intro 666-A: The bill provides landlords with a payment alternative for addressing first time heat and hot water violations while at the same time focusing the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s resources on habitual violators.
Intro 671-A: This bill requires the Department of Transportation to post on its web site data relating to traffic and safety in a certain area prior to and after a major transportation project has been installed.
Intro 704-A: This bill maintains the additional .875% tax on the occupancy of hotel rooms throughout the City for two years.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Results of First Ever National Investigation Into Illegal Online Gun Sales
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,PoliceCommissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt announced the results of an investigation into internet gun sales, which found a vast and largely unregulated market for illegal guns, with 62 percent of private sellers willing to commit a felony by selling firearms to people who likely could not pass a background check. The investigation probed 10 websites that had 25,000 guns available for purchase and investigators contacted 125 private online gun sellers located in 14 states. The investigation included sellers on Craigslist, which prohibits the sale of firearms in its site according to its posted policies. For more information, click here.

City Planning Begins Public Review on Far Reaching Zone Green Proposal
City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden unveiled details of a comprehensive initiative to remove impediments to measures that make buildings more energy efficient and enable them to produce their own energy. The proposed zoning changes that officially entered public review would help facilitate green investment such as generating solar energy on rooftops or improving the energy efficiency of exterior walls. These changes would focus on existing buildings, which make up 85% of the buildings we will have in 2030. They would also encourage new high performance buildings. The new zoning will be complemented by upcoming proposed Green Building Amendments to the City’s energy code as well as amendments to the State Multiple Dwelling Law, changes which together are called Zone Green. For more information, click here.

Department of Education Releases Fifth Annual Arts in Schools Report
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin announced the release of the fifth Annual Arts in Schools Report. The report illustrates the current state of arts education in New York City public schools, presenting citywide data on student participation in arts programs during the school year. The Arts in Schools Report identifies areas where schools excel or need improvement based on the ArtsCount criteria, introduced in 2007 to bring greater accountability and transparency to arts education in the public schools. Since its first release in 2007, the Annual Arts in Schools Report has become a valuable tool for educators and parents to assess and improve arts education in the public schools. The 2010-11 Report illustrates that arts education remains a priority in the city public schools, despite budgetary challenges. Although overall school spending has declined, the number of arts teachers increased slightly, and more children had access to a quality arts education.For more information, click here.

City Comptroller John C. Liu Warns European Condition Could Hurt City’s Economy
City Comptroller John C. Liu warned that the City economy faces extreme downside risks from the European debt crisis and has reduced his economic and tax revenue forecasts for Fiscal Year 2012. The forecasts, part of the annual “State of the City’s Economy and Finances” report, also anticipate continued weakness in the national economy. Given the troubling outlook overall, the Mayor’s Budget Plan may face larger than expected gaps. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo to Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Sexual Abuse at High Schools and Universities
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he will introduce new legislation that will require additional persons, including coaches at high schools and colleges, to immediately report to law enforcement possible acts of child sexual abuse on their campuses.Under current law, there are no requirements for any college employees to report acts of sex abuse to law enforcement. At high schools, many educational and health care professionals are subject to mandatory reporting requirements, but coaches are not.For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Provide Relief for Small Businesses Through Reduction of MTA Payroll Tax
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo traveled to West Hempstead, Nassau County, to sign a new law that will reduce the MTA payroll tax, providing relief for more than 290,000 small businesses and more than 410,000 self-employed New Yorkers. The tax reduction is part of the Governor’s comprehensive plan, passed by the legislature last week, to create jobs and cut taxes for middle class New Yorkers, and revitalize the state’s economy. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Appoint Members to The Joint Commission on Public Ethics
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced their appointments to the new Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). JCOPE is an independent enforcement unit with broad oversight of New York State government. The Commission has robust enforcement powers to investigate violations of law and financial disclosure requirements for all elected officials and their employees in both the executive and legislative branches. JCOPE also has expanded powers to oversee lobbyists due to newly expanded disclosure rules and a broader definition of lobbying. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Approve $50 Million in Additional Relief for Areas Devastated by Flooding
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo traveled to Johnson City, Broome County, to sign into law $50 million in additional relief for areas devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. To help businesses, farms, and communities in hard hit areas, Governor Cuomo announced a series of additional measures including: $1 million to businesses in Broome and Tioga counties as part of the second round of grants from the Main Street Fund; $1.3 million in Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund grants to 143 farms in 21 counties to help cover the costs of lost livestock feed and damaged crops; and an additional $3 million for communities in the Southern Tier to hire unemployed New Yorkers as part of the Neighborhood Rebuilding Corps program. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Creating Inner City Youth Employment Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill creating "NY Youth Works," an inner city youth employment program that will combat high unemployment in the state’s metro areas. The new law includes $25 million in tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed and disadvantaged youth and $62 million to support job training programs. The Governor was joined by his colleagues from the Legislature at a bill signing ceremony held at Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York in Brooklyn. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Grant Administration and Management (December 21, 2011) – OCME has been the recipient of numerous Federal and State grants which enable us to enhance and maintain our current work in the interest of criminal justice and public health, and provide us the means to advance science in pursuit of our goals for the benefit of the public. The OCME is seeking the services of a qualified vendor to provide timely administrative services in support of grant-funded programs. The selected vendor will support these programs by assisting in the recruitment of personnel, procuring grant- mandated goods and services , and complying with all administration, reporting and documentation requirements of the grants. quickly, funds available from a source outside the City will be lost to the City. For more information, click here.

