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Affairs and Appointments – December 24, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – December 24, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three Bills
  • Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Overhaul of the New York State Juvenile Justice System to Improve Public Safety, Break the Cycle of Crime and Save Taxpayers Millions
  • New York City Council passes legislation that protects student safety and other matters
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Representatives Maloney, King and Nadler and First Responders Celebrate Passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor-Elect Cuomo Announces Appointments for Top-Level Positions in the New Administration
  • Attorney General-Elect Eric Schneiderman Announces Senior Legal Staff Appointments
  • Governor Paterson Issues Executive Order to Advance Economic Development Efforts with Unused RZTB Bonds
  • Governor Paterson Acts on Three Bills

CURRENT RFPs
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 12/27 – 12/31


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three Bills
This week, Mayor Bloomberg signed three bills into law this week:

  • Intro 428-A (All Members) – Renames 67 Thoroughfares and Public Places Throughout the City.
  • Intro 343-A (Dilan) – Amends the New York State Energy Conservation Code.
  • Intro 396-A (Rose) – Requires the Commission on Human Rights to Include new information in the Annual Report.

Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Overhaul of the New York State Juvenile Justice System to Improve Public Safety, Break the Cycle of Crime and Save Taxpayers Millions
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg outlined a comprehensive plan to overhaul the State’s juvenile justice system by allowing localities the authority to operate all juvenile services. The plan comes after decades of dysfunction and waste by a State system with some of the highest recidivism rates in the country: 81 percent of young men are rearrested within three years.  For more information, click here.

New York City Council passes legislation that protects student safety and other matters
This week, the Council voted unanimously in favor of a bill that will provide unprecedented information regarding student disciplinary measures and actions relating to school safety.  The Council also voted to approve the Riverside development on the Upper West Side, which is anticipated to improve the neighborhood with additional affordable housing units, retail space and a school.  For more information on these actions, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Representatives Maloney, King and Nadler and First Responders Celebrate Passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
After years of fierce lobbying and debate, Congress approved a bill on Wednesday to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others who became sick from toxic fumes, dust and smoke after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.  The $4.3 billion bill cleared its biggest hurdle this week when the Senate unexpectedly approved it just 12 days after Republican senators had blocked a more expensive House version from coming to the floor of the Senate for a vote.  For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor-Elect Cuomo Announces Appointments for Top-Level Positions in the New Administration
In the past week, Governor-Elect Cuomo has announced a number of high-level appointments.  They include:

Name Title Current Position
Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH Commissioner, Department of Health Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, Associate Investigator at the Geisinger Center for Health Research and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Value & Comparative Effectiveness at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Paul T. Williams Executive Director and President, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York Executive Director and President, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Sabrina M. Ty Deputy Secretary of Legal Affairs Legislative Counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Linda A. Lacewell Special Assistant to the Governor Special Counsel to the Attorney General and head of the Attorney General’s Healthcare Industry Taskforce.
Joseph D’Amico Superintendent of the State Police Chief Investigator at the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s office.
Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez Commissioner, Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner and Director of Community Services at Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and the Developmental Disabilities Services.
Alphonso David Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights
Richard Bamberger Director of Communications Director of Communications, State Attorney General
Larry Schwartz Senior Advisor to the Governor Secretary to the Governor
Paul Francis Director of Agency Redesign and Efficiency Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Products Division, Bloomberg L.P.

For more information on these appointments and background information, click here, here and here.

Attorney General-Elect Eric Schneiderman Announces Senior Legal Staff Appointments
This week, Attorney-Elect Eric Schneiderman announced a series of appointments to his senior staff.  They are:

Name Title Current Position
Harlan Levy First Deputy Attorney General Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
Barbara D. Underwood Solicitor General Solicitor General, State of New York
Terryl Brown Counsel to the Attorney General Executive Vice President and General Counsel, New York Power Authority
Karla Sanchez Executive Deputy Attorney General Partner – Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
Nancy Hoppock Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Chief of the Criminal Division, United States Attorney
Janet Sabel Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice General Counsel, Legal Aid Society

Governor Paterson Issues Executive Order to Advance Economic Development Efforts with Unused RZTB Bonds
Governor David A. Paterson announced that he has signed Executive Order No. 44, which provides for the reallocation of unused Recovery Zone Facility Bond (RZFB) authorizations. This Executive Order will help ensure that the State and its localities take advantage of the federally enacted RZFB program.  Recovery Zone Facility Bonds are designed to provide tax incentives for the State and local governments to help restore areas suffering from significant poverty and high unemployment and home foreclosures. Through lower borrowing costs, the bonds help spur job creation and economic recovery in distressed areas.  For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson Acts on Three Bills
Governor David A. Paterson announced he has signed into law S.7034-A/A.8735-A, which will increase the amount of exemptions in bankruptcy proceedings and money judgments and provide a choice between State and Federal exemptions.  He also announced that he vetoed the following bills:
S.8379-A/A.10257-D: Broadens scope of prevailing wage requirements for service employees and establishes criminal penalties for violations.
S.8454/A.11672: Relates to prevailing wages for service workers; repealer.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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 12/27 – 12/31

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

There are no meetings currently scheduled for next week.