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Affairs and Appointments – December 23, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – December 23, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell President Skorton and Technion President Lavie Announce Historic Partnership to Build a New Applied Sciences Campus On Roosevelt Island
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Has Attracted a Record Number of Tourists in 2011 and Crowns Honorary 50 Millionth Visitors
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Taxi Commissioner Yassky, Legislative Leaders and Livery Drivers Celebrate Historic Agreement on Five-Borough Taxi Plan
  • New York City Council Votes to Override Mayoral Veto of Outsourcing Accountability Act

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement Reached on Taxi Legislation

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Project Pop-Up
    • EDC: Industrial Business Improvement Districts Development
    • DDC: An Academic Consortium Contract to Support the City’s Town and Gown Program
    • EDC: Consultant Services, NYC Media Lab

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 12/26 – 12/30


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell President Skorton and Technion President Lavie Announce Historic Partnership to Build a New Applied Sciences Campus On Roosevelt Island
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cornell University President David J. Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie today announced an historic partnership to build a two-million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The selection of the Cornell/Technion consortium – which pairs two of the world’s top institutions in the fields of science, engineering, technology and research – marks a major milestone in the City’s groundbreaking Applied Sciences NYC initiative, which seeks to increase New York City’s capacity for applied sciences and dramatically transform the City’s economy. Cornell/Technion’s proposal was among the many strong proposals that were submitted to the City from a number of world-class institutions around the globe as part of the City’s groundbreaking competitive process. The Cornell/Technion consortium was ultimately selected due to the large scale and vision of their proposal, the long and impressive track-record of both institutions in generating applied science breakthroughs and spinning out new businesses, the financing capacity of the consortium, the focus of the consortium on the collaboration between academia and the private sector, and the overall capacity of the partnership to execute the project. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Has Attracted a Record Number of Tourists in 2011 and Crowns Honorary 50 Millionth Visitors
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC & Company Board of Directors Chair and Metropolitan Museum of Art President Emily Rafferty today announced that New York City will reach 50.2 million visitors by the end of 2011, achieving the goal of attracting 50 million visitors by 2012 one full year ahead of schedule. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Taxi Commissioner Yassky, Legislative Leaders and Livery Drivers Celebrate Historic Agreement on Five-Borough Taxi Plan
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky today joined with livery drivers and legislative leaders to celebrate the historic agreement to bring legal taxi service to the 7 million New Yorkers who live outside Manhattan’s Central Business District. First announced in January in Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City speech, the bill will create a new class of livery licenses, which will be able to pick up passengers on the street in Northern Manhattan and outside Manhattan. The Taxi and Limousine Commission will issue up to 18,000 of these new licenses, 20 percent of which will be wheelchair accessible. For more information, click here.

New York City Council Votes to Override Mayoral Veto of Outsourcing Accountability Act
The City Council voted to override a Mayoral veto of the Council’s Outsourcing Accountability Act. This legislation will amend an existing law to require the City to perform cost benefit analyses for certain outsourcing contracts. It will also increase transparency by requiring public notice of intended service contracts, giving City employees and private vendors alike increased time to better prepare to compete for the opportunity to fill those needs. The Council also voted to approve a proposed project to construct the city’s first “Energy Neutral” school and to consider three bills born out of recommendations made by the Green Codes Task Force. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement Reached on Taxi Legislation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that an agreement has been reached to provide taxi service to all five boroughs of New York City and improve access to taxi and livery cabs for persons with disabilities. Governor Cuomo will approve the bill and the legislature has agreed to introduce a chapter amendment in the next legislative session.
The agreement includes the creation of a new class of hail-accessible inter-borough livery licenses, 20% of which will be for vehicles accessible to individuals with disabilities. The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) will be authorized to issue up to 18,000 of these new licenses and will be required to provide grants of up to $15,000 to retrofit vehicles to accommodate the disabled or to purchase accessible vehicles. The agreement also authorizes the city to sell 2,000 new medallions, all of which will be restricted to vehicles that are accessible to the disabled. For more information, click here.
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CURRENT RFP’s

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

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.