Parent Academy (December 28, 2011) – December 1, 2011 at 2:30 P.M. ET, Located at 65 Court St., Conference Room #1201, 12th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), is seeking proposals to support greater student achievement by increasing family involvement. Pursuant to the Chancellor’s Children First agenda, the NYCDOE established a parent support system, including placement of full-time parent coordinators in more than 1,600 schools. The parent support system helps give families and communities the access, information, and tools needed to be full partners in the education of the City’s public school children. The NYCDOE will contract with up to two vendors to increase family involvement in children’s education by providing workshops and training for school administrators and school-based families. Working closely with the Department of Education and key community partners, the contracted vendor(s) would be required to complete the required services in one or both of the following components:

  • School-based community training to support implementation of the five Partnerships
  • Standards for Schools and Families for Schools and Families
  • Borough-wide family workshops

The awarded vendor for Component 1 will be responsible for developing a comprehensive training curriculum and materials to support school communities as they implement the Partnership Standards. The vendor will incur the cost of advertising and all outreach to recruit schools. The awarded vendor for Component 2 will develop and deliver workshops to help families support their children’s academic success on topics delineated in the solicitation. For more information, click here.

Sponsorship of Multiservice Centers (December 29, 2011) – Human Resources Administration requests proposals by 2 p.m. on Nov. 29 for the sponsorship of multiservice centers. To make inquiries, contact William French at (212) 331-5153 or frenchw@hra.nyc.gov. 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.

Bush Terminal Piers Open Space Construction Services (December 30, 2011) – The Bush Terminal Piers Open Space Project is located within Bush Terminal, along First Avenue and largely between 43rd and 51st Streets on the Sunset Park waterfront. The project includes a comfort station, new multi-purpose fields, decorative pavements, plantings, lighting, and related improvements. Detailed submission guidelines are outlined in the Bid package. The cost of the Bid package is $150.00. The only form of payment accepted will be exact cash, certified check or money order payable to NYCEDC. For more information, click here.

Construction Services, East River Ferry Landings Mitigation (January 06, 2012) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the city of New York is issuing a public bid for project wetland mitigation to be completed as part of the East River Ferry Landings project. The subject mitigation is to be completed at Pier 7 at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn. Detailed submission guidelines are outlined in the Bid package. The cost of the Bid package is $50.00. The only form of payment accepted will be certified check or money order payable to NYCEDC. The bid package will be available for pick up at the office of NYCEDC. An optional site visit is scheduled for Friday, December 9, 2011 at 10:00 am. Attendees are requested to meet at Pier 7 at Bush Terminal. Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications, with regards to the subject matter of the project, from NYCEDC no later than Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM. These questions should be directed to eastriverferry@nycedc.com. Any questions or requests for clarifications received after this date will not be answered. Answers to all questions will be posted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 to www.nycedc.com/RFP, so as to be available to all respondents, if NYCEDC determines that such answers provide material clarification to the Bid. Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are also encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.

Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, Urban Design and Related Services (January 09, 2012) – Engineering Service Agreement (ESA) for Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, Urban Design and Related Services. A Pre-Proposal Conference (Optional) will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 10:00 AM @ 55 Water Street, Ground Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10041. For additional information, please contact Ellen Zielinski (212) 839-6478. For more information, click here.

Flushing 40th Road Land Sale (January 17, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the sale, demolition and development of a 2,500 square foot lot that contains a vacant, structurally damaged New York City Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) two-story building and partial cellar, totaling approximately 5,000 square feet. The parcel is in a prime location at 135-15 40th Rd., between Main Street and Prince Street, Block 5036, Lot 50 in Flushing, Queens (the “Site”). The Site is zoned in a C4-2 commercial district, which is designed for retail and commercial uses in dense, regional centers. The Site also allows for residential and community facility development. The Site is only 0.2 miles from Flushing Commons, a large-scale mixed use project currently under development and 0.2 miles from Sky View Center, the largest mixed use development in Queens, containing over 800,000 square feet of retail space. Through this Request for Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking developers to purchase the Site, demolish the existing structure, and develop the Site in order to achieve the stated goals below:
A successful RFP will accomplish the following goals: (1) Activate the Site with a context-sensitive development that considers the project’s relationship to the surrounding community and existing neighborhood; (2) establish a financially feasible and economically viable project, (3) maximize proceeds from the Site’s purchase price and tax revenue attributed to new development, and (4) expand and preserve quality jobs for local residents and maximize permanent employment opportunities for the City’s local and disadvantaged residents through participation in the HireNYC Program. For more information, click here.

Operation and Maintenance of the Coney Island Carousel, Food Service Facility and Special Event Concession (January 18, 2012) – In Steeplechase Park, Brooklyn. There will be a recommended proposer meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 11 am. We will be meeting in Room 407 of the Arsenal, which is located at 830 5th Avenue, in Central Park, Manhattan. If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended meeting. TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR THE DEAF (TDD) 212-504-4115. For more information, click here.

Rossville Municipal Site RFEI (January 18, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking expressions of interest for the redevelopment of up to 33 acres of the Rossville Municipal Site located at 2629 Arthur Kill Road on the Arthur Kill Channel in Richmond County, in the Rossville area of Staten Island, New York. The site is the largest New York City-owned property available for maritime development and one of the few remaining industrial waterfront properties available and suitable for shipping in the entire region. The site’s approximately 2000 linear feet of shoreline along the federally maintained Arthur Kill Channel and its easy access to a highway are major and unique assets. For more information, click here.

TIER II (January 24, 2012) – DHS is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate 4 city owned Family Shelter for homeless families located as follows: Freeman Residence located at 999 Freeman Street, Bronx, NY 10459; Seneca Residence located at 1215-25 Seneca Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474; Regent Residence, 2720 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10025 and University Residence located 1041 at University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452. A Pre- Proposal Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., located at 33 Beaver Street, 13th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10004. Attendance at the pre-proposal conference is optional but proposers are strongly encouraged to attend. Please bring appropriate identification for security clearance. For more information, click here.

The Renovation, Operation, and Maintenance of the Carousels at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (January 27, 2012) – Parks is issuing a Request for Proposals for the renovation, operation, and maintenance of the carousel and snack bar and the optional development, operation and maintenance of a family amusement venue at Forest Park, Queens; the renovation, operation, and maintenance of the carousel, the optional operation of up to three (3) mobile food units and up to two (2) souvenir carts, and the optional development, operation and maintenance of children’s amusement rides at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens Parks will hold a recommended on-site proposer meeting and site tour for the Forest Park location on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM. For more information, click here.

