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Affairs and Appointments – December 3, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – December 3, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Health and Hospitals Corporation President Aviles Announce Stat! for New York City’s Public Hospitals a Five-Borough Music and Arts Festival Created to Raise Money for City’s Public Hospitals
  • Mayor Bloomberg and New York Organ Donor Network Launch Innovative Organ Preservation Program
  • Mayor Bloomberg Commemorates World AIDS Day and Launches ‘Brooklyn Knows’ Voluntary HIV Testing Initiatives
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Silver and Alexandria Real Estate Equities Open New State-of-the-Art Science Park in Manhattan
  • Speaker Quinn, Council Members Commemorate World AIDS Day, One Year Anniversary of Innovative HIV/AIDS Social Media Campaign

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Legislature Passes Historic Wage Theft Protection Act
  • Assembly Passes Moratorium on Hydrofracking

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • NYCHA: GSD_Environmental Consultant
    • DOE: Gifted and Talented Assessment Program

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 12/06 – 12/10


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Health and Hospitals Corporation President Aviles Announce Stat! for New York City’s Public Hospitals a Five-Borough Music and Arts Festival Created to Raise Money for City’s Public Hospitals
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President Alan Aviles announced STAT! For New York City’s Public Hospitals a Five-Borough Music and Arts Festival created to raise money for the City’s public hospitals. Presented by the HHC Foundation of New York City, STAT! will run from December 5th – 12th and feature multicultural performances and events throughout the five boroughs with local and internationally-acclaimed Latin music, gospel, jazz, soul and hip-hop artists. Proceeds will be used to help buy new medical equipment, upgrade technology in HHC facilities and raise awareness about the City’s public hospital system. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and New York Organ Donor Network Launch Innovative Organ Preservation Program
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York Organ Donation Network announced the launch of a new pilot program to honor the wishes of registered organ donors and help save lives. Nearly 8,000 people in New York City are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, yet the United States does not have a procedure in place to recover organs from locations outside of hospitals. The new pilot program, made possible by a partnership between Bellevue Hospital and the City’s Police and Fire Departments, will allow the City to test the feasibility of recovering organs from the 400-plus eligible people who die of cardiac arrest outside of Manhattan City hospitals each year. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Commemorates World AIDS Day and Launches ‘Brooklyn Knows’ Voluntary HIV Testing Initiatives
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced an ambitious new initiative in New York City’s fight against HIV/AIDS. In a morning commemoration of World AIDS Day, the Mayor officially launched Brooklyn Knows, a community-based testing effort that aims to help a half-million Brooklyn residents learn their HIV status over the next four years, and highlighted the city’s leadership to date in making HIV testing a routine part of health care. The Mayor was joined at the Brooklyn Public Library by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, and awardees. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Silver and Alexandria Real Estate Equities Open New State-of-the-Art Science Park in Manhattan
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and Alexandria Real Estate Equities CEO Joel S. Marcus opened the Alexandria Center for Life Science – New York City, a state-of-the-art science park on Manhattan’s East Side. The new 310,000-square-foot, 15-floor facility, the first of three buildings to be developed as part of Alexandria’s newest life science cluster campus, will connect and foster unique and innovative collaborations among New York City’s world-renowned academic and medical institutions, preeminent scientific talent, access to venture capital funds, and the commercial life science industry. Joining the Mayor at the event, which took place at the Alexandria Center at 450 East 29th Street in Manhattan, were Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky, Community Board 6 Chair and Capalino+Company Senior Vice President Mark P. Thompson, Partnership for New York City President and CEO Kathryn Wylde and Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation President Maria C. Freire. For more information, click here.

Speaker Quinn, Council Members Commemorate World AIDS Day, One Year Anniversary of Innovative HIV/AIDS Social Media Campaign
Speaker Christine C. Quinn along with Council Members commemorated the 15th anniversary of World AIDS day in New York City. December 1st also marked the first anniversary of the City Council’s HIV/AIDS social media campaign “I Talk Because” (www.youtube.com/italkbecause). For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Legislature Passes Historic Wage Theft Protection Act
The Wage Theft Prevention Act (S8380/Savino – A11726/Heastie), has now passed both houses protecting thousands of hard-working men and women from unscrupulous employers who steal their earnings by paying less than minimum wage, misclassifying them as independent contractors, forcing them to work off the clock and various other schemes. This important legislation will increase penalties and strengthen enforcement of laws protecting workers from nonpayment and underpayment of wages. For more information, click here.