An Academic Consortium Contract to Support the City’s Town and Gown Program (January 17, 2012) – This notice amends and supplements a notice published in The City Record from July 13, 2011 to July 19, 2011. New York City Department of Design and Construction (“DDC”) is establishing an academic Consortium Contract. DDC would manage this consortium contract as a multiple award task order/open ended requirements contract to be available to all City agencies to support the goals of the City’s Town and Gown program, a Built Environment systematic action research program (”Town and Gown”). In its first two years of operation, the members of Town have consisted of practitioners at New York City built environment agencies. As Town and Gown evolves and expands, the membership of Town is expected to include practitioners at other public owners. Thus, to the extent the procurement laws applicable to other participating public owners permit, the Consortium Contract would be available to them to support their research projects from the Town and Gown Research Agenda. 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.

Consultant Services, NYC Media Lab (January 25, 2012) – NYCEDC seeks to facilitate greater cooperation between industry and academia on generating intellectual property and new research, through the oversight of NYC Media Lab, a project launched in 2009. Activities of the NYC Media Lab might include increasing research relationships between private sector and university researchers, fundraising and growing NYC Media Lab memberships, coordinating research panels and lectures, and hosting networking events – all with the goal of fostering greater local private sector-university collaboration. 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.

Project Pop-Up (February 14, 2012) – In January 2010, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, launched Fashion.NYC.2020, a strategic study to identify the important trends affecting the industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings. The industry Chairs for Fashion.NYC.2020 are Richard Darling, CEO of LF USA; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P., and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe. A key growth opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to grow the number of innovative multi-channel fashion retailers based in the City, especially given the explosive sales growth of online retail. As part of this effort, it is important to recognize and promote promising nascent multi-channel retail concepts. One way to do so is through a competition to reward relatively young, high-growth-potential City-based retailer(s) with support in the form of a temporary pop-up shop, PR/marketing assistance, and business mentors, among other prizes. 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.

Industrial Business Improvement Districts Development (February 22, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking consultant services in support of the development and planning of new industrial Business Improvement Districts (Industrial BID) or the expansion of existing Industrial BIDs in M-zoned districts in New York City. Proposals for areas located within Industrial Business Zones and Industrial Ombudsman Areas (IOAs) are encouraged. NYCEDC seeks to provide targeted and innovative support to the industrial community through the creation of new Industrial BIDs. The new Industrial BIDs will improve the efficiency and functioning of the industrial sector in New York City by providing unique services that are targeted to the variety of issues facing industrial communities. The Industrial BIDs will provide a sustainable source of funding for the proposed industrial districts, thereby ensuring their stability and spurring their growth. 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.

NYC Transit’s Response to December 2010 Blizzard

On Sunday, December 26, 2010 and the early hours of Monday, December 27, over two feet of snow fell on the New York metropolitan area accompanied by high winds. The blizzard was not predicted until just 24 hours before and hit New York City with even more force than anticipated. New York City Transit (NYC Transit) service was dramatically curtailed on both buses and subways by 9:00 PM. Many customers and employees traveling aboard subway cars and buses became stranded during the evening of the blizzard and as the night wore on. Their isolation increased by having little to no communication with outside parties. NYC Transit estimates that approximately 650 buses were stuck in the snow, while some 500 people were stranded aboard subway cars overnight. The recovery process was lengthy, with passengers still being rescued on Monday morning. Full service was not restored for several days. Following the storm and subsequent clean up, the Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) charged the various MTA agencies (including NYC Transit) with conducting internal reviews of their responses to the December blizzard to identify weaknesses and make recommendations for improvement. Best practices from other transit properties were to be analyzed by MTA along with the need for long-term technological improvements in communication and storm response capability. For more information on this matter, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 12/26 – 12/30

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

There are no meetings currently scheduled for next week.