Skyport Parking Facility and Gas Station (January 31, 2012) – Apple Industrial Development Corp. (“Apple”) is seeking proposals from one or more experienced, professional operators operate and manage a parking facility and/or gas station within the Skyport Facility located at 2430 FDR Drive East Service Road (i.e. 23rd Street and the East River) in the Stuyvesant Cove neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Respondents may choose to submit a proposal to operate and manage either the parking facility, gas station or both. A separate proposal is required for each operation. There will be an optional information session and site visit on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from Apple no later than Friday, January 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to skyportparkingandgas@nycedc.com. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFP please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to questions and clarifications will be posted by Friday, January 20, 2012, to www.nycedc.com/RFP. For more information, click here.

Coney Stillwell RFEI (February 13, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), is seeking proposals from qualified developers and/or commercial businesses to purchase and redevelop an approximately 48,580 square foot property (“Site”) located at 2658 Stillwell Avenue on the Coney Island peninsula in southern Brooklyn. Situated just south of the Belt Parkway, the Site is a highly visible and accessible parcel positioned at the gateway to the world famous amusement area, which is undergoing an exciting revitalization and ongoing transformation.This RFEI is not a formal offering of the Site. However NYCEDC reserves the right to enter into negotiations with respondent(s) on the basis of the responses to this RFEI without engaging in further processes. NYCEDC and the City reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to withdraw the RFEI; to choose to discuss various approaches with one or more respondents (including those not responding to the RFEI); and/or to use the ideas or proposals submitted in any manner deemed to be in the best interests of NYCEDC and the City, including but not limited to soliciting competitive submissions relating to such ideas or proposals. NYCEDC and the City likewise reserve the right, at any time, to change any terms of the RFEI. 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.

Industrial Space Modernization (December 12, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (the “City”), is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, organizations or companies (“Respondents”) to renovate and reactivate, via subdivision, privately-held vacant industrial building/space(s) in New York City that face challenges leasing to modern manufacturers and industrial companies. NYCEDC, in cooperation with the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), intends to disburse up to $8 million from the City Council Small Manufacturing Investment Fund (the “Industrial Fund”) to incentivize one or more property owners and developers to make capital improvements related to the subdivision and modernization of their industrial spaces. Both not-for-profit and for-profit Respondents are encouraged to submit proposals. The primary programmatic goal for the use of the funds is the subdivision of large floor plates tailored to the space needs of smaller industrial businesses throughout New York City as described above. Secondary programmatic goals for the Industrial Fund include, but are not limited to:
1. Improvement of space where leasing ability has been limited due to a lack of capital investment
2. Preservation of existing industrial space at affordable rents
3. Modernization of obsolete industrial space
4. Investment in raw industrial space to make available for leasing
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.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our new feature Food for Thought presents recently issued policy or research reports which you may find of interest.

Analysis of Income Distribution in NYC and Relative NYC Personal Income Tax Burden

In a response to a letter from Councilmember James S. Oddo, to the Independent Budget Office (IBO) requesting “data on the distribution of New York City residents’ incomes, tax liabilities and tax credits,” the IBO has released an analysis with estimations on the distributions of income and city personal income tax liabilities. The IBO used estimates derived from a 2009 sample of New York State personal income tax returns compiled by the Department of Taxation and Finance Office of Tax Analysis. The findings illustrate, that the so-called 1% (about 34,598 payers) have a “minimum income of…approximately $493,439 with an average income per filer of $2,247,515.” The analysis also states that “to be a member of the top 10% in New York City requires a minimum income of $105,368. The top 10% of city taxpayers (about 345,169 payers) accounts for 71.2% of the city personal income tax. The top 1%, or about 34,598 people, pays 43.2% of the total burden. About 1.18 million filers pay no New York City personal income taxes at all, and some who live in poverty receive ‘refund’ payments of the values of their earned income tax credit, child care and dependent care credit." To view the entire report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 12/19 – 12/23

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Monday, December 19, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Monday, December 19, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: For more information, click here.