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Affairs and Appointments – December 30, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – December 30, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Highlights the Many Free and Low-Cost Activities, Including Cultural Exhibits, Performances and Outdoor Activities Available to New Yorkers and Their Families This Winter Season
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Health Commissioner Farley Announce New Yorkers Living Longer Than Ever, Outpacing National Trend
  • Mayor Bloomberg Presides Over Bill Signing Ceremony
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly and Fire Commissioner Cassano Announce Near Record Public Safety Levels Maintained in 2011
  • Public Advocate DeBlasio Names Worst Landlords of 2011, Lauds Repairs at 176 Buildings

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Launches Countdown to Lower Taxes for New Yorkers

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 1/2 – 1/6


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Highlights the Many Free and Low-Cost Activities, Including Cultural Exhibits, Performances and Outdoor Activities Available to New Yorkers and Their Families This Winter Season
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh andNYC & CompanyCEO George Fertitta outlined a few of the hundreds of free and low-cost, family-friendly cultural activities occurring across the City and invited New Yorkers in all five boroughs to take full advantage of them. New York City offers countless attractions at museums, theaters, parks, recreation centers, public libraries, Business Improvement Districts and other venues, including special holiday events, with a free or suggested admission cost. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Health Commissioner Farley Announce New Yorkers Living Longer Than Ever, Outpacing National Trend
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley today announced that, surpassing national figures, New Yorkers are living longer than ever before. Influenced by New York City’s aggressive public health initiatives and improvements in the quality of the health care delivery system, babies born in New York City in 2009 have the record high life expectancy of 80.6 years, an increase of nearly three years since 2000 and nearly two and a half years more than the most recently reported national rate of 78.2 years. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Presides Over Bill Signing Ceremony
This week, Mayor Bloomberg signed a number of bills into law:

  • Intro 746 (Dilan) – Requires all newly installed carbon monoxide alarms to have an audible signal and requiring their replacement upon expiration.
  • Intro 643-A (Recchia) – Regarding the collection of the commercial motor vehicle tax.
  • Intros 576-A (Gennaro), 578-A (Gennaro) and 592-A (Chin) – Furthering the City’s efforts to reduce carbon emission, improve air and water quality, and limit waste.
  • Intro 720-A (Koslowitz) – Amends regulations on bicycle storage in parking garages.
  • Intro 563-A (Ignizio) and Intro 566-A (Levin) – Relating to the notification and reporting of the possible presence of PCBs in City School Buildings

Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly and Fire Commissioner Cassano Announce Near Record Public Safety Levels Maintained in 2011
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,PoliceCommissioner Raymond W. Kelly andFireCommissioner Salvatore J. Cassano announced that near record levels for public safety were maintained in 2011, with crime on the decline again and the second lowest number of fire deaths since comparable records have been kept. Prior to 2002, the city had not recorded fewer than 600 murders in a year since the early 1960s. For more information, click here.

Public Advocate DeBlasio Names Worst Landlords of 2011, Lauds Repairs at 176 Buildings
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced the latest additions and new features to his New York City’s Worst Landlords Watch List. There are now 317 landlords listed, and the updated Watch List now tracks whether their violations are on the rise or being repaired. The site, which is featured on Craigslist.org to assist apartment hunters, also includes a new list of 176 buildings recently removed from the Watch List because violations like lead paint, infestations and mold have been addressed. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Launches Countdown to Lower Taxes for New Yorkers
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a clock on his website counting down to January 1, when the lowest tax rates for middle-class New Yorkers in fifty eight years go into effect. To find information about the new tax rates and to view the countdown clock visit www.governor.ny.gov.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

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.

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

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Finance
Date: Tuesday, January 3
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 644 – Establishment of the Westchester Square BID
Reso 1174 – Increase annual expenditure of six BIDs

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 4
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Charter Meeting