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Affairs and Appointments – December 17, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – December 17, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Releases Report Showing that Nonpartisan Redistricting Would Increase Competition, Choice and Accountability for New Yorkers
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Suit Against Out-of-State Cigarette Manufacturer for Illegal Sales
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Goldsmith Announce the Appointment of Wayne A. Rustin as Citywide Chief Human Capital Officer
  • Mayor Bloomberg, MTA Chairman and CEO Jay Walder and Council Speaker Quinn Announce Pilot to Use Yellow Cabs in Access-a-Ride Program to Lower Costs and Increase Customer Convenience
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Initiative to Develop a New Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Campus to Bloster City’s Innovative Economy
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Changes to Oversight of City Time Project and Office of Payroll Administration
  • Comptroller Liu Issues New Online Report Card to Increase Opportunities for All New Yorkers Doing Business with the City
  • Mayor Bloomberg Plans Capital Spending Cut
  • Public Advocate DeBlasio Releases Report on Impact of Citizens United in 2010 Elections

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Signs Wage Theft Prevention Act
  • State Department of Labor to Set New Wage and Tip Rules for Restaurants

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DHS: City-Owned Single Room Occupancy Residences
    • DOE: Learning-to-Work Programs for Young Adult Borough Centers, Transfer Schools, New Pathways Schools and GED Programs
    • EDC: Applied Sciences, Consultant Services

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 12/20 – 12/24


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Releases Report Showing That Nonpartisan Redistricting Would Increase Competition, Choice and Accountability for New Yorkers
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg released a report showing that nonpartisan reforms to the redistricting process can increase the competitiveness of legislative elections at the state and federal level. In the most recent elections, the report found that across the country, 49 percent of candidates elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and 57 percent of candidates elected to state legislatures won their races with margins of victory greater than 30 points, or faced no opposition at all. States with nonpartisan redistricting had races that were, on average, 14 percent closer for the state legislature and 24% closer for congress, and candidates in state legislative districts drawn through a nonpartisan process were 20 percent less likely to run unopposed. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Suit Against Out-of-State Cigarette Manufacturer for Illegal Sales
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo announced a lawsuit filed by the City in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the King Mountain Tobacco Company and its owners for illegally selling and distributing untaxed cigarettes in New York. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Goldsmith Announce the Appointment of Wayne A. Rustin as Citywide Chief Human Capital Officer
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith announced that Wayne A. Rustin has been appointed to oversee human capital planning, policy and operations of all mayoral agencies as the City’s first Chief Human Capital Officer. Mr. Rustin will lead the implementation of the human resources management and civil service reforms called for in the shared services report the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Goldsmith issued in July. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, MTA Chairman and CEO Jay Walder and Council Speaker Quinn Announce Pilot to Use Yellow Cabs in Access-a-Ride Program to Lower Costs and Increase Customer Convenience
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced a pilot program to use yellow taxi cabs to pickup and drop-off MTA Access-A-Ride customers, with the rides paid for with pre-paid debit cards. The pilot program is expected to reduce the MTA’s per trip cost for Access-A-Ride trips by nearly 70 percent and improve service for Access-A-Ride users. Access-A-Ride is the MTA’s program to provide transportation for people with disabilities, who are unable to use public bus or subway service, with 24-hour, door-to-door service. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Initiative to Develop a New Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Campus to Bloster City’s Innovative Economy
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky announced that the City is seeking responses from a university, applied science organization or related institution to develop and operate an applied sciences research facility in New York City. In order to maintain a diverse and competitive economy, and capture the considerable growth occurring within the science, technology and research fields, the City is looking to strengthen its applied sciences capabilities, particularly in fields which lend themselves to commercialization. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Changes to Oversight of City Time Project and Office of Payroll Administration
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that he and City Comptroller John C. Liu have suspended Office of Payroll Administration Executive Director Joel Bondy without pay effective immediately, pending further developments in the investigation into allegations of fraud involving the CityTime project. The Office Payroll Administration, which had overseen implementation of the CityTime project, is jointly controlled by the Mayor and New York City Comptroller, as defined by the City Charter. For more information, click here.

Comptroller Liu Issues New Online Report Card to Increase Opportunities for All New Yorkers Doing Business with the City
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu launched an unprecedented, online report card that for the first time sheds light on the city’s failure to spend with minority- and women-owned businesses. “M/WBE Report Card NYC” gives the public user-friendly, interactive data that graphically presents just how much — or how little — each city agency spends from its eligible budget with minority- and women-owned business enterprises. The report card can be found at www.mymoneynyc.com. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Plans Capital Spending Cut
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, faced with the prospect of budget deficits, wants a 20 percent cut in spending for construction and maintenance of city-owned buildings and infrastructure. Budget Director Mark Page asked agency heads to revise their 10-year strategies for capital spending and report the status of all projects with explanations for delays, according to a Dec. 14 memorandum. Responses are due Jan. 5. For more information, click here.