Assembly Passes Moratorium on Hydrofracking
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Robert K. Sweeney announced the passage of legislation (A.11443-B) that would suspend the issuance of new permits for natural gas or oil drilling involving hydraulic fracturing, known as hydrofracking, until May 15, 2011. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Professional Development Training and Related Services (due December 8, 2010) – The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Division of Citywide Personnel Service (DCPS) is seeking the services of up to forty (40) qualified practitioners to provide short-term practical professional development training and training program design courses, special team-building events, individualized and small group coaching, strategic planning/retreat design and facilitation, and curriculum development/instructional design. These services will be provided for the City of New York and other entities seeking these services through DCAS. To download this RFP, click here.

GSD_Environmental Consultant (due December 13, 2010)The NYCHA seeks a qualified environmental consultant firm to provide Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment and Phase II – Environmental Site Investigation at Prospect Plaza, proposed site for redevelopment. For more information, click here.

Young Adult Internship Programs (due December 15, 2010) – In 2006, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg created the Commission for Economic Opportunity (Commission) to examine nontraditional approaches to addressing poverty in New York City (City). The Commission’s recommendations, released in September 2006, identified young adults as an important target population for anti-poverty efforts. Citing a range of labor market challenges, the Commission recommended that strategies be adopted to re-engage youth who are disconnected from school and work. For more information, click here.

Tier II Family Shelters (due December 15, 2010) – The Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”, “Agency” or “Department”) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate Privately Owned Tier II Family Residences. Tier II Residences, which are required to be operated in accordance with New York State Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 18, Part 900 (18 NYCRR 900), provide temporary housing accommodations and social services to homeless families until permanent housing alternatives become available. To download the RFP, click here.

Consultant Services for the New York City Human Services Data Project (HS Data) – New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) is soliciting proposals from prospective proposers to support the Human Services Data Project in developing financial analysis and common performance measures for Client and Community Based Service (CCS) providers in New York City. DoiTT is seeking to award up to two (2) contracts for the following two options: Option 1 Performance Outcome Measures and Option 2 Financial Health Measurement. For more information on this, click here.

Zerega-Havemeyer Industrial (due December 17, 2010) – Seeking proposals for the sale of an approximately 99,370 square foot parcel of land located on Block 3540, Lots 29 and 40, in the Zerega/Castle Hill section of the Bronx (the “Site”). The Site is part of the Zerega Industrial Business Zone. To download the RFP, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On November 30, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items. The agenda can be found here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 12/03 – 12/10

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Monday, December 6, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Finance
Date: Monday, December 6, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Oversight – Examination of the November Financial Plan

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Monday, December 6
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Oversight and Investigations (Jointly with Committee on Governmental Operations)
Date: Monday, December 6th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Evaluating the Board of Elections’ Performance in the 2010 General Election

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Monday, December 6th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services (Jointly with the Committee on Transportation)
Date: Tuesday, December 7th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Accessible Taxis and Other For-Hire Vehicles
Intro 433 – Requiring that any new taxicab design, approved by the taxi and limousine commission, be accessible to wheelchair users.

Committee on Technology (Jointly with the Committee on Health)
Date: Tuesday, December 7th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16h Floor
Agenda: Oversight – New York City’s Efforts to Implement Electronic Health Records: Infrastructure, Funding and Challenges

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Tuesday, December 7th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 428 – A Local Law in relation to the naming of 67 thoroughfares and public places.

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, December 8th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Wednesday, December 8th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda to be Announced

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, December 8th
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Thursday, December 9th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Bicycling in the NYC – Opportunities and challenges

Committee on Youth Services
Date: Thursday, December 9th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Young Fatherhood Initiatives

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Thursday, December 9th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – DHS’s Homebase Study
Intro 395 – Requiring the Department of Homeless Services and the Human Resources Administration to track and report to the Council certain data regarding rental assistance programs for the homeless.
Preconsidered – Requiring that the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) count toward its total shelter census figure and post on its website certain enumerated categories of information.

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