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Affairs and Appointments – December 18, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – December 18, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley Release First-Ever New York City Neighborhood Air Quality Report
  • City Council passes plan to rezone the West Side Railyards; rejects Kingsbridge Armory

II. This week in New York State Government

  • MTA Board approves slashed services
  • Governor Paterson outlines payment reduction plan to keep state solvent
  • Governor Paterson accepts final report on State Liquor Authority Reforms

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week:
    • ACS: Domestic Violence Initiative

IV. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

V. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of December 21-25


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley Release First-Ever New York City Neighborhood Air Quality Report
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg andHealthCommissioner Dr. Thomas Farley released the New York City Community Air Survey, the first-ever comprehensive survey of street-level air quality in New York City. The survey reveals wide variations in wintertime air quality across the City, with the highest levels of pollution occurring in areas with heavier traffic and a greater concentration of oil-burning boilers in commercial and residential buildings. For more information, click here. For a copy of the report, click here.

  2. City Council passes plan to rezone the West Side Railyards; rejects Kingsbridge Armory
    The City Council overwhelming passed a Land Use bill to rezone the Western Rail Yards (WRY). The rezoning plan will allow for the preservation of existing and the creation of new affordable housing for the neighborhood, the vast majority of which is permanent. The plan also allows for the development of 16,000 square feet of cultural space for the community and the creation of a new green space. Capalino+Company represented the developer, Related Companies, during this rezoning. For more information, please click here.

    The City Council also rejected the rezoning of the Kingsbridge Armory project that would have turned the empty Armory in the Bronx into a shopping mall. The plan was estimated to cost about $300 million and would have provided about 2,200 jobs. For more coverage, please click here and here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. MTA Board approves slashed services
    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a punishing slate of service cuts. The authority’s board unanimously approved the plan — which includes eliminating the W and Z subway lines, reducing service on dozens of bus routes, and phasing out free fares for students — to cope with a $400 million shortfall in state financing that emerged in the past two weeks. For more information, click here and here.

  2. Governor Paterson outlines payment reduction plan to keep state solvent
    Governor David A. Paterson outlined what steps he has directed the Division of the Budget to take in order to keep New York State solvent. To address a severe cash shortage and help keep the current-year budget in balance, he has ordered $750 million in reductions to scheduled December payments. For more information, click here.

  3. Governor Paterson accepts final report on State Liquor Authority Reforms
    Governor David A. Paterson announced that he will accept the New York State Law Revision Commission’s Report on the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law and its Administration. Commission’s Findings Show Substantial Progress at Reforming the SLA while Governor Calls for Elimination of Licensing Backlog by October 2010. Click here for more information.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Domestic Violence Initiative (due February 2, 2010) The Administration for Children`s Services is seeking an appropriately qualified vendor to provide training, technical assistance, case consultation and other programmatic and consulting support to DVPP and the Agency’s foster care and preventive agencies to ensure appropriate assessment of and intervention with families in which domestic violence and child maltreatment co-occur. To download this RFP, click here.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 14, 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 Civil Rights
Date: Monday, December 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Reso 190 – Amend the Election Law so that prisoners are counted as residents of the county in which they reside prior to incarceration, rather than as residents of the county in which they are detained.
Reso 2261 – Census Bureau to enforce a decennial census enumeration policy in which incarcerated juveniles and adults are counted in keeping with the “one person, one vote” principle inherent in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

Committee on Immigration
Date: Monday, December 21
Time: 10:15 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Reso 1087 – Congress to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Monday, December 21
Time: 10:45 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 1063-A – Notice of major street construction projects.

Committee on Finance
Date: Monday, December 21
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 1106 – Authorizing an increase in the amount to be expended in eight business improvement districts.

  • Preliminary Budget Extender Bill
  • Approving new designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Fiscal 2009 and Fiscal 2010 Expense Budgets.

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Monday, December 21
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 1014 – Regionally significant projects and empire zones.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Monday, December 21
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall

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