Public Advocate DeBlasio Releases Report on Impact of Citizens United in 2010 Elections
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a comprehensive report analyzing the broad impact of U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in the 2010 election cycle. The report catalogs that the Court’s decision led to significant secret spending this election cycle and that groups which kept their funders hidden from the public spent more money on negative ads than groups that adhered to pre-Citizens United disclosure rules. To download the report, click here. For more information on this announcement, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Signs Wage Theft Prevention Act
Governor David A. Paterson signed into law S.8380/A.11726, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, which addresses the failure by employers to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime by requiring annual notifications of wages, expanding notifications, enhancing available remedies for wage law violations and strengthening whistleblower protections. The Governor also announced that he has acted on ten additional bills. For more information, click here.

State Department of Labor to Set New Wage and Tip Rules for Restaurants
A major overhaul of the hospitality industry is imminent, as the state Department of Labor this week filed a long-awaited wage order that sets out wide-ranging guidelines on workers’ tips and pay. Starting Jan. 1, the changes include an increase to $5 from $4.65 in the minimum hourly wage rate for tipped food-service employees. Minimum wages for service employees earning tips will rise to $5.65 from $4.90, while tipped service employees working in resort hotels will earn a minimum wage of $4.90 rather than $4.35. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

City-Owned Tier II Residential Shelters (due December 21, 2010) – The Department of Homeless Services is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate city-owned Tier II Residential Shelters for Homeless Families located at Blake Avenue in Brooklyn, Briarwood in Queens and Nelson Avenue Shelter in the Bronx. Tier II residences, To download the RFP, click here.

Gifted and Talented Assessment Program (due January 5, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Division of Performance and Accountability, is seeking proposals to provide a standardized, comprehensive testing program aimed at identifying qualified students for placement into Gifted and Talented (G and T) programs throughout the city. For more information, click here.

Fatherhood Program (due January 10, 2011) – Building on the success of a hallmark Fatherhood Initiative begun in 2002, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is seeking appropriately qualified organizations to operate Fatherhood Programs in New York City (City). Each Fatherhood Program will address the needs of non-custodial fathers aged 16 and over. There will be separate competitions for three specific groups: young fathers (16 to 24 years of age), fathers over 24 years of age, and fathers with prior involvement in the criminal justice system. To download this RFP, click here.

Learning-to-Work Programs for Young Adult Borough Centers, Transfer Schools, New Pathways Schools and GED Programs (due January 11, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is seeking proposals from experienced organizations eligible to provide specialized support services to students who are over-age and under-credited in our secondary schools. The purpose is to provide direct services to students who need additional support in order to successfully complete appropriate academic requirements, as well as assisting the students in the development of career readiness skills and planning for post-secondary experiences. For more information, click here.

M/W/DBE Mobilization Loan Program, Consultant Services, RFP (due January 13, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking commercial lenders and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to make business loans to certified minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (“M/W/DBE(s)”) that hold contracts on NYCEDC construction projects. The loans are to be utilized to meet long lead equipment, material and/or labor costs related to projects. For more information, click here.

Former Taystee Bakery Complex RFEI (due January 19, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Taystee Bakery complex (the “Site”) located in the West Harlem neighborhood of New York, New York. To download the RFEI, click here.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Restaurant Concession RFP (due January 25, 2011) – Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a restaurant concession on Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue, the southern gateway to the Park. The restaurant concession includes the 2,000 sq. ft. indoor restaurant, an adjacent outdoor terrace and a rooftop seating area. This premier location provides a unique opportunity to lease, fit out, and operate a waterfront restaurant in a beautiful park setting. For more information and to download the RFP, click here.

City-Owned Single Room Occupancy Residences (due January 26, 2011) – The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate and manage four City-owned Single Room Occupancy (SRO) residences located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. To download the RFP, click here.

Bush Terminal Ground-Up Development (due January 28, 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. Through this Request For Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking developers or users of industrial and/or manufacturing space, to lease and redevelop the Site for an as-of-right industrial use as permitted within a M3-1 zoning. A successful RFP will accomplish the following goals: (1) enable and enhance the growth of the City’s industrial and/or manufacturing base through the redevelopment of the Site, (2) protect and create industrial jobs, (3) create a financially feasible and economically viable project, (4) expand and preserve quality jobs for local residents, and (5) serve as a physical example of high-quality, sustainable design and construction. To download this RFP, click here.

Brooklyn Municipal Building Retail (due: February 7, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, is seeking proposals from qualified developers and/or commercial businesses to purchase or lease and redevelop an approximately 37,000 square foot space in the western portion of the ground and second floors of 210 Joralemon Street. For more information, click here.

Applied Sciences, Consultant Services (due March 11, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is offering a unique opportunity to develop a premier science and research facility and campus in the City of New York (“the City”). In a City with more than 626,000 students and 39 percent of global market capitalization, the City is a business and academic capital, both nationally and internationally. For more information, 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.

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 streetscape. 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 12/20 – 12/24

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Finance
Date: Monday, December 20th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 437 – Authorizing an increase in the amount to be expended in 7 BIDS
Reso 2101 – Approving the new designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Expense Budget.

Committee on Public Safety (Jointly with the Committee on Education)
Date: Monday, December 20th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 442 – Reports on school discipline and police department activity relating to schools.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Monday, December 20th
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Can be found here.